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I Ironed the wrong side of the fusible !

sueb | Posted in General Discussion on

I’m always so careful but I finally did it – I ironed the wrong side of the fusible interfacing and now my iron is a mess !  What can I do?  I don’t have any of that iron cleaner stuff in the house, is there anything else that will work? 



  1. kjp | | #1

    Haven't tried it on an iron, but I used Fantastic to get some sticky goo off a wood floor - worked like a charm.  I can't see how it could harm your iron surface.   Also, in a rush, I've used a wet cloth (water) and it wasn't bad, but probably not enough for your iron.  Good luck!  I've done that before many times and thus have a large supply of iron cleaner.  :)

  2. stitchwiz | | #2

    Done this also...

    I have an all metal soleplate on my current steam table.  I put a pad of an old towel on the board to catch the tiny bits &  just rubbed the iron over a pad of very fine steel wool on the towel while it was warm.  I think it was either 000 or 00000 steel wool - the more 0's the finer the steel wool - too coarse and it will scratch your soleplate.  It took a few tries but it all came off and my iron doesn't seem to be any the worse for the wear.

    My sister has a teflon soleplate.  She used a green scrubby pad with a bit of steam on hers while it was still warm - mind you, she only had a little on it , about the size of a silver dollar.  It's a little gentler than steel wool.  I wouldn't recommend steel wool on teflon - you won't have any teflon left.

    Good luck.


    1. sueb | | #3

      Thanks for all the suggestions.  My husband came to my rescue with some adhesive remover and now my iron looks like new !


      1. SewTruTerry | | #4

        Let's hear it for the husband with the great thought regarding the sticky mess.  If he is like my husband he has seen his share of sticky messes.  LOL :-)

  3. MegVT | | #5

    The best way to get off that sticky goo is to use fabric softener dryer sheets.  You do have to take care to not ruin your ironing board cover, though.  Make a thick pad of several towels or newspapers, then top that with a couple of dryer sheets.  Heat your iron, and 'iron' the dryer sheets.  The dryer sheets will remove the interfacing glue and won't scratch your iron at all!

    Note:  the resins in the dryer sheets will melt through lots of newspaper/towels.  You may want to do this on your workbench in the basement or garage, or a scrap piece of board. 


    1. stitchwiz | | #6

      All these wonderful suggestions! NO MESS! Thank you, everyone!

  4. smr | | #7

    The product I use is "Hot Iron" cleaner.   It comes in a tube similar to toothpaste.. put a 2" ribbon on a pice of paper towel or scrap fabric, with your iron hot and no steam you simply rub the hot sole plate back and forth and it's clean.   You can repear this for as many time as you need to.  I've also rubbed it on really bad spots that I thought I'd never get off.  The one thing that I really like is that it doesn't scratch the sole plate.  After you done getting every thing clean you run the iron over a clean cloth to remove whatever residual is left. I've bought this product at JoAnn Fabrics.  My Rowenta iron came with a tube of theirs and a rubbing cloth for after clean up. 

    It also works great if you get stitch witchery on the iron.

    1. SewTruTerry | | #8

      Just be aware however that with the product that you are mentioning that you will need to lower the temperature of the iron or you will risk taking some of the Teflon finish off of the iron.  I would also caution you to do this in a well ventilated area or you risk setting off smoke detectors. 

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