Irons are dirty things!
They pick up fibers, dirt, fusible web glue, and even the metallic stuff coating an ironing board cover and burn it onto the sole plate of the iron. This dirt will then transfer to fabric when ironing and leave marks that may not come out.
There are many ways and products to clean dirty irons. But the easiest method is to use a dryer sheet (fabric softener sheets put in the dryer when drying clothes).
How to Clean an Iron
- Place an unused dryer sheet into the fold of a rectangle of fabric.
- Put the fabric on the edge of the ironing surface.
- Scrape the hot iron across the fabric. The dryer sheet removes the gunk, depositing it on the fabric.