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Douglas Wheelhouse 112/03/2015 15:53:42
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Hi to all,

Has anyone any tips on the perfect way to clean all the muck (solarfilm colour,balsaloc etc) from the sole plate of a covering iron Thank you

Douglas Wheelhouse

John Lee12/03/2015 15:56:03
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I use acetone on a cotton wool swab.

dave parnham12/03/2015 15:56:58
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I put some white spirit on a tissue only yesterday and the warm iron rubbed on the tissue cleans itself...easy.

Douglas Wheelhouse 112/03/2015 16:31:13
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Hi John & Dave,

Thanks for your replies , will give it a go tomorrow.


The Wright Stuff12/03/2015 16:38:02
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Sticky Stuff Remover


Edited By The Wright Stuff on 12/03/2015 16:38:34

Levanter12/03/2015 16:43:48
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I would be cautious about acetone on the iron if it is Teflon coated. Acetone is a very aggressive solvent. I can't stand the smell of white spirit so I use alcohol which is very fast acting. Just like Dave above but the solvent and the smell does not linger.

Jez Harris 112/03/2015 17:19:48
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cellulose thinners for me!


adrian lawrence 112/03/2015 17:50:09
164 forum posts

IPA (no not India pale ale) works fine too.

Keith Evans 312/03/2015 18:53:49
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Meths and tissues .

Gary Manuel12/03/2015 19:12:18
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Meths - smells great ..........

i12fly12/03/2015 22:22:33
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Another vote for meths, evaporates quickly, and as its water soluble I flush the used tissues down the toilet so no lingering smells

ROY DAVIES 112/03/2015 23:25:41
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To ease her workload I recently bought my wife a Teflon shoe for her electric iron 1/4 of a mm thick with some holes.

It fits over the pointy bit and secures with a spring around the back of the handle.

I am tempted to fit one to my covering iron by cutting to size avoiding the stem holes and using a suitable spring to secure it. They are sold in 2s and a search for 'Teflon iron covers' should find them.

Craig Carr13/03/2015 01:03:18
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Meths and kitchen roll whilst the irons cooling down thumbs up

Edited By Craig Carr on 13/03/2015 01:03:46

Wiltshire Flyer13/03/2015 03:50:31
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I have an old tea towel that I wet and fold and keep near me when covering.

I just rub it in the towel at the first sign of something sticking, and when finished.

Works perfectly for me 😀

Dave Bran13/03/2015 08:32:10
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Posted by Craig Carr on 13/03/2015 01:03:18:

Meths and kitchen roll whilst the irons cooling down thumbs up

Edited By Craig Carr on 13/03/2015 01:03:46



While being aware that the flashpoint of Meths is pretty low.

Edited By Dave Bran on 13/03/2015 08:33:09

Ernie13/03/2015 08:38:06
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SWIMBOS nail varnish remover works for me


Douglas Wheelhouse 113/03/2015 09:05:59
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Thank you everybody who replied to my posting, Long live the forum.


onetenor25/03/2015 03:14:06
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My mum used to pass the hot iron across a bar of carbolic soap.Another solvent is amyl acetate which smells much nicer ( pear drops ) There used to be an iron cleaning pad or block which may still be available if Googled. And finally a damp toel on the bench and draw the hot iron acrrss it between strokes. Oh almost forgot WD40 also works.

gangster25/03/2015 10:10:12
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Cellulose thinners for me. Dirt cheap if you buy the standard stuff and I always keep a gallon in the workshop. My covering iron odd have a grey (Teflon .) coating which is finally disappearing time to buy a new none methinks. I have had it since about 1978 and it was second hand then!

Don Fry25/03/2015 12:33:02
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Don't be hasty in replacing new equipment, it still does the job does it not. Buying SWMBO flowers is a better investment.

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