|Douglas Wheelhouse 1||12/03/2015 15:53:42|
155 forum posts
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
|John Lee||12/03/2015 15:56:03|
|786 forum posts|
I use acetone on a cotton wool swab.
|dave parnham||12/03/2015 15:56:58|
190 forum posts
I put some white spirit on a tissue only yesterday and the warm iron rubbed on the tissue cleans itself...easy.
|Douglas Wheelhouse 1||12/03/2015 16:31:13|
155 forum posts
Hi John & Dave,
Thanks for your replies , will give it a go tomorrow.
|The Wright Stuff||12/03/2015 16:38:02|
1382 forum posts
Edited By The Wright Stuff on 12/03/2015 16:38:34
883 forum posts
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 1||12/03/2015 17:19:48|
|563 forum posts|
cellulose thinners for me!
|adrian lawrence 1||12/03/2015 17:50:09|
164 forum posts
IPA (no not India pale ale) works fine too.
|Keith Evans 3||12/03/2015 18:53:49|
|402 forum posts|
Meths and tissues .
|Gary Manuel||12/03/2015 19:12:18|
2294 forum posts
Meths - smells great ..........
641 forum posts
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 1||12/03/2015 23:25:41|
|139 forum posts|
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 Carr||13/03/2015 01:03:18|
725 forum posts
Meths and kitchen roll whilst the irons cooling down
Edited By Craig Carr on 13/03/2015 01:03:46
|Wiltshire Flyer||13/03/2015 03:50:31|
1565 forum posts
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 Bran||13/03/2015 08:32:10|
1896 forum posts
While being aware that the flashpoint of Meths is pretty low.
Edited By Dave Bran on 13/03/2015 08:33:09
2542 forum posts
SWIMBOS nail varnish remover works for me
|Douglas Wheelhouse 1||13/03/2015 09:05:59|
155 forum posts
Thank you everybody who replied to my posting, Long live the forum.
1901 forum posts
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.
1041 forum posts
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 Fry||25/03/2015 12:33:02|
4557 forum posts
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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