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The other day, I attempted to iron some fabric I was told was wool.  I just needed to iron a little bit for sewing, so I set the iron to it's lowest setting and promptly melted the fabric into some horrible plastic guck!  I did a burn test and it looks like it's about 70% synthetic (probably rayon), and 30% wool.  Sigh!

Now the iron is a gooey burnt mess.  The temptation is to toss it and get a new one, but, in theory, the coating on the iron is tefal (not my choice), so it is supposedly easy to clean. 

I found some nifty videos on how to clean scorch marks and general grubbiness from use, like this one.



But somehow, I don't think this will work for melted crap.  Any ideas how I can selvedge this iron?

 
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I can't get your video to load (slow internet here). I got this at Walmart. It says on the back of it, "Use Hot Iron Cleaner to remove melted webs, fusibles, iron-on interfacing, trims, burned-on synthetics and coatings caused by excess starch and detergent build up." Has a $ back guarantee.

Faultless Hot Iron Cleaner 1 oz. Carded Pack link
 
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I have used a similar product with success. Time has passed, along with the knowledge of the brand name of product I used.
 
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Karen Donnachaidh wrote:I can't get your video to load (slow internet here). I got this at Walmart. It says on the back of it, "Use Hot Iron Cleaner to remove melted webs, fusibles, iron-on interfacing, trims, burned-on synthetics and coatings caused by excess starch and detergent build up." Has a $ back guarantee.

Faultless Hot Iron Cleaner 1 oz. Carded Pack link


This stuff works. And a little patience.
 
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If you melted it on can you not melt it off? Heat and rags?
 
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Drew Moffatt wrote:If you melted it on can you not melt it off? Heat and rags?


Seems like a good idea so I tried this.  The guck attached itself more firmly to the iron plate and stunk up the house.  It was worth a try.  I really hate synthetic fabric! 

 
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Karen Donnachaidh wrote:I can't get your video to load (slow internet here). I got this at Walmart. It says on the back of it, "Use Hot Iron Cleaner to remove melted webs, fusibles, iron-on interfacing, trims, burned-on synthetics and coatings caused by excess starch and detergent build up." Has a $ back guarantee.

Faultless Hot Iron Cleaner 1 oz. Carded Pack link


I ordered some of this from amazon.  I'll give it a try and hope for the best. 
 
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Sorry
 
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Drew Moffatt wrote:Sorry


It's okay Drew. What seems logical isn't always the definitive or correct answer. That goo stuff mentioned does the trick.
 
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Drew Moffatt wrote:Sorry


No worries.  It seemed like a good idea and well worth a try.

 
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Drew Moffatt wrote:If you melted it on can you not melt it off? Heat and rags?


Well, it certainly sounded logical. I've ruined a few cloths trying to make it true. :(
 
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I would have given Drew's suggestion a try too. It sounded good. Reminded me of Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat Comes Back. Voom!!!🌀
And, Drew, never be sorry for good suggestions.
 
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