How to clean a teflon-coated iron from burnt cloth?
Urgent about to iron things, we do not always pay attention to how the sole of the iron looks. As a result, you can get a fabric with yellow-brown traces of unknown origin. Sometimes the reason for this lies in the state in which the device is located.
Causes of pollution
So that the soleplate becomes dirty, sometimes you need exposure to not one but several factors. Here are a few basic ones:
- The most obvious is the non-compliance with the temperature conditions in relation to some types of tissues. Usually, all the information about what kind of care is required for this or that thing is on a label or label. This also applies to the ironing process. Usually this icon is indicated by a symbolic image of the iron with dots that indicate the desired temperature (one corresponds to 110 degrees, two to 150, and three to 200). There are fabrics that cannot even be ironed carefully. As soon as you exceed the permissible temperature, the fabric begins to melt or burn with the formation of a substance that remains on the iron.
- Equally important is the proper ironing technique. Do not leave the iron in one place for more than 2 seconds, and even more so wait until it warms up, laying it on a cloth or other surface with the sole down (for this there are supports).
- Damage and scratches also play an important role. In addition to the fact that they can damage the fabric mechanically, the sole of the iron in the place of lack of coverage heats up more and ceases to protect things.
Removing dirt from scratches is more difficult; moreover, there is a risk of making them larger. Therefore, unfortunately, such a technique must be replaced as soon as possible.
- Glue can also get on the iron if you iron the applique, or plastic from the melted buttons. Therefore, we must remember that it is necessary to iron carefully, in compliance with all the nuances.
- If hard water is poured into the iron, scale may form, which will leave marks on clothing and scratch the coating. And in combination with adhered burnt fabric fibers, it will become dirty.
A feature of the Teflon coating is the lowest coefficient of friction among solids, while not weighing the subject. Therefore, the iron glides so easily that it facilitates the work of a housewife. Widely advertised non-stick properties in fact do not save in emergency cases when it comes to synthetic and delicate fabrics.
Not only does carbon deposit stain things; when heated, it emits an unpleasant odor and impairs glidingtherefore it is necessary to get rid of it immediately. But this does not mean that you need to throw out the electrical device itself. There are ways that quite successfully deal with this problem.
The main methods for cleaning the iron are:
- Mechanical (of course, observing all precautions);
- Using various chemicals.
There are special products on sale whose manufacturers promise cleanliness without much effort. The most common are the so-called pencils (this form of release is very convenient and allows you to spend it sparingly). In addition to fragrances, they include ammonium nitrate, adipic and citric acid. Pencils are:
- Universal (suitable for different surfaces);
- Intended for a specific material.
For teflon, pencils without abrasive particles are available. You can read about their availability in the instructions. It also describes the progress of work:
- First you need to warm up the device to 140 degrees and give it a vertical position.
- Apply evenly over the entire surface.
- Wipe clean with a cotton cloth.
- If necessary, repeat the procedure until complete removal of contaminants.
Since an unpleasant odor may appear at this time, the room must have good ventilation, you can wear a mask or a respirator. Gloves will help protect your hands from burns, and the ironing board from shedding a pencil will help you with a blanket or towel that you can easily stain.
Another representative of household chemicals that can help in this problem is means for cleaning glass-ceramic surfaces, microwave ovens, ovens. If aggressive solvents are not included, you can safely use them. They are applied to dirt or wetted with a plastic bag and put a cold (!) Iron on it. After that, the surface is wiped with soapy water, a clean damp cloth and wiped dry.
Of course, a special tool may not always be at hand, so you can use in the following ways:
- For example, using citric acid, which must be dissolved in hot water (at the rate of 20 grams per glass). Soaked in the resulting solution with a cloth, wipe the problem areas. In the advanced case, it can be left for 20 minutes. The acid can be replaced with ammonia.
- Dissolve table vinegar (spoon in a glass) in a wide container, setting the supports there and lowering the iron on them so that the bottom edge of the sole is in the water. After a short soaking, it must be wiped. It is important that water does not get inside.
- Hydrogen peroxide has good cleaning properties. An alternative to it can be a hydroperite tablet. After cleaning, it is necessary to ventilate the room.
- Small specks can be removed by applying gruel from soda to them.
- You can try methods using toothpaste, baby cream, or tooth soap. A lot of positive reviews were left about them.
During cleaning, you need to pay special attention to the steaming holes - cotton buds are suitable for this. After cleaning, pour water into the iron and press the steam button several times to completely clean the holes.
Some means can be used to wipe other parts, including the case.
One of the disadvantages of Teflon coating is its relative low strength. It is easily scratched and peeled off. That is why, in order to prevent integrity violations, it is impossible to apply various brushes and abrasives to it. The exception is chalk, which must be crushed and try to polish them adhered synthetics.
Another acceptable tool can be a spatula - wooden or teflon, so as not to melt and not aggravate the situation. The bulk of adherent tissue can be removed immediately after adhering or by heating the iron repeatedly. All movements should be sliding, without pressure and blows.
The remains of the burn can be cleaned with paraffin. To do this, you can take an ordinary candle and rub it on the sole. After that, the device is heated. When the paraffin begins to melt, you need to several times pass it on unnecessary cotton or linen fabric. Paraffin must be erased along with burnt material. Holes can be plugged with cotton pads or thoroughly cleaned with steam.
The problem is easier to prevent than to fix, so it is so important to study the instructions for the device or use our tips:
- Much depends on the type of fabric. Care should be taken with silk (natural and artificial), jersey, satin, twill, nylon, polyester. If in doubt, it is better to clarify the information, since some things cannot be ironed at all.
- Care should be taken with embroidery, sequins, locks, buttons, staves. Iron such clothes from the inside so that the surface of the iron is not damaged.
- You cannot lean a hot appliance against the plastic and textile surfaces of furniture, walls, and lay it on the floor, as some types of substances cannot be removed at all.
- To prevent scale formation, use specially designed water or liquid. And the plaque already inside the iron can be removed using vinegar.
If nevertheless a tan appeared on the fabric, it should:
- Do not waste time. The sooner you start cleaning, the better, since frozen and stubborn marks are more difficult to remove.
- The clothes can be reanimated by applying boric acid solution to the tan or wiped with a slice of the onion head, and then washed in the usual way. If the fabric is slightly affected, soak it in a solution of borax (a tablespoon per liter of water). Rinse and dry afterwards. Unfortunately, serious damage can be masked only with stripes or decorative patches - fortunately, they do not lose their relevance.
See how to clean a Teflon-coated iron in the next video.