2 Tips for Cleaning an Iron Soleplate

What You'll Need
Baking soda
Scrub Brush
Old Coffee Can

Cleaning an iron sole plate is a simple task that requires a few chemical that can be purchased at any grocery or drug store. Over time ironing may leave residue on the iron soleplate, because the temperature of the iron is too hot for the material being ironed, thereby lightly melting some of the fabric into the soleplate. It is important to remove this melted material to get the iron to work as good as new. Also, over time, tap water leaves mineral deposits on the sole plate clogging the steam channels.

Step 1 – Create the Cleaning solution

Mix together the water and the baking soda in the can. Stir it up to be certain it is a good mixture. Make a paste out of the combined ingredients.

Step 2 – Clean the Soleplate Steam Channels

Take the vinegar and pour it out over the soleplate of the iron to clear out any mineral deposits left from water in the steam channel. Leave the iron upside down for a few minutes to allow for seepage.

Step 3 - Clean the Soleplate Surface

Grasping the iron, take the paste material you created in step 1. Coat the soleplate with the paste. Scrub it into the soleplate with the brush. Wipe off the iron on the rag and rinse it off completely. Fill the iron with water and test the iron on an old piece of worthless clothing to be certain it is clean and will not stain any good clothing.