How to Clean your Iron

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While most sewers and quilters use their iron as often as their sewing machines, they don’t often think about the need to clean it. ZJ Humbach shares why this is an important thing to do and shows how to clean your iron.

How to Clean Your Iron Carefully

ZJ begins by explaining that there are many ways that build up can occur on your iron, and even though you may not be able to see it, or the iron may look clean, it is still a good idea to clean it regularly. ZJ shares that she likes to clean her iron while it is on using a product called a hot iron cleaner. She shows how to clean your iron using this product in a way that both cleans your iron and protects your hand from the heat of the iron.

She first explains what temperature and setting the iron should be at when using this product. Once the iron is heated, ZJ shows how to apply the hot iron cleaner and use a cloth to remove it and the build up from the iron. She explains that it may need to be wiped several times to ensure that there is no residue left on the iron. She also explains how to ensure that there is no residue left in the steam openings on the iron. An additional cloth as well as a small amount of water can also be used at the end of the cleaning process to ensure that everything has been removed from the iron.

While showing how to clean your iron, ZJ also explains why it is important to clean your iron, to not only just prolong the life of your iron but to protect your fabric and future projects as well. Once you’ve learned how to clean your iron get more quilting tips and techniques including tips for improving your ironing board.

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