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fusing gunk on iron 08 Dec 2014 17:01 #124682

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A lot of them fold so that you can use the same sheet on the top and the bottom. And, in the US, you can use parchment paper in the same way. I don't know what it's called overseas, but don't mix it up with waxed paper! Parchment paper doesn't stick to the iron or to the fusible.
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fusing gunk on iron 08 Dec 2014 16:42 #124680

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and if you have a spare one put it between the iron and the fusible as well as underneath....


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fusing gunk on iron 08 Dec 2014 11:13 #124672

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I know this is an old thread, but thought I would mention if you do a lot of fusing, to use a Teflon pressing sheet. NOTHING sticks to those sheets, and it saves you from getting fusible stuff in your ironing board cover. It may still get on your iron, but an iron is easier to clean than the ironing board cover. I have multiple sheets and sizes and just use what ever size I need. They also work great for keeping your table clean if you are doing any painting etc. on your fabric, just put the Teflon sheet on your table, and your work on top of it, and you don't need to worry about any messes while you are working.

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Re: fusing gunk on iron 19 Apr 2012 18:40 #79361

try a dry SOS pad if the iron is stainless steel
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Re: fusing gunk on iron 09 Mar 2012 18:41 #77373

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Read down this list - the best solutions are already posted, :shock: :D
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Re: fusing gunk on iron 09 Mar 2012 13:41 #77363

I know it doesn't help with the current problem but in the future a Teflon applique sheet under your work, and an separate older or inexpensive iron just for fusing work for me!
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Got some Bonash cleaner today 26 Sep 2009 21:43 #38746

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I went to the Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan, and on the recommendation of this thread, bought soe Bonash cleaner. I will try it out soon!

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26 Sep 2009 01:14 #38712

I don't fuse much, so I've never had this problem--sorry, Alex! But I read somewhere to use a brown paper grocery bag, bottom cut off, and placed around the ironing board to use as a surface for fusing to protect the ironing board cover. Judy in Torrance
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24 Sep 2009 17:58 #38676

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Diane.... You were right about the BoNash iron cleaner sheets. They work great! I used one today and my iron was clean after two passes. I can't remember the last time I cleaned it either. It was so nice.... No burnt fingers or smell and no scrubbing. BoNash is a keeper. :-)

I don't like teflon ironing board covers but got tired of replacing the cotton ones. I took a wet paper towel and cleaned my teflon ironing board cover off and I'm good to go!

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Use freezer paper on ironing board cover? 24 Sep 2009 16:09 #38674

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One show mentioned using freezer paper to protect your ironing board cover from fusibles by ironing the shiny side down before you begin fusing.

I don't do much fusing, but it sounded like a good idea to me!

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23 Sep 2009 17:31 #38653

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I tried a variety of products to clean my iron--the very best is Rowenta's iron cleaner. I have been able to use some of the other ideas here, but they take more work. I have NEVER been able to get the gunk out of an ironing board cover. sigh.

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22 Sep 2009 17:53 #38620

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bar7700 wrote:
Bonash Iron Clean! It was on one of TQS, shows! Found it hiding under a stack of fabric on my cutting table. Still haven't tried it but wanted to post about it.

I have those sheets, and they work GREAT!! I put the sheet on the edge of my ironing board, and swipe my warm iron over it and it is clean in one or two swipes. (use the corner of the board, so you are just using a small area of the sheet, not the whole sheet).

They look like dryer sheets, but actually work great. One sheet will last through many cleanings. I try to clean my iron before it gets too gunky, so I don't know how they would work if it was really bad, but I would imagine it would just take a few more swipes to clean it.

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22 Sep 2009 11:18 #38609

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Bonash Iron Clean! It was on one of TQS, shows! Found it hiding under a stack of fabric on my cutting table. Still haven't tried it but wanted to post about it.

Let us know how you got your iron clean, Alex!
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22 Sep 2009 08:44 #38601

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I have always used.... Dritz Iron-Off. Hot iron cleaner that you can find in Wal-Mart and hobby stores.

Recently I bought the iron cleaning sheets when I ordered fabric online. I always know where everything is in my sewing room. Believe it or not I can't find those sheets! Sometimes I clean up too well and something new gets put in an odd place. I will find them today and report back how they work. My iron is full of spray starch and could use a good cleaning.

Barbara
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