Cleaning a Rowenta Iron

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When I clean an iron soleplate, I usually use the Faultless Hot Iron product
and have been pleased. It is inexpensive and does a good job for ordinary
cleaning issues. Now I have an iron with a badly damaged sole plate and
while the Faultless did a great job on one iron, it did not work on that
damaged one. The Rowenta sole plate is shiny stainless steel. There is a
'special Rowenta cleaner' available, but the cost is much greater(about
$9.50 vs. $1.50) so I have not used it. I wonder if I should bite the bullet
and pay the $$ for the special cleaner, or if I should try other means.
Suggestions welcome. Thanks!

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Pat in Virginia



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Don't tell the Iron Police, but twice I've cleaned my Rowenta with a green
scratchy pot scrubber, and then a Brillo pad, with soap, when it got a ton
of crud on it from I don't know what. It has a stainless steel soleplate and
gentler methods hadn't worked. It still irons fine, smooth as it can be.

Good luck!

Dogmom




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Whoa. Don't tell the Iron Police this, either, but the cats knocked
mine
off the ironing board. I've "heard tell" you're not supposed to use an
iron after it's had a bad fall.  Might be a good question for the Iron
Police,
if you see them.
I use it anyway. The dang thing cost too much to retire.

Sherry

Cleaning a Rowenta Iron
You might thing it would scratch but Bon-Ami is a great product....it
doesn't scratch
at all.   You can test it in your hand ..no sand it like some of those
cleaners or chlorine.
I use it on my Corian sink...ceramic cooktop..easily cleans bathroom
sinks--and won't take
the shiny finish off....I've even used it on silver jewelry !!!...I'd try it
on
the iron.     My mom used to  have this product at home all the time and
I've only
rediscovered it when  I bought a cooktop ---so much cheaper than some of
the products sold for that purpose.   Mary



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You say 'badly damaged'.  Our DD fried a poodle skirt onto the soleplate of
a Rowenta once.  Phew.  Ugh.  Is your iron that bad?  DH brought that one
back to just fine by taking it out back and sanding it with gasoline.
Another act of desperation is to sprinkle salt on aluminum foil and iron it.
    All we use is warm vinegar on mine but DH, the Yorkie and I don't
entertain poodles.  Poodles, on the other hand, find me extremely attractive
but that's another story.  Polly


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I once used a Magic Eraser sponge on my travel Rowenta, and it worked
like a charm! :)

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Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
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I use the Dritz Iron-Off on my Rowenta with the stainless steel sole
plate. It works just fine.

Julia in MN

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This month's Fons & Porter magazine has a tip....pour salt in about a 6" X
1" stripe on a terry towel, and iron away.  They say it will safely clean
all the gunk off the bottom of your iron.  If you try it, let us know if/how
it works!

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Alice in PA
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Alice,

Thanks. I tried the salt tip on Tuesday. It didn't work for me but I think
that is because the soleplate doesn't really have gunk, but is discolored.
Plus, I only have Morton's Lite Salt (tm) .... which is finer than regular
table salt. So, I went downstairs to find the Bon Ami, as suggested, and got
stung by a yellow jacket, right in my own kitchen, on my face. I was so not
happy! That took care of any housework for me that day, as I sat around with
ice and Rx. I will get back to this next week, after Relay for Life, and my
Sis's visit is over. Never a dull moment in Virginia!

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Pat

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Ouch!  Sorry about the sting!  Our Relay for Life is coming up in a couple
weeks....it's impressive, but not on the scale of the Relays on the
Peninsula!  Have a good visit with your sister!


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Alice in PA
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The Relay for Life was a huge success! We had the fantastic green/cream
Irish chain on display and sold more raffle tickets. The drawing is
tomorrow. I need to tally the accounting slips to find our how much we made
on the raffle, and how much total for our team. The event total is over
$325,000 so far!!

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Pat

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Pat, I've used the cheapie stuff on my Rowenta with NO problems
whatsoever.  Does a great job.  Never even knew there was 'Rowenta-
specific' cleaner out there.  Good Luck!

Kim in NJ

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Pat, I bought the Rowenta kit, and when it was used up, I bought the
Faultless
stuff in the tube. I can't really tell the diff. It looks and smells
the same.
The kit also had a piece of rough terrycloth that you use first, then
a soft
piece of flannel-ish cloth that you polish when you're done. I still
use those.

Sherry

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Thanks, Sherry. That is very useful information. Most of us have some rough
terry and some soft flannel-ish stuff in the house already!

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Pat

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