Reported by Christian Tamez
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For many crafters (especially those who sew), irons are invaluable tools that are often called upon when crafting. To me, having the right tool for the right job is very important. So I do own more than one kind of iron, one regular-sized for most ironing tasks, and a smaller Clover craft iron, for tiny ironing jobs.
It’s easy for a well-used iron to develop a layer of burnt on ironed “stuff” and usually once enough of this builds up the iron is deemed dead, thrown away and replaced. Recently, I came across the Rowenta Iron Cleaning Kit, at my Joanns. I had recently lent out an iron to a group of friends, who must have been ironing over plastic, since my once mirror like iron came back to me brown, burnt, and horrible looking. Since I wasn’t really ready to let my iron go, I decided it was time to put this product to the test.
In the box are four things: a tube of the cleaning cream, a white terry cloth towel, a green buffing towel, and instructions. The instructions were simple, put your iron on a high cotton setting. Meanwhile place a towel down to protect your ironing board, on top of this place the included cloths. You’re instructed to put about a two inch line of the cleaning cream on the terry towel. Making sure that there is no water in your iron, you then iron directly over the two inch line of cream, and move the iron in a circular motion.
Right away I noticed a slight odor, and also saw that the towel was picking up the brown bits off my iron. I applied a good amount of pressure and really moved my iron in a circular motion After a while I noticed that the cleaning cream had removed quite a bit of the brown gunk from my iron and it looked like the amount I had placed on the cloth had done all it was going to do. There was still some brown parts so I just repeated the process, another line of cleaning cream, more pressure and circular motion from the iron and I was so impressed when I looked at my iron and Voila! All the brown was gone.
The next step is simple. Ironing over the green buffing cloth to make sure all of the cleaning cream is removed from the iron, as any excess cream could transfer to a fabric and permanently discolor it. But a quick iron over the green cloth, and I could once again see myself in my iron, something which truly makes me happy.
- This works, I love this product
- Fast, with the repeated process included my entire time start to finish was maybe 10 minutes
- Easily available, I got mine at Joanns
- More than one application in a bottle, more like 4-6
- Not just for Rowenta irons
- Nothing wrong with an easy way to clean your iron. No cons from me!
The kit retails for about $15, and is well worth it!
How do you clean your iron? Would the Rowenta Iron Cleaning Kit save your iron? Leave us a comment and let us know!
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