As time goes by, your clothes iron may get dirty and rusty plates. This doesn't mean it's time to throw the scorched iron away, as you can easily clean the scorched areas and restore your iron to its former look, although it may take a little work to polish it clean.

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Don't throw away your dirty clothes iron.

Step 1

Determine if your steam iron has a nonstick sole plate or an uncoated sole plate, as the cleaning techniques vary for each type of iron.

Step 2

For a scorched iron that has a nonstick sole plate, use a clean piece of cloth and a light detergent. Add a drop of detergent to a cup of water, dip the cloth in the mix and use it to rub the iron's plate. Dry the iron's plate with a clean cloth or towel.

Step 3

For an uncoated iron plate, use metal polish to clean it. Get a clean cloth and wet it with a few drop of the metal polish solution. Rub the scorched iron plate until it is cleaned.

Step 4

To clean dirty iron vents, create a mixture of water and soap. Dip a cotton swab into the mix and use it to clean the dirty vents. Use as many swabs as necessary. Make sure to use a towel or cloth to dry off the iron once it's cleaned.