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How can I remove something that has stuck to the bottom of my iron

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Not a one step process. Depending on what it is, I would start by turning the iron on to HIGH to heat the material up. I would then wipe it with a cotton rag, a bunch of old newspapers, or if necessary, scrape it with a smooth piece of wood like a paint stirrer. You can get paint stirrers free at Lowes or the Home Depot. At some point it might be necessary to rub with a VERY fine steel wool to clean up any tough spots. You should only do this if the iron is not coated with something special like Teflon.

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    Very sorry my suggestion was not beneficial to you.
    The process has worked twice for me in the past.


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