Is your heating shoe rusty, discolored, or blemished by some type of sticky substance? Here's how to clean
1. First, determine if your shoe heats properly and is free of cracks. You don't want to spend a lot of time cleaning
a shoe that you will have to replace! See the "Inspect a Mangle" section of this web site. As long as you believe the shoe is heating evenly,
it is worth your while to clean it. It may have buildup from just normal use or possibly some residue from fabrics that have starch
or other substances in the fabric. Or it may be rusted from disuse.
2. You can
clean the shoe in one of two ways. The easiest in terms of time and effort is to push back on the red "disengage'
lever, which opens up a little space between shoe and roller. Depending on how bad your shoe looks, or how shiny
you want to get it, you may have better access by removing the shoe assembly from the machine. This is pretty easy and
there are instructions on the Mister Mangle web
way you choose, here's how to clean the shoe:
First, scrub the
(cold) shoe with a damp cloth using no soap but lots of elbow grease. Then get some "000" or very fine steel wool
and scrub the shoe until it gets as shiny as you can get it, using still more elbow grease. Then repeat with the damp
cloth. If this procedure doesn't work, then repeat previous steps but add a little "Soft Scrub" household mild abrasive
cleaner to the steel wool pad. This should take care of your problems.
Note: Once you
get it clean, you should clean it periodically depending on how much you use it and the type of fabric ironed.
If you are using fabrics
with a lot of sythetic materials, these may also cause sticking even on a clean shoe.
Hope this helps! E-mail me if you have any
suggestions for this section.