Give Your Old Cloth Iron a New Life

Introduction: Give Your Old Cloth Iron a New Life

About: Brain of an Engineer, Heart of an Artist. I love the process of making things and it makes me happy!

....One day I was Ironing my clothes and accidentally placed the Iron on the nylon sock. The iron was so hot that it melted the sock and the molten plastic stuck to the base of the metal iron. This molten plastic would stick to my new clothes while using..

Many of you may have replaced your cloth iron due to this problem. But now , no worries , Save money with my trick..

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Step 1: Materials Required

Materials required for this project are:

1) Aluminium Foil

2) Old Iron

3) Cutter and scissors

4) Screwdriver(s).

Step 2: Open the Iron

Lets begin by opening the cloth iron to reach the iron base. Main goal is to expose the base so that we can wrap the foil on the iron.

Step 3: Cut the Aluminium Foil

Cut the foil to approximate shape of your iron base. Leave about one centimeter from all ends. These ends will fold in.

Step 4: Apply Thermal Paste (Optional)

Now apply a clean and uniform layer of thermal paste. This step is optional if you want cleaner results.

REMEMBER to use a high grade paste which withstands high temperatures .

Step 5: Wrap the Foil

Carefully wrap the foil around as clean as you can. Remove any air bubbles and wrinkles with your fingers or sponge.

Step 6: Pack Up Time

Reassemble the iron parts carefully as they were before.

Step 7: You Are Done

Now you know how to fix a old cloth iron to give it a new life. You will be saving money and time with this little simple trick.

Hope you like this.

Any questions and suggestions are welcomed in the comments.

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    7 years ago

    Is there anything that would prevent you from being able to use a grinder or wire wheel to remove the burned material? Just wondering how the aluminum foil will hold up in the long run


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    The working surface of many irons is actually a non stick coating. Using any form of abrasive is going to remove that coating. You MIGHT be able to use a solvent, but anything strong enough to dissolve melted nylon will probably dissolve the Teflon also.

    Foil should hold up well enough, in the short run. Since it is only interfaced with thermal paste, when it gets worn... just replace. Thermal epoxy would make it a "permanent fix" and probably last a few weeks or months of light use?

    The three "real" answers would be

    1: sand the plate to clean metal(250 grit should work well), polish(500 to 1000 grit wet/dry on a mirror or floated glass), then use like a normal iron, from before teflon was invented.

    2: same as above, but recoating the plate with a nice water based teflon coating. then, making sure the iron can never go above 500 degrees.(teflon water based coatings have a max working temp of 500°F. The nylon melted at 374–663 °F, depending on the specific plastic.)

    3: Save the money from the thermal paste, and instead spend it on a new iron. Seriously, that iron is about $12USD. Enough thermal paste to coat the iron would set me back around $8. Not as friendly to the environment, but...well, sometimes the wallet wins.


    Reply 7 years ago

    We need a "Helpful" button, because you deserve it


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Over the years I have cleaned up old irons with a bit of fine sandpaper and a damp sponge to wipe away any grit. It always worked like a charm and did not interfere with the steam function.


    7 years ago

    you could always use a very fine grade wet n dry


    7 years ago

    Sadly you wouldn't be able to use any of the steam functions as well. I would worry that if you poked holes in the foil it would tear. But if you needed something in a pinch, this is a great fix! And very clear in the process!