How to Clean Melted Carpet from an Iron’s Plate


Reva asked: How do I clean a carpet-stained iron plate? My iron box accidentally fell on the carpet, and the carpet fibers got stock onto the iron plate. I tried getting rid of the stain by scrubbing it, but it is stuck really hard on the iron. Do I have to purchase a new iron? Please help.

Remove melted or burned on fabrics or synthetics from your iron with this quick fix.  It may cause a bit of smoking, but the result will have your iron looking like new again!

You Will Need:

Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Start by removing any water from your iron if you have a steam setting.
  2. Heat the iron to the hottest temperature setting.
  3. Squirt the iron cleaner onto the cloth. You want the cloth to be moist, but not soaking.
  4. Protect your hands by wearing an oven mitt or thick, heat resistant glove.
  5. Make sure the cloth is folded and/or thick enough to protect your hand from the heat, then rub the iron cleaner directly onto the hot iron plate. It will take the stain right off.
  6. Repeat if necessary until all of the burnt-on material is removed.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Read all iron cleaner package directions carefully before use.
  • This product may cause smoking.  This is normal.


  1. Kathy says:

    That didn’t tell me what an iron cleaner was. Is their not a home remedy to cleaning stuck-on carpet off the iron?

  2. Melanie says:

    The iron cleaner recommended is the Faultless brand Hot Iron Cleaner – click the link above for more information. Using the iron cleaner will likely be faster and more effective than a home remedy. If you really want to try a home remedy though, the recommendations in the article How to Clean Burnt Plastic from a Glass Cooktop might help. However, only use those suggestions on a COOL iron and be sure to use a degreasing dish soap to clean any WD-40 residue off of the iron. Also, the How to Clean an Iron article recommends using salt as an abrasive material to scrub away stains on the iron – maybe with enough salt/scrubbing that could work in this situation as well.

  3. Stella says:

    My son dropped the iron on the carpet, then carried on ironing his jumper sweatshirt material and all he has is an iron print where the carpet has come off of the iron. Can any one email me with a brilliant idea on how to remove the carpet from the jumper?

  4. Melanie says:

    This article might help: How to Remove Melted Nylon from Cotton. (Most carpets are nylon.) If not, you can also try using some tips from the article How to Remove Burn Marks from Clothing.

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