It is very difficult to iron my clothes. This is my iron.

Whenever I use the iron, the cloth sticks to it, what should I do?

image of the iron box

  • What is the substance stuck to the sole plate of your iron? Is is melted-on cloth or damaged non-stick layer or something else?
    – RedSonja
    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:55
  • Get a new iron, and turn down the temperature, you're melting your clothes onto the iron and that's why it's difficult.
    – Allison C
    Feb 19, 2019 at 15:36

3 Answers 3


I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but with what an electric iron costs these days, the first thing to try is buying another one and not abusing it in the way this one has apparently been abused.

I see some foreign material (melted synthetic fabric?) stuck on the sole plate, and further, about half of the steam vents are clogged with something (can't be sure from the photo whether it's scale from hard water, or more of whatever is stuck on the plate).

Either way, there's also apparently damage to the non-stick coating around the steam vents, and there will almost certainly be more before you can remove the stuck-on material -- and then the steam system still won't work as it should.

A new iron costs (last I checked, in the USA) around $20 for a full-feature steam type -- if your time is worth anything, you'd be far ahead to just buy one and throw that one into the trash or recycling.

  • Correction: “A new iron costs ... around $20 in the US”. Cost etc. in other countries may of course vary!
    – owjburnham
    Feb 25, 2019 at 8:24

I'm gonna start by telling you a way to clean this. Plug in the iron and rub a paracetamol tablet on its ironing surface whilst it is hot. This would melt the sticky substance altogether and you could now wipe it off with a tissue or something. This always works for me but please be careful!!

Concerning how to prevent this in the first place, I think the heat for whatever fabric type should always be set to the appropriate mark. Every type of fabric has the appropriate temperature it should be set to so check your iron. This prevents burning. If you feel the iron is too hot also, please reduce the temperature.

Also keep the iron standing when you are temporally not ironing (for example when adjusting or folding your clothes). This prevents the burning of any surface it might be placed on.

I hope this helps.

  • Excellent answer! Definitely sounds like the OP is melting/burning their clothes to the iron, hopefully they have a working temperature adjustment on their iron and life goes better for them :)
    – L.B.
    Mar 21, 2019 at 17:02
  • Why paracetamol (acetaminophen)? Is it a solvent when liquid? Is there a reason to use it instead of acetone?
    – piojo
    Mar 23, 2019 at 15:31
  • Paracetamol because I heard it worked so I tried it and fortunately, it has always worked. I have never used acetone so I can neither make a comparison nor have a preference. I rub a solid tablet of paracetamol on the stain and the stain melts for easy wiping off.
    – W. Bruce
    Mar 28, 2019 at 20:36

If you can’t replace it Then Clean your iron.
It has burns on the plate because you’re using it too hot and not keeping it topped up with water.
Do not use an abrasive cloth as it will scratch the plate making it is less.
Don’t use on clothes with vinyl printing or nylon which can melt.

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