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Hello, Kathy -

If you use steel wool to scrub scorch marks from the bottom of an iron, you will scratch the surface of the iron bottom inviting more ironing problems.

Instead follow the steps here, using vinegar and salt:
http://worldinsidepictures.com/nine-things-you-should-clean-with-vinegar/
(Tip #5.)
Use a soft cloth to rub the vinegar and salt mixture on the iron bottom to remove the scorch marks.

I learned this non-abrasive cleaning method in high school home economics class.

Best wishes.

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