A thorough cleaning is an important first step in any furniture renewal project. Removing decades of dirt and grime often restores much of the original luster. Kevin says it’s hard to believe, but it’s perfectly OK to wash furniture with soap and water.
Drench a paper towel in vinegar and lay the iron on it for a good five minutes, then start rubbing again, more and more crud will come off. Now place the baking soda on the drenched paper towel, place the iron on top of it and start ironing.