An Ounce of Prevention:
Instead of This:
When using an adhesive spray, alway spray into a protected area, such as a box.
If you spray the stabilizer like this, you will also be spraying your hoop. Most temporary adhesives will dissipate within a few days from the fabric but not from the plastic hoop.
Adhesive can build up and collect gunk. Cleaning it off can take more time than protecting your hoop before spraying.
You can protect your hoop by creating a “mask.” Here I’ve cut a “window” into a piece of fabric to focus the spray only onto the exposed stabilizer. Make sure the mask is large enough to cover the entire hoop.
When the fabric shield gets too nasty, just throw it out.
TIP: KK2000 can be removed from fabric with a hot dry iron
There are after-market products you can buy to protect your hoop. One such product is the Hoop Shield.
There are specialty hoops for working with sticky stabilizers that are a one-piece metal frame.
With these, you simply peel off the protective sheet on the sticky stabilizer and smooth it into place on the bottom of the hoop. At some point, you may need to clean off the build up.
I have this one from DIME for my Brother and it’s very convenient. It’s fast and easy to use.
A Pound of Cure:
How to Clean:
White Vinegar: Use a shallow container large enough to hold your hoop and fill it with enough white vinegar to cover the entire hoop. Let them soak for 15 minutes or longer. Heating up the vinegar in the microwave or on the stove can help with tough buildup. You may need to work layers off in steps and then let the hoop(s) soak a bit longer.
Blue Dawn: Use a shallow container large enough to hold your hoop and add hot water with a generous squirt of Blue Dawn dish detergent. Follow the same steps as with the white vinegar, soaking the hoops in the sudsy water.
Goo Gone Sticker Lifter or Turtle Wax Label & Sticker Remover: Simply apply the product with a rag or paper towel and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then use a scraper. Goo Gone comes with a plastic scraper that shouldn’t cause any damage. Make sure to clean your hoop with soap and water before using it.
WD40: Soak the hoops in WD40 and let sit for 30 minutes or so. Then, just wipe the hoop off clean. Make sure no residue remains.
Oven Spray cleaner: Simply spray it on, let it sit 5-10 seconds, then wipe off the gunk.
Rubbing alcohol: I use this more for spot cleaning. I always have a stack of packaged wipes near my machine to clean gunked up needles (just stitch through the little packet). A more cost effective method for hoops is bottled rubbing alcohol and a cloth.
Baby Wipes: If you keep a stash of these on hand, you can wipe off your hoop as you go. I haven’t personally tried these on my hoops but I do use them on my Scan n Cut mats and they work well.
Baking Soda: Another option is to soak the hoop in a bath of warm water and baking soda. You can also make a scrub by adding enough water to some baking soda to form a paste and then use with an old toothbrush to get into any grooves.
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser: These foam scrubbers are non-abrasive and are useful for cleaning the bottom of your iron and cutting mat in addition to your hoop.