Actually it might be possible to save the iron, but it is looking a bit unlikely. I knocked the iron off the ironing board this morning while it was still hot. It fell onto a carrier bag. The mess is very pretty but I can't seem to get it off. I am also a bit wary of using an iron that has been dropped, and it was getting a bit limp. The soleplate is getting gunked a bit easily and it is all getting clogged.
I need to have a working iron to get bear's uniform and DH's shirt fit for tomorrow. I think I will use the iron that I bought accidentally last year and work on the gunked on to keep in reserve as an emergency spare.