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Thread: Ironing Board Covers... do you wash them or throw them away?

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    I have one that is stiff with starch. Just curious.

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    Wash.

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    Mine is so filthy that I thought I would just throw it away. Thanks for the post. I will wash it first and see if it will clean-up with some Oxyclean.

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    I wash mine, but it's getting so old and stained it really looks bad. There's only so much washing can do after a while. One of these days, I'll have to get another one.

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    I wash them, put it back on and cover it with a new one. Makes my ironing board more padded.

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    Wash & cut up for potholders if it is still useful!

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    I tend to use mine till it's discolored and cracked. I've never washed one before. I'll have to try that.

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    I was them until they have holes or somehow inhibit the ironing process.

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    I'm embarrassed to admit my ironing board and cover were wedding gifts--40 yrs ago!!!!! It was one of those silver heavy duty fabric (Prob had asbestos in it). I loved it cause it reflected the heat nicely. It finally got to the place where it was too stained and ripped around the edges. I searched high and low for a new--they were all light weight cotton with thin lining. I finally found one at Clothilde-it has the lines and measurements on it (which I don't use, not accurate) but it is thick canvas fabric and I kept my old one under it. I just couldn't throw it away LOL>

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    Oh JanRN, we can only wonder what else you have kept for 40 years! LOL!

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    I just throw them away and get a new one. By the time I need a new one they generally have been starched and scorched enough they would probably fall apart in the wash.

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    I've washed them and then, when I can't keep it looking clean anymore, I cover it with another like np3 for the extra padding!

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    Thanks for the replies. The one I have on my ironing board has threads sticking to the surface from starching. I don't like to use my "quilting" cover when I am ironing slacks, blouses, etc.

    I was afraid to wash it until now, for fear of damaging the washer..LOL

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    I throw mine out...they are cheap enough.

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    I wash mine until they fall apart, then I wash them some more! lol

    When the holes get so big that ironing is a problem, I leave them on for extra padding and cover them with another.

    I need to make one soon, mine is worn out again!

    I have found that making a baking soda and water paste and rubbing it into the stains and letting it sit for awhile helps get some of the brown stains out.

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    I just use them until they are shot and throw them away.

    (wash them? there just aren't enough hours in the day and they aren't that expensive to replace---I have to add that I saw a darling cover made out of Dolly Dingle fabric at a recent class I attended that someone had made.......)

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    wash

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    I throw mine away. I have never thought about washing one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mollymct
    I've washed them and then, when I can't keep it looking clean anymore, I cover it with another like np3 for the extra padding!
    Me too! In fact I just bought a new one today, but need to wash the old one first. Maybe I'll have time tomorrow to fit this into my schedule,lol!

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    Spic N Span will work too. Just add to wash water. Your washer will also be nice and clean when cycle is done!

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    Brown stains?? :shock: I don't use starch, so mine stays clean and soft for ages. The quilting one is just plywood covered with batting for padding, a layer of the silver stuff and sailcloth over it all. Makes it much easier to iron large pieces of fabric.

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    It's GONE!! With all the material I have, I make a new one. In this case, change is good (I think).

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    I made one. The cheap cotton ones just didn't cut it for me. And the silver ones are so cheap now. I used heavier fabric duck cloth I think and just added elastic. Its cream colored so I just slip it off when it gets dirty and wash it.
    I stapled an old sheet to my big board so that one will have to be pulled apart to change. When I move I am going to see if I can make the set up permanent then I will make one I can take off and wash.

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    In the garbage for mine.

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    funny you should ask. I just bought a new one last night. Will put it on top of my old one.

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