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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    i wash mine-
    i also have started pressing freezer paper right to my ironing board cover as a protective cover when i'm using alot of fusables---it is easy to peel off & toss when it becomes *yukky*
    That is one of those "why didn't I think of that" times. Great idea. I will use this one.

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    I took a 24x24 board from the hardware store, wrapped it with a thick towel (beach size) and made pillowcase-style cover for it. When it gets too overstayed, I just slip off the cover and towel and wash it with the rest of the laundry.
    I made sure the cover was a colorfast fabric (used some pretty leftover fabric), and that it fit snug. Makes a very nice area to press plus it is not too big that I can't slid it into a small space in my motor home, allowing me to have a nice pressing board while on the road.

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    great idea ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,am going to use it have two june tailor board that are old and would work great and get more use out of the boards

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    If you mean one of those portable ironing mats that have a foam rubber pad on the underside, I have the same problem exactly and sometimes wipe it off with a damp terry wash rag. The gunk loosens up more easily if it's still warm from the iron.

    I wanted to mention that the bigger problem with using starch or even just steam on one of those pads is that if you're doing quite a bit of ironing it's not as heat proof as I once thought. I had it overlapping my biggest and best cutting mat on a table and found that it didn't protect my mat from getting a little damaged from heat. You most certainly would not want to use one of these pads on a good table. Still, I like the size and shape of it and the fact that I can roll it up to take with me. I put two layers of Insul-brite under it to increase the protection, and I no longer let it anywhere near my cutting mats.

    I'm curious about people using spray starch on the little reversible mats. I have a mat like that in the most common size, which is about 13" square. I have tried it and find that it's too small and starch gets out beyond it and all over everything. The foam-backed mat is about 22" X 28".
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    I always just tossed mine, maybe i need to rethink this.

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    At first my plan was to get a new cover every 6-9 months; I found one I like for $10 on Amazon, but now I just cover the board with a towel when I'm doing a lot starching and throw it in the wash.

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    I always lay an old pillow case under the piece I'm starching. I guess any fabric would do tho. Then when it gets yucky, I just toss it

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    I washed my first June Taylor mat and thought it was OK. The washing of it distorted the ruler markings on it, and it didn't come as clean as I wished. I also bought a new one with a 50% off coupon and asked here on the board how to keep it clean. Someone suggested I get some of the silver iironing board fabric from Joann's and use one of those old marking wheels that we used with the colored marking paper to mark darts on fabric when sewing clothing. You cut the fabric a little larger than the board and use the tool to force it between the ironing surface and the backing that is the cutting mat. It works! I never used the measurements on the ironing side of the board anyway. Now my new one stays clean. I hope this helps.

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    If you have (and every sewer I know has one) a tracing wheel it works great to run around the edge of the pad to tuck in a cover over the old one. You can't tell it's a cover and it pulls out easy to wash. I did this to the new one I bought and the original cover still looks like new. I started putting a layer of freezer paper underneath the cover to keep the steam from the starch from going to the mat side. I had the mat bow from steam on my old one.
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    I bought at a yard sale an old wooden TV tray table. I made an ironing board cover out of an old sheet and the Batting with the silver in it, Used when making pot holders. I made it with elastic and I can remove it and throw it in the washer ans dryer. Fits perfectly to my right, I just swivel and iron. Great when I am piecing.
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    Thanks for the tip on using the ironing mat-mine is on my cutting mat and it never occurred to me that the heat might warp my cutting mat!!! Now I'll remove the cutting mat before I iron.
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    I throw mine in the washer on gentle cycle and let it air dry. Don't know if this would work for you.
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    Can you wash it?

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    When my ironing board cover gets "icky" from starch, etc... I just make a new one,(method sewingsuz above uses) generally out of the 54" wide decorator fabric from WalMart. I just put the new one over the old one.. Adds cushion to the already existing one. Measure the biggest width of your board and add enough for turning edge and casing and voila! pretty new cover!! You can also color coordinate to you room!

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    I set my iron on cotton, no steam, put an opened up brown paper bag on the ironing board and then press the bag. It will clean up the ooky stuff on the ironing board cover.
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    I have a Steady Betty and I hand wash it and let it air dry.
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    I saw (somewhere) a little ironing table made from a wooden tv tray. I used some dark polished chintz that someone gave me and layered cotton batting and Insubrite and covered the top of it. Just lay the fabric face down, then the "fluffy" layer and turn the tv tray upside down on it. Use upholstery tacks to fasten the folded edges of the fabric to the underside of the tray. When the top gets yucky, I just pull out the tacks and redo the top. Super easy, cute and most handy by my machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yooper32 View Post
    I just use a good quality dish towel on my ironing board and when it gets too "boardy", I toss it in the washer.
    I do this also! I can fold the "flour sack" type dish towel and hang it under my ironing board when I don't need it. It really helps keep the ironing board cover looking great!
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    Just buy a cheap light weight plastic table pad or white/light tablecloth and spread it out on your ironing board, table or wherever and spray away. All you need to do is wipe it off with a damp cloth or throw it in your washer on the rinse cycle, let it dry, roll it up and you're ready for the next round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pauly43 View Post
    I take an old sheet (double) and fold in quarters. Then stitch around the edges, so it comes out 1piece. Then I use it over my ironing board when I iron and spray starch. it can be flipped over to extend the use and when "yucky" - I throw it in the washer & dryer.
    Brilliant idea - thanks so much!
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    I cover mine in muslin ... Haven't tried washing the original. It's a board I bought way back when for pin weaving ... remember that ladies? It has wonderful gridded fabric but the back is a single layer of fabric and feels like there's some kind of board in there so I don't want to risk warping anything.

    I cover my ironing board in muslin too. I'm lazy so I just safety pin it to the original cover and when it gets dirty I unpin and pin on a clean one while the dirty one goes in the wash.

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    What a ton of grand suggestions! Thanks everyone for all the great tips and ideas. The ironing cushion is a Tailor (Taylor?) made - with the grid and some type of board inside - I have nothing to lose by trying to scrub it clean with a damp rag, brush and some elbow grease. IF I get it clean, I will do something for a removable washable cover. I have ordered me another one in case I don't succeed or cause other damage. My ironing board cover is in great shape - I try to use it and its iron for clothing... plus it's at the other end of the house lol. I do get up to press today but I don't want to go to the other end of the house every time ... Thanks again.

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