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Thread: Question that's been bugging me...

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    Question that's been bugging me...

    I have one of those cushioned ironing pads... I use it alot when I'm pressing blocks instead of going to the utility room. Because of that, and I use starch consistently, the top of that ironing pad is Y U C K Y. so my question is how in the world do I clean it and get the starchy-oversprayed-dried-yucky-layer off of this?
    I actually thought of tossing it and buying a new one simply because it looks bad... suggestions please?

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    Could you take it outside and shake the daylights out of it, and then wash it with a bunch of bath towels? Then hang it dry?

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    Mine was like that also and just the other day I took the cover off and tossed it. This is my ironing board I am talking about so i will take some other fabric and make a new cover. I make a hem and leave it open a couple inches and put some small rope or twine in the casing and put it one the board and pull as tight as I can and tie in a knot. the covers at the store are not very good and they are expensive. Good luck to you.
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    I have a piece of Plywood, I cover with batting and old sheets, that I place on top my ironing board, when Im sewing. I like the firmer surface for pressing blocks. when it gets yucky, I take it off and start over.

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    That's what I do, too. DH made me a board with bracing underneath so it won't slide around on top of my ironing board. Works great.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackie Spencer View Post
    I have a piece of Plywood, I cover with batting and old sheets, that I place on top my ironing board, when Im sewing. I like the firmer surface for pressing blocks. when it gets yucky, I take it off and start over.

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    I bought one of those small square ironing mats, I think June Tailor, at JoAnn's with 60% off coupon. It also has the cutting board on the reverse side. Really neat thing and I use it all the time. I noticed when I first started using it that it was getting some starch on the surface. Now I keep towel over it and change that every few days. Really keeps the top clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kitsykeel View Post
    I bought one of those small square ironing mats, I think June Tailor, at JoAnn's with 60% off coupon. It also has the cutting board on the reverse side. Really neat thing and I use it all the time. I noticed when I first started using it that it was getting some starch on the surface. Now I keep towel over it and change that every few days. Really keeps the top clean.
    I have one of these and when it got funky I just put it under to running water and scrubed with a brush and some dish soap then rinsed it well, it came out like brand new and didn't hurt the cutting board side at all.

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    I make my own ironing board covers all the time and also the one for the big board I made. I don't do a lot of starching so they don't get too bad.

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    An old sheet or dare I say it a piece of fabric you purchased bu don't like or it is the wrong sort cover my ironing areas. Wrong sort could be poly, or heavy curtain fabrics etc.
    Finished is better than a UFO

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    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.

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    I have one of those too and it got really yucky so rather than get a new one I bought some plain white pillow cases and put it inside one and when it gets yucky I take it off and wash it and put anther clean on on. You can still see the lines on the pad and it keeps everything nice and neat.

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    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*
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckcowl View Post
    ...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*
    Now THAT is a GREAT tip!!!! Thank you for sharing it, CK!

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    It is good to know I can wash my mat and I also like the freezer paper idea. Thanks.
    Kitsy

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    I did not know that washing it took care of the "yucky". Thanks for the heads up!
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    Now why didn't I think of the freezer paper?? that's a great tip..keep them coming!

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    Why can't you make you a new cover, would be better than throwing it away.
    Have a great day, grannyp70

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    I just use a good quality dish towel on my ironing board and when it gets too "boardy", I toss it in the washer.
    Yooper32 aka: Donna B

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    I have the Sullivan's hobby table that fits the 36" x 59" cutting board. Nancy's Notions sells a ironing cover for it. I use that and wash it when it needs it. But I do use the Elmer's glue method for doing bindings, so I use a muslin piece, folded over several times from my midarm practicing. When it gets so stiff that it could stand on it's own, I wash it, bleach and all. Surprisingly, bleaching doesn't seem to make a any difference on the thread.

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    The first quilt that I worked on I sprayed starch directly on the pieces on my ironing board. I ended up replacing the cover. Ever since then I have a small end table beside my iron board that I put a towel over. I spray the pieces on the towel now. If the pieces are longer like binding, I put the towel on the carpet to make a bigger area to spray. The towel is much easier to wash than my ironing board cover.

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    I use a lot of starch.....and have quilting retreats with 8 other women who all use starch. I take a wet rag (just "normal" wet....not "soaking" wet) and wash the top of my ironing board. (and the windows and wall behind it ggg> Works great and lots easier than taking it off or replacing it so often.

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    The main reason why I don't use starch. I did years ago and iron gets nasty and so does ironing board. I feel I don't need starch.
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    Like masufa, I took mine to my utility sink, using liquid detergent soaped it up good and used a scrub brush gently here and there, rinsed it really well, used towels to "soak" up some of the moisture and let it air dry. Didn't hurt it at all and sure made it look 100% better.

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    Putting an old pillow case over it is also a good idea. Change it every so often..

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    I take mine off and soak in the kitchen sink with a little dish soap over night. In the morning I rinse the daylights out of it-hang it on a hanger to dry. This way it doesn't shrink or get twisted out of shape from the washing machine. Once its on the board again the wrinkles that are left are pressed out. Saves me time on always making a new one.

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