Ironing is a chore that we all have to do, whether it’s getting the creases out of your work shirt, or quickly ironing our outfit before a night out. But choosing the right ironing board and cover can make ironing efficient and even an enjoyable task. However, which are the best ones to pick?

Ironing Board Cover Materials: What’s Available?

Ironing boards and ironing covers are not something you should skimp on. When it comes to the cover, the choice is rich. You’ll find plenty of different fabrics, both natural and synthetic, each with its own unique benefits.

Cotton is the most common material used for ironing board covers, since it’s durable and easy to clean, and provides a smooth surface for ironing. Some cotton covers come with additional foam or felt padding for additional thickness, which increases heat retention and shortens your work.

Heat reflective, metallic covers are used to further speed up ironing, and they are particularly useful for heavy fabrics that are tough to smooth out. Make sure your iron is compatible with such covers before use. Silicone-coated covers are also used for high-temperature ironing.

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Features To Look Out For in Ironing Boards

Now that we know what type of cover we need, let’s get to choosing the board.

Comfort is the key in ironing, so preferably choose a board with adjustable height settings and a sturdy frame that won’t tip or wobble. Match the size and shape of the ironing board to the types of garments you iron — if you’re frequently ironing elegant clothes, consider additional features like a sleeve attachment.

Make sure your board and cover are both compatible with the type of iron you use. If you use a steam iron, your board should have a perforated surface to allow steam to pass through easily. If the iron comes with a base unit, you’ll also need an iron rest to place it on.

Padding under the cover is crucial for a smooth ironing surface. Look for boards with thick, high-quality padding that will endure heat and won’t compress over time.

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Tips For Maintaining your Ironing Board

  1. Cleaning: Keep the ironing board cover clean by washing it regularly. Follow the care instructions specific to the cover material. For covers that are not machine-washable, wipe them down with a damp cloth and mild detergent.
  2. Tighten Loose Parts: Over time, the nuts and bolts of your ironing board can become loose. Check and tighten them often to make sure the board remains stable and safe to use.
  3. Protect from Moisture: Store your ironing board in a dry area to prevent rust and warping.
  4. Avoid Overloading the Iron Rest: Be cautious not to place heavy items on the iron rest, as it could damage the board or cause it to tip over. The iron rest is designed for the iron (or the base unit) alone.

“Which One Should I Choose?”

There is no single best type of ironing board or cover material — this decision will depend on your own needs and preferences.

If you iron frequently or in large batches, invest in a durable ironing board with a heat-reflective cover to save time. Prioritize comfort and safety features and balance your budget with your needs. While high-end models offer more features, there are many affordable options that do not compromise on quality and functionality.