Fabric Facts: We use 190 gsm (grams per square metre) cotton drill, solid colour, dyed to be colour fast. Cotton drill has a diagonal weave, which means that the fabric is resistant to distortion. Cross woven fabrics have less resistance to stretching and become baggy quickly. Weight is important too. A typical supermarket cover weighs 75 to 90 gsm and less weight means much less durability.
Why not synthetic fabrics? The highest setting on your iron is for linen and cotton and that's what your cover should be. You wouldn't iron synthetic fabrics on a cotton heat setting, so why use a cover that can't take the heat.
What about colour? If it's not colour fast then the dye will end up on your clothes. If the fabric is printed rather than dyed through, there is more chance of the dye rubbing off on your clothes. Check the instructions. If it says "wash before use" it will almost certainly run. We choose our colours very carefully. We make sure that dye doesn't rub off. And because you will have your cover for a long time, it must be easy to live with. So they're all plain, rich colours, which are never out of fashion.
Other Facts: All up, there are 20 components which make up this cover and every piece has been tested and sourced to last the distance. As well as the fabric, there's the tension cord, which is made of 12 separate, very fine elastic strands bound with a woven polyester casing. The resulting 3mm diameter composite elastic cord has remarkable stretch and recovery, is fully washable and snag resistant.
There is also a 9mm perimeter elastic, which is woven (because it's stronger) not knitted . We go to the trouble of threading this elastic through the skirt hem rather than sewing it in like other covers. This leaves your cover free to slide over this elastic, adjusting out all the wrinkles. While the tension cord keeps the cover smooth on top, this elastic makes sure that the cover hugs your board evenly round the perimeter.
There are 11 tough anchor points for the tension cord. 9 of these are made of 8mm, tubular, woven cotton cording and the 2 end points are made of 32mm woven cotton webbing. Into each end point we insert a brass eyelet with washer to take the end of the tension cord. Brass so that it doesn't rust and the washers make sure that the eyelets don't pull out.
The tension cord is hooked over 4 polypropylene curtain glides used as hooks. Chosen for their durability and ease of use these curtain glides make ideal attachment points. They can be handled easily by people with hand problems and once attached, the mushroom stud makes sure that the tension cord stays in place until released.
Australian Made Facts: Our covers are made in the Central Tablelands of NSW, by men and women who have disabilities . They are sewn with 5 thread, industrial overlockers for an absolutely secure finish. Our sewers make sure that every anchor point is caught with all 5 threads, the tension cord is tied off with triple knots and the perimeter elastic is tied with a 75mm tail for a safe finish.
Each cover is checked 3 times. Twice in the factory and once by us before we dispatch. If it's not as perfect as we can get it, we don't send it.
What's in it for You?
Lets say that you're the CEO of a large business-how would you judge The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover.
Increased Productivity: Every CEO's dream. Get more done in less time. No messy wrinkles to get in the way. No tugging and pulling the cover back into place. No creased underfelt. Always drum tight. All you do is iron. Save 25% to 30% of your valuable time.
Decreased Cost: Makes the bean counters smile. On average people buy about four supermarket covers per year. At $8.00 per cover the average ironer spends $32.00 every year on covers. The Fitz Like A Glove™ Cover costs $40.95 but over it's three year average life the supermarket ironer would end up spending about $96.00. More than halve your costs.
Decrease Stress: As any CEO knows, stress in the workplace leads to reduced productivity. You will find The Fitz Like A Glove™ Cover a profanity free ironing surface. It may even reduce your blood pressure.
You get a lot more done on a better product for less than half the cost!