Ironing 101 Tips. Felt Underlay. Why Is It Important?
Felt Underlay Facts. Facts. Facts.
Felt underlay. Why use it?
Not everybody knows that you need to insulate the metal mesh on your board from the heat of your iron.
This is the reason why.
We set our irons to very high temperatures. And the heat from that very hot iron will make the metal mesh on your board feel like you’re ironing on a hot plate.
Which means you’re scorching your garments. And you’re burning the life out of your ironing board cover. Including Teflon covers.
So what do you do? What do you use to insulate your metal board from a hot iron?
Ironing 101 Tips. Felt Underlay. What Do I Recommend?
The best commercial felt underlay in the world is Superior Felt Underlay. Here’s my disclaimer. It’s my product. And it’s on my website.
If I recommend my own products, it’s because I truly believe they are the best. I wouldn’t put them out there if they were less than superior to everything else available.
It’s superior because it’s multiple layers of mainly polyester with some cotton. That have been needled together to form a thick and firm blanket.
Another choice is a pure 100% wool single bed blanket. Double layer. Trimmed to fit your board.
NO synthetic foam please!
This is the drill. If you don’t have a good felt underlay on top of your metal mesh ironing board, you’re going to scorch your garments. Trash your ironing board cover in record time. And strip the paint from the mesh on your metal board. There’s nothing better than a heat gun to remove paint. And burn through fabric. And that’s exactly what your iron becomes if you don’t have good insulation on top of your board.
Your felt underlay should be a rectangle. So you can trim it to not only cover the top of your ironing board. But to go down the sides as well. But not underneath your ironing board. You want to make sure the metal edge of your board is protected from the heat of your iron. Or else you’ll burn a rim around the edge of your cover. Which isn’t a pretty sight.
Foam is a NO! NO! It perishes as quickly as overripe fruit. And can sometimes become glued to the mesh of your board from the heat of your iron. Only a paint scraper will get it off at that stage.
If you don’t want to invest $17.95 in a Superior Felt Underlay (my product). And you have an old 100% pure wool single bed blanket on hand. Or you can buy one from a charity shop. Often for less than $10. Fold it into a double layer. Or a triple layer if you like more of a marshmallow effect on your board. And trim it to cover the top of your ironing board. And. Go down the sides. Without tucking it underneath your board.
You must use a 100% pure wool blanket. A synthetic blanket is no better than foam. It disintegrates under the heat of your iron. Your ironing room will soon smell like melting polyester.
Ironing 101 Tips. How Do I Source My Tips?
I have 24 years experience talking to tens of thousands of people who iron. All recommendations are my own. From my own research. And customer feedback.
I receive no compensation from any company for recommending their products. Because. I only recommend best quality. You do get what you pay for.
I write these tips to help you. If you like this tip, how else can I help you? Better yet. What else do you want/need to know about ironing? What tips would you like me to share with everyone?
~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
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