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Which Ironing Board and Iron to choose?
Ironing equipment for your laundry.
This will help you select the right equipment for your ironing needs at home or work.
Ironing Board Types
Having a flat, solid surface on which to iron clothes has always been a must-have. Centuries ago, a long piece of smooth wood placed between two chairs did the trick - and it was called an Ironing Board. From that idea evolved the many different types of ironing boards that exist today. With a little research, you can find the type that will best fit your needs.
Portable Ironing Board
Sleeve Ironing Board
Built-In Ironing Boards
Over-the-Door Ironing Boards
Deluxe Ironing Boards
As with a lot of things nowadays, ironing boards also come in a souped-up deluxe version. Along with a full-sized ironing board, there is also an iron rest, removable laundry bags, and a hanging bar for pressed garments. Wheels allow it to be moved anywhere, yet the entire station easily folds away when not in use. This type can be pricey, but if do a lot of ironing this is the perfect workstation for you.
Choosing a Clothes Iron
Moderately priced irons are definitely the most popular and come with a variety of features, both for ease of use as well as for safety reasons. These have water reservoirs so steam can be used while ironing, have a variety of temperature settings so many kinds of material can be pressed, and have a soleplate that is scratch resistant. There is a sturdy base to hold the hot iron, and an auto-shut-off valve to safely turn off the appliance when it is forgotten or not stored properly. This type of iron is just right for most households.
Higher priced models are intended for the professional tailor or someone that quilts as a hobby or anyone else that does a lot of ironing. These irons have a wide range of temperature and steam settings for use on a large assortment and different types of fabrics. It has an auto-clean function so any type of water (including tap water) can be used and will help extend the life of the appliance. The soleplate is often ceramic for durability and has many holes in it so extra steam can penetrate the material. The hot iron will automatically shut off if it is lying on its side or in a horizontal position too long or sitting in its stand for an extended period of time.
History of Clothes Ironing
People have been ironing clothes for thousands of years. Long ago, they placed hot water in metal pans or put hot coals in a metal container and used this to press their clothing. The chore got much easier with the advent of the electric iron in the 1800s. The appliance gets its name from the metal that it has often been made of --- iron.
Nowadays, irons come with a large assortment of capabilities, safety features, and price ranges. Do a little research and purchase the iron that will work the best for your needs.
Disclaimer: You are responsible for any suggestions you choose to follow, or not follow. This advice is offered for consideration with no guarantee of safety or effectiveness. Use this information at your own risk.