Before you iron the the clothes, you should make sure that your ironing board is odour-free and clean before you iron your freshly washed clothes. If it is not clean it may transfer strains to your clothes. You may clean your iron routinely but it is equally important to keep the ironing board clean. Usually, you don’t have to clean it weekly but doing that once in 2 months will do. We will tell you how to clean an ironing board.
Steps to Clean an ironing board
Follow these simple steps to clean your ironing board.
- Set the Ironing Board
Setting up your ironing board is the first step. Do it like you always do when you have to iron your clothes. Take a clean cloth. Use that cloth to dust the board so that you can remove the dust on top. It is very important to do that with a clean cloth as using a dirty cloth may further dirty the ironing board.
- Remove the cover
Now let us know how to wash ironing board cover. Remove the ironing cover and look at the label carefully. Read all the washing instructions. This is a very vital step because cleaning it the wrong way may damage the cover. You can wash some covers in the washing machine, but others cannot. For those that can be machine-washed, toss them in with detergent. Ensure to use the gentle cycle to avoid damaging the fabric.
If the covers cannot be washed in the machine, identify the stained or spotted areas on them. Take half a cup of water, 1 tablespoon of baking soda and two tablespoons of vinegar and mix them well. Then transfer the mix to a spray bottle. Now apply this solution to only the affected area and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Wipe the areas with a clean damp cloth.
For covers that can be washed in the machine, avoid using a dryer, as the extreme heat can damage the cloth. Instead, hang the cover to air dry naturally after washing.
- Remove the pad
Now with care remove the pad that is attached to the board. Do that with extra care or else you may end up damaging the pad. Use a clean cloth to dust the pad and remove any accumulated dust. You can even use a vacuum cleaner to get out the dust. Use it on a low setting to avoid damaging the pad.
- Wipe the Board
Use a clean damp cloth to wipe the ironing board. Make sure to clean every part of the board from under the board to joints. Cobwebs form in the joints. Don’t leave a spot uncleaned.
- Dry With a Clean Cloth
Now use a clean dry cloth to wipe the ironing board. This is the last step. Make sure to wipe away all the water from the board.
Tips on Maintaining the ironing board
- Never allow the iron’s face to touch the cover, as the heat could damage the pad or cover, and may even pose a fire risk if left unattended for an extended period.
- Frequently clean your iron cover. This prevents the dirt and dust from transferring them to your clothes.
- Once more do not forget to read the tag before cleaning the cover in any way. Follow all the instructions mentioned on the label to ensure proper care.
- It’s crucial to ensure that the pieces of the ironing board are completely dry before assembling them. Inadequate drying may trap moisture, leading to the formation of mold that can damage the ironing board.
Who wants their freshly washed clothes to get stained again? For that, you have to keep the ironing board clean or this situation may occur. A clean board gives you crisper and cleaner clothes. But when it is dirty follow the above steps to make it clean and shiny again. Keep in mind to follow all steps correctly or you may end up damaging a part of the ironing board and will cost you money. So keep cleaning your ironing board regularly.