Ironing is not on my list of top priorities when it comes to household chores. Yet, every few years I buy a new cover for my ironing board. These covers aren't meant to last forever. I've never burnt a hole into one but after a while they all look a bit shabby. From moving the iron always in the same direction they become flabby, too.
My memory goes back three covers. I think my experience can help young people who haven't bought everything for their household yet to choose the best item. My last but one cover was the thesis, my last was the antithesis and my current cover is the synthesis so-to-speak.
When my fave American soap opera ended during which I used to iron, I thought I'd need a cover with a bright pattern to cheer me up. I found one which was nice to look at when I wasn't ironing , but which drove me crazy when I was. When I put clothes with a colourful pattern on the colourful pattern of the cover, my eyes were hurting. Its successor was a simple silvery-grey one, soothing to the eyes but dead boring. I didn't find another soap opera at a time fit for ironing and I nearly fell asleep doing the job.
So, when it reached its shabby and flabby state, I bought a cover with a light, unobtrusive pattern which doesn't contrast with the patterns and colours of the clothes and keeps the ironer awake. I went to a department store, found what I was looking for, saw the brand name LEIFHEIT and knew I could trust it to be of good quality. When I took it to the till, the shop-assistant asked if that was the size I needed. Oh dear, I had forgotten that ironing boards come in different sizes. So home again and out with the tape measure.
I've had my LEIFHEIT Reflective Speed cover (size S in my case) for more than a year now and can recommend it. It has a 2mm foam padding and surface metallisation for better heat reflection and a pull draw-string that can be pulled tight for wrinkle free ironing. You get it in three variations: Vitality Turquoise (mine), Vitality Blue and Vitality Purple.
Amazon sell the product for 11.03 GBP, in Germany you get it for 7.70 at the current exchange rate.
LEIFHEIT is a German firm, one of the leading European suppliers of household products from the areas of cleaning, laundry care, kitchen and scales. What does the word LEIFHEIT mean? It means nothing, it's the (rare) surname of the husband and wife team that founded the firm in 1959. Their motto is 'always better ideas'. (from the net) "At LEIFHEIT, engineering, ergonomics and quality have always formed an aesthetic unit and led to creative problem solutions that make life easier." Obviously they've found the right formula. If they hadn't, British Amazon wouldn't sell the ironing board cover of a German firm, would they?