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The ironing board cover that came with our ironing board was absolutely terrible and didn't last long at all. It also came off all the time so when we decided to buy a new cover, we didn't really know where to start. However, when shopping in Sainsbury's one day, I saw the Minky Smart Fit Ironing Board Cover and it was half price so decided to give that one a try. We paid roughly £6 for the cover which I thought was a good price although I wouldn't have paid the full price for it.
The Minky ironing board covers come in a range of different designs which is nice although Sainsbury's only had one available. The one we purchased is mostly white with large purple and silver circles all over it. As ironing board covers go, this one does look really nice (and much nicer than our old one). I do wish I had been able to choose between a couple of different designs though but if you wanted to do this, buying online would be a good option.
Minky claim that the cover 'fits in seconds' and that it will fit 'all standard boards'. Unfortunately, while the cover did go on easily, it didn't fit my board very well at all. We do have a standard sized board but the cover is a little bit too big. We have had to fit it tightly to the larger end of the ironing board and leave excess material at the bottom, thinner end. Luckily, the material tucked underneath quite well so it doesn't hang off or get in the way at any time. I would have really preferred for the cover to fit properly but it stays on okay as we have it so I don't mind the fit too much.
This Minky cover also has a thick pad underneath the top material which gives a 'smoother, faster finish' when ironing. Compared to the thin pad that our old cover had, this one does make ironing a lot easier and quicker. The cover gives a nice, smooth surface to iron on and unlike some covers, this one does not make clothes stick to it when they're warm or moist from the steam. The cover is also machine washable at 40 degrees in case you manage to spill anything on it.
This is a good ironing cover that does well but the full price is just too much for what it is.
When my husband and I moved into our first flat money was a bit tight and instead of buying an ironing board we were donated one by my mother in law. However the cover left a lot to be desired, stained and burned (though in it's defence it was over 30 years old!) so I decided to pep it up with a new ironing board cover.
I was lucky enough to win a £20 voucher for John Lewis and though it isn't normally my first port of call for all things homeware (I find you can get cheaper in places like Argos and Sainsburys as long as you watch the quality) so I invested £14.99 on a Minky Ironing Board Cover.
There are so many different types to choose from, and I went for a fairly plain but attractive designs of pebbles on a white background. The great thing about Minky Ironing Board Covers are that they are fully elasticated around the sides and fit to most ironing boards. But what a fit - it hugs my ironing board like a glove, it looks really nice when it's on and breathed a whole new lease of life into my OAP ironing board!
The Minky Ironing Board Cover though a bit more expensive than say an Argos own brand is really great quality with a thermal backing. It makes ironing so easy, it's thick and smooth and allows for good use of the steam functionality on the iron. Over time (say yearly!) the white backing can get a bit stained from water but the picture on it has never run and luckily you can put the Minky Ironing Board Cover in the washing machine and either radiator or line dry it, when you pop it back on your ironing board it will be as good as new.
I highly recommend the Minky Ironing Board Cover whichever style you go for, yes you can get cheaper ironing board covers but I've tried them and they are thinner and wrinkle up when ironing, the Minky Ironing Board Cover is snug, thick and so very easy to use, which I think makes the slight extra cost totally justifiable because it's so well made. I will happily give it 5 stars out of 5 because almost 9 years (yes 9!) on the Minky Ironing Board Cover is as good as new and we might even get another few decades out of the nearly 40 year old ironing board (that's older than me and my daughter put together!)
A great product, I'll be sure to check out other Minky items if they're all as well made as this. It's even got me shopping in John Lewis more because they sell good quality items which you won't need to re buy and replace.
When my husband decided to wash our grubby ironing board cover, he soon began to regret it. The original cover was impossible to replace after washing and the first replacement cover he purchased (a JML fast fit) proved to be a nightmare to get into place without excess creasing and eventually tore completely! In frustration, my other half returned to Wilkinson and picked up an 'Easy-Fit' cover by Minky, hoping that this would be slightly more successful.
This cover was purchased to fit a fairly standard sized large ironing board. (It's a Wilkinson own brand board, measuring 124cm by 40cm.) Helpfully, the packaging to this cover gives the exact measurements of board that this has been designed to fit. It claims to fit boards up to 122cm by 43cm but, despite our board being slightly larger in length, this proved to be an absolutely perfect fit. The sides of the cover are fully elasticated so there is an element of flexibility when fitting this into place and, unlike the JML version, this literally took seconds to get into place even single-handedly as the thin fabric is so easy to manoeuvre and stretch. The fitting instructions are printed on the back of the packaging and are very straightforward with the advice being to fit the wider end of the ironing board first. Once in position, we were pleased to discover that this cover fitted the proportions of our board perfectly with no excess fabric. This resulted in a perfectly smooth surface which is absolutely essential for successful crease-free ironing.
The appearance of the fitted cover is surprisingly good. There really is no evidence to indicate that this is not the original cover. There are a range of colours and designs available although all are fairly neutral and inoffensive, unlike the pretty garish selection offered by JML. Ours is a pretty colourful stripey number that gives this a high quality appearance.
Unfortunately, on the first use of the newly recovered ironing board, the main drawback of this thin cover became very clear. Our board is metal based, with several ventilation holes across the length. Sadly, because the fabric of this cover is so thin and doesn't feature any additional lining, the patterns of the holes on the board were transferred on to the ironed garment! This was not a great look on my husband's work trousers! This cover does claim to have two layers, including the felt backing, but this doesn't really compare to the much thicker underlay incorporated within its JML counterpart.
Fortunately, we were able to resolve this issue by reinserting the separate thin foam underlay that our original ironing board cover came with. We did find that reattaching the cover with this foam layer in place was a little more tricky than the original fitting had been. In this instance, it definitely required two people to get the cover back into place, as one of us also had to keep the foam in position.
Once fitted, with the improvised underlay, this Minky cover has proven to be a good buy overall. It is a perfect fit and the smooth surface of the fabric lends itself perfectly to ironing (sadly, the same cannot be said about me!)
This was a fairly inexpensive option, certainly compared to the extortionate cost of replacing the entire ironing board, and cost just £5.50 from Wilkinson. The only thing to bear in mind is the absence of any underlay, given the very thin nature of this material, so it may need to be supplemented with another layer as we have done. That aside, I'm happy to recommend the cover as a cheap replacement ironing board cover that looks as good as the original cover did.
A few months ago I brought a new Ironing Board (don't I look after myself well?) I chose a Minky one as I had heard good things about them. Then in usual fashion my Iron went crazy, overheated and burnt a big hole in my Ironing board cover. After purchasing a new Iron I continued to use my Ironing Bard with its ugly great burnt patch. That is until the other night when the Husband decided on a midnight walk about the local 24 hour Tesco, I tagged along in the hope of nudging him to make inappropriate purchases due to being tired.
After a wander around the isles and purchasing nothing but a tub of Hagen Daz Cookies & Cream Ice Cream we were heading to the self service tills when the Husband spotted some Ironing Board covers. He then asked me if I needed a new cover as he had spotted the big burnt hole in my other cover, I was slightly amazed that he had noticed what was going on with the Ironing Board as that end of the clothing life cycle is normally of no interest to him. Not wanting to miss my chance I picked up a Minky Metallic Ironing Board Cover.
The cover comes in heat sealed plastic packaging and was of the larger of the two sizes on offer, the cover fits boards up to 125cm in length and 45cm in width. The cover cost less than £5 from Tesco, which is half the price that they are for sale on amazon.co.uk.
The following day I passed the cover to my Husband and asked him to fit it. The process of fitting the cover looked fairly simple, it was a case of pulling the drawstrings that run around the edge of the cover, so that the cover scrunches up a bit. Then hook the rounded end of the cover over the rounded end of the Ironing board, wrap the Ironing Board cover as neatly as you can around the sides of the Ironing Board, trying to keep the flat surface a crease free as possible. Once you are happy with the fit of the cover it needs securing, after attempting to use the little purple key that came with the Ironing Board cover to secure the ends of the drawstring and tighten the cover up we threw it away and tied a few knots to secure the cover tightly to the Ironing Board.
The ironing Board cover fits my Minky Ironing Board quite well, admittedly I think I needed the smaller size but the cover is on neatly and wrinkle free and does not affect the putting up/down mechanism of the Ironing Board.
In use I find the ironing Board cover to be better than my previous cover, despite the cover feeling quite rough my Iron glides over the cover smoothly. I would of like the cover to be more padded as the foam backing feels slightly on the thin side. The metallised fabric works quite well and the creases were easy to remove from the clothes, thanks to heat transference the back of clothes did not seem to need as much ironing as usual. When Ironing the cover stays in place, the cover does get quite hot though so the usual care and attention is needed while Ironing.
All things considered I happily give the Minky Metallic Ironing Board Cover 4 out of 5 stars, deducting only one as I feel the foam backing could be a little thicker and for the poor fitting instructions. If you were to purchase one of these I would recommend buying from Tesco as other places seem to be selling the covers for double the price I paid.
Thank you for reading.
My Minky Ironing board and cover were starting to look burnt and worn in places and it was hampering my ironing performance. I hate ironing at the best of times so I hated it even more when the uneven surface made the ironing take longer. I wanted to replace the Minky board cover with one by the same brand as I was unsure if ironing boards were standard size. I rather like the designs that minky use and they are averagely priced too.
==Price and availability==
This ironing board cover costs £5.50 and can be bought from online stores such as Very.co.uk or regular stores such as Wilkinson.
The ironing board cover will fit a board that measures up to 125cms x 45cms. It has elasticised sides that allow it to fit different sizes. The cover is easy to fit and just needs to be fed around the edge and pulled tight until there are no creases. The pattern on the front is floral and pretty. It has big blue flowers on a white background. The overall quality of the cover is good and it feels quite thick and cushioned. It is made from a combination of polyester and cotton.
I am quite happy with this one and I hope it lasts as long as the last one did which was three years before having to replace it. It is worthwhile getting a good quality one that will last as the quality of the cover does impact on your ironing. When I was using the old cover that had rips in and big brown burn stains; it was hard to find a section to iron on as if you laid your item over the ripped fabric it often ended up with a crease where you didn't want it and it would take ages. A good pristine board is helpful too because the iron seems to glide easier.
When ironing on the ironing board, the cover seems to steam and hold on to the heat. This means that I do not have to give as much attention to ironing on the other side of the item as the fabrics are already relaxed from the steam.
So far there are no burn marks but there are water marks from when I have squirted clothing with the iron. This looks a bit scruffy and perhaps with hindsight it would have been better if I had picked a cover that was patterned all over instead of just in certain places.
I would definitely recommend the covers from this brand. I like the way you can personalise your ironing board and choose from different designs. I also like the quality and especially like how thick the cover it. This will ensure it lasts a long time and also act as a good platform to iron on as the fabric gets warm and holds on to heat.
My ironing board is now six years old and missing a foot as well as some of the paintwork, really I should just replace it but I thought that one more cover and then I will admit defeat.
I found this cover on the Argos website and thought, oh that will do, I didn't go looking for a pretty one, just one that would fit.
From the picture I am sure you are thinking the same as me, red? NO! PINK! This is a strange shade of medium pink but the pattern is pretty enough.
This has elastic all around the edge to keep it tightly fitted to the board so that it doesn't slip about. Fitting it only took a couple of minutes but at one stage I was convinced it wasn't going to fit! It really is a tight fit and it feels like you might break the cover in the process of actually getting it on the board!
I don't think that this has enough foam on the back of the cotton material to cushion the material being ironed from the metal lattice work of the board and on some items I notice the metal boards pattern coming through.
This is nice enough to look at but won't last long where it isn't thick enough which is a real shame. At just £4.99 you can't expect perfection but as it was a Minky cover I thought it would be ok.
I would suggest paying a bit extra and getting something better.