Over on Libby's blog she is encouraging others to share a picture of their ironing board. She has a great idea in using patches to extend the life of her cover, I think I will just have to do that. Mine really isn't that old - it has just seen better days. My previous iron suddenly had a problem and scorched all the way through. I did get a new iron out of it. My previous iron was not even a year old and I had noticed a few problems with it, fortunately Black and Decker replaced it at no charge.