Asbestos in Ironing Board Covers Exposure and Risks

The covers of ironing boards offer the iron a smooth and soft surface to press clothing. Covers also protect the board from the hot iron. Ironing board covers manufactured before the 1990’s were often made with asbestos because it improved the covers’ heat-resistance and insulation.

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Asbestos in Ironing Board Covers Explained

Asbestos can be added to anything from soft materials such as blankets to hard materials such as concrete. Asbestos has many valuable traits that builders, manufacturers of household goods and even consumers find very attractive.

Asbestos features included:

  • Fire-resistance
  • Insulating
  • Lightweight
  • Durable
  • Inexpensive

Because of these positive qualities, asbestos was used to “improve” countless products, including ironing board covers. When the negative effects asbestos has on human health came into light, it became apparent that the good side of asbestos was far outweighed by the bad side.

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Who Was Exposed to Asbestos in Ironing Board Covers?

The people who worked in factories that made asbestos-containing ironing board covers are at risk of asbestos exposure. During the manufacturing process, factory workers and anyone else working in the same space could have inhaled asbestos fibers in toxic quantities.

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Asbestos in Ironing Board Covers in Your Home

Because ironing board covers are made with durable asbestos products, they can last a very long time. It is possible that you or a loved one is still using an ironing board cover from the 70s, 60s, or even the 50s.

Ironing board covers are made of soft, or “friable” material and the asbestos fibers are woven in. Over the course of daily use, or when the cover is damaged or disturbed, the fibers are released into the environment, to be inhaled not only by the person doing the ironing but also by anyone else who happens to be in the home.

Some of the ironing board cover products known to contain asbestos are:

  • Tex-Knit “miracle” ironing-board cover material
  • U.S. Rubber Co.
  • Textile Mills of Chicago, Illinois.

ASBESTON, a cotton-based textile blend, was the winner of a 1947 safety award. It was guaranteed by Good Housekeeping and claimed to be in over 4 million homes at that time.

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Compensation for treatment, loss of income and other damages are available through Asbestos Trust Funds. Mesothelioma patients exposed to asbestos in ironing board covers may qualify.

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Health Risks of Asbestos in Ironing Board Covers

When asbestos-containing ironing board covers are disturbed or subjected to heat, microscopic fibers can become airborne. If inhaled, the fibers can embed in the tissue in the chest and abdominal cavities and cannot be removed.

Repeated exposure to asbestos for over half a century could certainly lead to health problems. Inhaled or ingested asbestos fibers may cause any of the following:

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Identifying the Source of Asbestos Exposure

Mesothelioma occurs decades after initial exposure to asbestos. It can sometimes be challenging to pinpoint where the asbestos exposure occurred because so many household products contained asbestos.

Those diagnosed with mesothelioma often face a very poor prognosis and are rarely able to fight the disease for more than a couple of years. Specialized treatment plans are required to help slow disease progression and improve the patient’s quality of life.

Seeking Justice for Mesothelioma

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma and have used asbestos-containing ironing board covers or other asbestos products, you may be eligible for legal compensation to help cover treatment costs and other damages.

To find out more about the risks of asbestos exposure from household products like ironing board covers, contact the Justice Support Team today. Call us at (888) 360-4215 or request a FREE Mesothelioma Justice Guide to understand the next steps in seeking justice for mesothelioma.

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