- Jun 1, 2008
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Yes the inns here use the Meile but I don't have the $2000 for it right now. An ironrite would be the ticket for me! Chris is also finishing my laundry room in the basement of the new main building so we can move the laundry room there and I'm having him build me a big island that I'm going to pad to use for ironing and folding sheets. And besides shelves I'm having him put in a large closet rod so I can hang sheets and tablecloths instead of folding.We use a mangle and have a small collection of old Ironrites, some for parts. My DH has taught himself to repair them after we found a manual online. We have found them at auctions and on Ebay and have never paid more than $50 for one, but that was maybe five years ago. I see now they go for as much as $250. You need to find one nearby because they are heavy and have to be kept upright in transporting. Miele makes a new one that goes for around $200-$2500.I iron all the napkins, pillow cases and sheets. I talked about this in a thread months ago. It takes me about 5 minutes per room to iron the king sized sheet. I iron them on the bed as I make the bed. I would love to try a mangle if I had access to one..
Oceans, I don't know where you are but you can keep an eye on local auction houses - sometimes when they're clearing out a house they'll have a mangle. Otherwise, ebay is your best bet. There used to be an ironrite website with classifieds but it is gone - this one has some information.
It really does make the ironing go faster, and is more energy effecient (electrically and innkeeper-wise). Even if I didn't send my sheets out, I would iron the pillowcases for sure and possibly the top sheet. I think guests might think they're used if they're wrinkly.