My iron was over 15 years old, my ironing board over 25 years old! So I decided it was time to splash out on new stuff, even though I really don't like (or do much) ironing.
After reading about them here, I decided to get a steam generator - I got the philips one, and a new giant ironing board - so big it looks like a surf board.
These things are absolutely bloody amazing! I spent the whole morning ironing, even offered to do DH shirts, and managed to breeze through a nightmare linen tablecloth that we only use once a year at Christmas because it's such a pain to iron.
I cannot believe that I am spending a Saturday night extolling the virtues of ironing, but there you go. I [heart] my steam generator.
I thought I'd learnt all I would ever need to know about ironing when I was in the Army, however, my steam generator is just about one of the most satisfying labour saving things I've come across in ages.