In an earlier post I showed off my new Olisso iron, which you can keep plate down at all times. Well, it recently started misbehaving and I had to send it back to the manufacturer. So, I was once again faced with the issue of a cat getting herself fried by an iron up on it's heel.
Then I found a silicone mat that you can put a super hot iron on, plate down, without anything getting fried, including a cat. I've tested it a lot in the last week, and the mat does not melt and it does not mar the ironing plate. You do have to turn off the steam, but that works OK for me, as I don't steam when ironing block seams anyway. So, I'm back to using my Rowenta Professional and all is well although the 5 minute auto off still annoys me. The shut off on the Olisso is 30 minutes.
Olisso will be sending me a new iron, which I'm sure I'll put right into service, as I do like it. But, it'll be good to have the silicone mat for when I crank up the Rowenta to iron linens.... which is like once every 10 years. I guess it'll last that long.