There’s no doubt about it: ironing is one of the most boring chores, but you can’t avoid it.
Ironing has to be done, and after you’ve ironed a load of clothing you’ll feel more confident.
How does ironing make you confident?
Because ironing removes wrinkles in clothing, which makes it look new and fresh, when you wear ironed clothes you’ll feel good in them.
That said, you might be doing your ironing all wrong.
Here’s our ultimate guide to ironing, along with some ironing hacks to know about.
How To Iron A Shirt
When ironing a shirt, it can feel a bit tricky because you’ve got buttons and a collar that is in the way, but it doesn’t have to take a lot of time.
Here’s how to do it.
- Start at the back of the shirt collar. You should begin by ironing the edges of the back of the collar and iron towards the middle. If you start from the middle, you might end up with creases near the collar’s edges, and you don’t want that.
- Move on to the cuffs. Iron the inside of the cuffs, starting from the outer edges towards the middle. Then, iron the outside and be careful with the cuff buttons so you don’t damage them. You should carefully iron around them, using the point of the iron.
- Iron the sleeves. Start with the cuffs and work your way up the sleeves towards the shoulders. It’s always a good tip to smooth the sleeves out with your hands before ironing them as this prevents new creases from being formed.
- Do the back of the shirt. The back should be easier because you don’t have to worry about things like buttons getting in your way, but if your shirt has pleats you should start underneath the pleats and then iron on top.
- Iron the shoulders. You want to position your shirt on the ironing board so that the board’s narrowest end is inside the sleeve of the shirt. Iron from the edge of the shoulder towards the middle. Move the shirt so that you can do the other shoulder in the same way.
- Iron the front. This is the trickiest part. Gently iron around the buttons, then start from the outside of the shirt pocket and move towards the centre to avoid any creases from being produced.
- Don’t forget the front of the collar! You should iron the front of the collar from the outside and work your way to the middle.
Extra Tips For Ironing Shirts:
- When you’re ironing shirts that are dark in colour, always iron them inside-out so that you don’t end up with sheen.
- If your shirt has some stubborn creases that just won’t come out, spray a bit of water on them before ironing them.
- It’s a good tip to iron your shirts when they’re moist instead of making them too dry before ironing them. This ensures that you’ll get a lovely, crisp result that screams of freshness!
How To Iron A T-Shirt
While ironing a t-shirt is easier than a shirt with cuffs and buttons, there are some important tips to ensure you do it effectively.
- Place your t-shirt over the end of the ironing board and lay it flat.
- Use your hands to smooth out any creases in the material.
- Don’t move the iron in circular motions when you press it down onto the t-shirt material. Instead, make sure you press the hot iron on the material for long enough to remove any creases, before lifting it up and moving it to another part of the material.
- When you have done both sides of the t-shirt, you should lay the t-shirt flat so that it can cool down before you put it in your cupboard.
Extra Tips For Ironing T-Shirts
- If you’ve dried your t-shirt in the sun after having washed it, you should avoid the t-shirt becoming too dry as this will make it difficult for you to iron it effectively.
- Always iron your t-shirt inside-out as this will prevent any creases, shiny spots, or streaking from occurring.
How To Iron Pants
Whether you have trousers, dress pants, or jeans, the process of ironing them is the same.
- You should start with the pockets. Turn them out and iron them as this will prevent wrinkles from forming. This is important because if the pockets are wrinkled and you iron over them you’ll produce more wrinkles. Pull out the pockets and press them flat with the iron.
- Now, position your iron over the pants’ waistband for a few seconds. Lift the iron and bring it across the top section. You should do this for the front and back of the pants.
- Iron the legs of the pants. You should position the pants lengthwise over the ironing board in order to enable you to iron the legs. You want to move the iron back and forth across one pant leg, from top to bottom. You should do this until the material doesn’t have any creases. Repeat the same process with the front and back of your pants.
- Fold your pants at the crease. If your pants have creases down the legs, place one leg on the ironing board so the inseams are over each other. You want to carefully press the iron at the top and bottom of the pant leg, then press the rest of the crease. Repeat this process with the other pant leg.
- Move onto the central part of the legs. You want to press the iron, then lift it and move it onto the next spot to remove any creases. Never slide the iron. The easy part about this step in the ironing process is that you don’t have to iron both sides of the legs. Doing one side is enough.
Extra Tips For Ironing Your Pants
- If you need to iron khaki pants, push and slide the iron instead of pressing it into the material. This is because khakis are light in colour so they don’t tend to get horrible shiny marks on them.
- If you’re ironing delicates, such as wool, you want to use low heat on your iron. You should also protect the fabric by placing a clean handkerchief or white cloth underneath the iron (on top of the fabric) to prevent damaging the clothes.
General Tips For Perfect Ironing Every Time
If you need to iron a shirt or pair of pants, it’s important to do some prep work beforehand.
This involves the following essential tips so that you make a success of your ironing every time.
- Check the clothing label. This is important because it will let you know what temperature you can safely use on the fabric. For example, both wool and cotton can usually handle higher temperatures as compared to synthetic materials like polyester.
- Fill the iron with the right water. You can probably get away with using tap water for your iron but bear in mind that some irons need you to add some distilled water, too. The reason for this is because minerals present in tap water can cause damage to the iron. Make sure you check what water your specific iron model requires.
- Heat up your iron. You should always start the ironing process with your iron on the lowest heat setting. Begin ironing delicate materials, then move onto more durable fabric as your iron heats up. You should also make sure you adjust the iron’s dial so that you can choose the type of fabric you need to iron, such as wool or linen, from the iron’s setting.
- Wait for the indicator light to stop flashing. The iron’s indicator light will flash after you’ve set the temperature dial. It will stop flashing when the iron is at the optimal temperature so that you can begin ironing your clothes.
Should you fold clothing after ironing it?
It’s a better idea to hang your clothing after it’s been ironed. This will prevent new creases from forming and allows it to maintain its fresh appearance.
What material should you iron inside-out?
Most fabrics benefit from being ironed inside-out as it prevents the fabric from becoming shiny. Follow this rule especially if you have clothing that’s made of rayon, linen, velvet, silk, corduroy, and textured fabrics.
If your clothing is looking wrinkled, you’ll need to give it a powerful session of ironing. But ironing doesn’t have to be difficult or cause damage to your clothes.
In this guide, we’ve outlined some important tips you need to follow when ironing your clothing so it can look fresh and crisp every time.