IRONING OUT THE WRINKLES
Ironing clothes is a delicate process, as irons produce a lot of heat that, if applied the wrong way, can damage clothing. Most people think it’s a real chore but learning the right steps will help it go smoothly and will eventually save a lot of time.
Invest in a metallic ironing board cover, which reflects heat so you’re actually ironing both sides at once, and make sure you’ve got a decent steam iron. Ironing is best done in the bedroom – sort your laundry on the bed, with plenty of hangers close to hand and make it more enjoyable by listening to podcasts, or your favourite music.
First up, read the labels, checking you know the right heat settings: synthetics require low temperatures; wool mixes, medium heat; cotton and linen are best ironed while slightly damp, on a high setting; and some clothes shouldn’t be ironed at all. If in doubt, use the lowest setting.
Start with articles needing the lowest temperatures, then progress to those requiring more heat. Stretching the garment across the board will ensure you don’t add wrinkles, and keep that iron moving, using smooth and careful strokes, to avoid burning the fabric.
Note: Perfectionists iron clothes inside out, to avoid getting a sheen on the fabric
Once you learn the right way to iron a shirt, you’ll be able to iron anything.
1. Start with the collar and cuffs, ironing the back only (to avoid puckering), starting from the centre and working towards the points.
2. Flip the shirt over, and press the front lightly.
3. Iron from the yoke to the centre of the back, followed by the sleeves ironing towards the cuffs.
4. When you’re ready to do the rest of the shirt, lay it as flat as possible then smooth out the wrinkled spots as you go.
5. Hang the shirt when it’s finished, making sure to button the top and centre buttons.
Note: Spritz any heavily wrinkled areas before ironing, and don’t forget to use the iron’s steam spray.
Begin with the skirt; if it has pleats, start at the bottom and work towards the top.
Bodices, unlike the skirt, should be started at the top and always iron the back first.
Hang the dress as soon as you’ve finished, and – to minimise the wrinkling – try not to wear it for a few hours.
Note: Iron between the buttons; they may break if ironed over, or you could scratch the iron’s plate.
1, Iron these inside out, starting with the waistband and moving towards the pockets (always iron both sides of the pockets).
2. Use smooth, quick strokes to iron the fly, then the trousers’ seams, and then the hems.
3. Turn the trousers the right way, and press the top, front part.
4.Place the trouser legs parallel to the ironing board, with both pointing in the same direction, and press the legs gently – making sure you don’t damage the trousers’ creases.
5. Finally iron the cuffs, and then hang the trousers.
Finished- we hope this has help you improve your ironing skills. Try not to think of ironing as a chore- it makes you look so much sharper, look ironing as a part of crafting your image.
Also, when you are finished- don’t forget to unplug your iron, and empty its water tank.
Elliott Ford- December 2017