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Ironing Tips

Really Essential Tips to Master Your Ironing Skills

Many of us regard ironing as an unpleasant chore. Read the tips in this article and I'm sure you'll change your mind!
Sujata Iyer
Last Updated: Apr 22, 2018
I'm not very fond of ironing clothes. But I hate wearing wrinkled clothes either. When my sisters finally refused to iron my clothes anymore (they've been doing it for me since my school days), I had to take matters into my own hands, and now I can proudly say that I am independent as far as ironing clothes is concerned! Read the following tips and you'll feel the same!
Ironing Shirts
  • Begin with the collar. Iron the back of the collar first and when you're sure that it's neatly pressed, turn it over.
  • After the collar, move on to the back of the sleeves. Some ironing boards have sleeve boards. If your board has one, use it to do the sleeves, starting with the upper arm and then move downwards to the cuffs. If the board does not have one, stuff the sleeve tightly with a towel and then press it to remove all the creases. Repeat this with the front of the sleeves as well.
  • Once you're done with the sleeves, move on to the body of the shirt. Spread it as neatly as possible on the board. Work your iron from one side to the other gently but firmly to remove all the wrinkles and flip the shirt over.
  • Hang it immediately to avoid accidental wrinkles.
Ironing Pants
  • Pants should be ironed inside out first. Begin with the waistband and then move towards the pockets and legs of the pant.
  • Press both pockets neatly so that they don't bulge after wearing.
  • After the pockets, do the fly and then carefully press the seams and the hems.
  • Then turn the pant to the correct side and place the legs parallel to the board and iron them.
  • Press the cuffs and hems and hang it up stat.
Ironing Dresses
  • Start by spreading the dress neatly across the board. If the dress does not spread, iron it part by part, spreading it as you progress.
  • The skirt of the dress must always be ironed first.
  • If the skirt is plain then you can iron it effortlessly, moving from bottom to top. However, if it is pleated, then you can clasp the pleats together with clips to ensure that they remain in place while you iron.
  • After the skirt is done, move upwards to the body of the dress and press it with short, gentle strokes.
  • Hang up the dress at once.
Some Basic Tips
  • Read the ironing instructions mentioned on the labels of the clothes before ironing them.
  • Different fabrics require different levels of heat for ironing. For instance, cotton requires more heat than cashmere wool. First iron the clothes that require lower temperatures and then go on to the ones that require higher temperatures. This way, you won't have to wait for the iron to cool down and heat up, thereby saving a lot of time.
  • Spraying clothes with starch before ironing them keeps them crisp and cool for a long time.
  • You can make your own homemade starch spray. Take 2 cups of water in a container and add 1 spoon of corn or rice starch to it. Stir it till the starch is completely dissolved and put the mixture in a spray bottle.
  • Spray this on the clothes lightly before you iron them.
  • The type of board that you use while ironing is also very important.
  • It is advisable to use strong, folding boards, that can be folded to half their height if you wish to sit and iron. This helps when you have a week's laundry to do.
  • As soon as you finish ironing one portion of the garment, move it away so that it does not get crumpled again.
  • Covering the board with aluminum foil before ironing clothes helps in generating heat from both sides to the garments. This in turn saves a lot of time for clothes that require high temperatures.
  • Last but definitely not the least, maintain your iron properly according to the manufacturer's instructions. Clean it and take good care of it and in turn, it'll take care of your clothes.
Now tell me! Wasn't I right? Don't you think these tips are so practical and easy to follow? Use them and you'll never have a crinkled piece of clothing again!