How to Iron Clothes
Thanks to technology, we finally have something our ancestors did not. And, one of these items is an iron. However, despite it making life easier, most people hate ironing their clothes. In fact, people try to avoid this chore, as much as possible. In truth, the reluctance people have with ironing clothes comes from the fact that they do not know how to do so correctly.
Learning how to iron clothes properly helps make the entire process easier for everyone. First, it is essential to note that the ironing process starts before getting out the ironing board and iron. The process begins with washing your clothes. This is then proceeded by drying your clothes appropriately. This helps reduce wrinkling.
Most people do not realize the importance of washing and drying their clothes properly. But, once you get this step correct, ironing will no longer be a tough process. Also, make sure you never iron clothes with dirt or stain. As the iron’s heat will set the stain or dirt on your cloth permanently.
Once you wash and dry your clothes; you can proceed with the ironing process. So, the first thing you should do is set up the iron board, plug in the iron, and adjust the correct settings. Then leave the iron to preheat. To know when the iron is ready, sprinkle some water and see if it frizzles.
Setting up to start ironing
Once the iron is ready, the next step is setting up to start ironing. Whether you have a tabletop or full-sized iron board, make sure you are careful on how you place it. Make sure the iron’s cord is not strung on the floor. This prevents a child or pet from pulling the iron down.
Next, check whether the iron has a clean base plate. A build-up of scorched sizing can quickly transfer to a clean fabric. Also, ensure that your ironing board cover is clean as well. If not, ensure you replace the cover before you start ironing.
If you find that using an ironing board is uncomfortable, you can use a strong flat surface like a counter or table. But, make sure you prepare it accordingly.
After the setup is complete, the next thing is commencing the ironing process.
The ironing process
Before you start, make sure you locate the tag(s) of the garment(s) you want to iron. The tag(s) will provide you with the information you require about the clothes material. Some clothes have tags that indicate; they should not be ironed. While others show a low heat tolerance. This means you have to iron them using a gentle setting.
For cotton, clothes make sure you use high heat. While wool and cotton mixes, require medium level heat. For fabrics like silk, polyester, nylon, and other fabrics, make sure you use a low heat setting. Once you have identified the iron requirements for your garment(s), you can now proceed with ironing.
If you have several clothes to iron, make sure you start with the garment that requires low heat settings. The work your way up to garments that require high heat. This will help save time. It will also prevent accidents like scorching and melting from happening.
Another essential tip to remember when you start ironing is to make sure you take time to stretch the garment across the ironing surface. This will help save you time, as you do not have to re-iron wrinkles. Also, make sure you iron the clothes evenly. Make sure you keep the iron moving, as stopping can burn your cloth.
How to iron dresses
- Start by stretching the skirt part of the dress on the ironing board. If your dress has pleats, iron from the bottom to the top.
- For the top part of the dress, use the flat, large surface of the ironing board to smooth out the wrinkles.
- Hang the dress immediately after ironing it.
How to iron shirts
- Start by ironing the collar
- Then move to the sleeves of the shirt
- When ironing the rest of the shirt, make sure it lays flat on the ironing surface. Then work from one side moving to another slowly.
- Hang the shirt immediately after you complete ironing.
If you do not enjoy ironing, try to make it fun and productive by listening to music.