Monday, November 8, 2010

Tips on How to Iron Clothes

So I am getting ready to iron all of our dress clothes, that way if my wonderful husband decides he wants to wear something all he has to do is grab it from the closet. I do iron our clothes, usually on Sunday mornings when we are rushing around trying to get ready for church, that doesn't make for a relaxing Sunday though. So I thought I would look up ironing tips, just to make sure there wasn't and easy way that I didn't know about! Turns out, there isn't, you just have to do it. So, then I thought, well maybe someone else could learn from this information. So here is an article that I found at

How to Iron Clothes - Ironing Clothes Help

Most people do not enjoy ironing clothes. In fact, it is widely considered to be an unavoidable chore by most. However, the reluctance of many to iron clothes is simply caused by a failure of understanding how to iron clothes properly. Learning the right steps to ironing clothes should make the process a bit easier for you.

  • Before you ever begin to iron, plug the iron in, adjust it to the correct setting, and allow it to preheat. You will know your iron is ready for use if it sizzles when you spray a bit of water on it. Locate the tag on the garment you are preparing to iron. It will provide you with information about the material. Some clothes, you will find, should not be ironed. Others have a very low tolerance for heat, so you'll have to iron them at a gentle setting. Use high heat for cotton and linen. Cotton mixes and wool are ironed on a medium level. Use a low setting for silk, nylon, polyester, and other like fabrics. If you are using a steam iron, make sure there is the proper amount of water inside.

  • When you actually begin to iron, take your time to ensure the garment has been stretched flat across the ironing board. This will save you some time in terms of re-ironing wrinkles that you put in. As you iron, make sure to iron clothing evenly with smooth, careful strokes. Always remember to keep the iron moving. Stopping at any point could burn your clothing.

How to Iron Shirts

  • Start the process by ironing the collar. Stretch the back of it across the flat surface of the board. Run the iron over the back of the collar several times until you are sure it is correctly pressed. Turn the shirt over and handle the front of the collar.

  • Move to the sleeves of the garment. You need to be sure to iron the back of the sleeves first, then move to the front of the sleeves. Start by stretching the larger part of the sleeves across the point of the ironing board. Iron all the way around the back of the sleeves, then move it toward the sleeve front until you have ironed the circumference of the sleeve. Stretch the lower back of the sleeve across the large, flat surface of the ironing board. Iron toward the cuffs. Flip the shirt over and do the front, making sure to take careful, short strokes.

  • When you get ready to handle the rest of the shirt, lay it as flat as possible on the ironing board. Work from one side to the other slowly smoothing out the wrinkled spots as you go.

  • Hang the shirt directly after you finish ironing. Be sure to button the top and center buttons.

How to Iron Dresses

  • Begin by stretching the skirt portion of the dress across the point of the ironing board. If you are working with pleats, start at the bottom and work toward the top. Work your way around the skirt with strong, fast strokes.

  • If the top of the dress won't stretch across the point of the ironing board, smooth it as flat as possible across the large, flat surface of the board. Start with the back and work your way to the front. On each side, be sure to work from the top down.

  • Hang the dress as soon as possible after you iron it. Try not to wear the garment for a few hours, as it will be more prone to wrinkling again once you've heated the fibers.

How to Iron Pants

  • Turn the pants inside out. Begin with the top. Iron the circumference of the waistband. Move toward the pockets. Be sure to iron both sides of the pockets. Iron the fly, then the seams of the pants, then the hems. Follow that order carefully, and use smooth, quick strokes.
  • Turn the pants so the correct side is facing out. hook the waistline of the pants around the arrow shaped edge of the board. Use the iron to press out the wrinkles of the top front part of your pants.

  • Put the pants legs parallel to the board, with both of them headed in the same direction. Iron each leg without damaging the current creases.
  • Iron the cuffs, and hang the pants.

Ironing clothes is really a delicate process. The iron produces so much heat that if you are not sure how to iron clothes, you should really get educated on the process before you start. It’s not as simple as flopping a shirt on an ironing board. It takes effort to learn how to iron like a professional. For some people it takes a long time, but if you learn how to iron, you can cut the time you spend ironing.

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