Ironing, if done correctly, is not that big of a deal. If you have washed and dried your clothes properly, indeed, you have reduced your ironing burden to a half. Improper washing, drying, and handling of clothes cause them to get creased and wrinkled. Ultimately, you will need to put additional effort into such wrinkled garments. You don't want that to happen.
Don't use an iron over zips, hooks, buttons because the hard material damages the soleplate. Avoid ironing over the stains, as the stain sets in the fabric permanently due to high heat. These considerations were just the start. Be mindful of the following points while ironing your clothes:
Making the Ironing Setup
Check the size of your iron board and choose a suitable place for it. Make sure the switchboard is also nearby. You may place it in the dressing room or the living room, it’s all about preference. However, stay mindful of the fact that a dangling cord may get in the way of your children. So, better place it on some sided corner, away from the playing kids.
If you don't own an ironing board, a table or a countertop can do the job. It's preferable to place a cover cloth over the counter or ironing board. Make sure; the cover is clean before ironing any garments.
It doesn't take much longer for an iron to get heated. So, its better to get everything prepared before turning it on. Collect all the clothes that need ironing. Set up the ironing board and keep a water spray bottle near you for fabrics like cotton. Keep a spare but clean piece of damp cloth to place over delicate clothing. It’s better to use a steam iron rather than a dry one, to get the best results. You can also use steam generator iron, if your clothes fabric is thick and heavy or cotton type.
Sort out clothes based on fabric type:
We know that each type of fabric requires a different heat level during ironing. For instance, silk and wool require a low-temperature level, while a cotton fabric gets ironed at high heat.
It's preferable to sort all the clothes before you start your work. Set aside those clothes which require high heat and start from the ones needing low temperature. Read the fabric care label on the iron for guidance. It's best to first try the lowest recommended heat level for the fabric. If you don't get satisfied, then you may increase it later. Heating iron is faster than cooling it down. .
Once you are done with the delicate clothes, move on to the stubborn ones. Slightly dampen cotton and polyester before ironing them. Use a damp cloth as a cover over delicate garments to press them.
Don't press embellishments:
Never glide the iron over decorations in your dress. Heavily embellished dresses are always dry-cleaned, but here we are talking about little decorations that adorn your neckline or cuffs. If you don't take care, the cloth and the iron soleplate both get affected.
Use a damp cloth over lace:
Use a damp cloth over woollen fabric and laces. Direct contact with iron may damage the garment.
Iron clothes when they are damp:
It's the best practice to iron clothes when they are slightly dampened. Wrinkles fall out so quickly, and ironing is done efficiently. However, some fabric types can get water-stains, so better be careful about them.
Use a spray bottle to damp cotton and polyester clothes:
Keep a spray bottle filled with water or use starch spray by your side to dampen stubborn clothes like cotton. Wrinkles won't get out quickly if you are not dampening your cotton clothes before ironing. If you are using a top quality steam iron, then you may not need to use water spray.
Start with the fabric that requires low heat:
If you have a long list of clothes to press, start from those that need the lowest heat. It will save your clothes from accidental burning. Suppose if you are ironing a stubborn cotton cloth at high temperature, and after that, you switch to silk cloth. Even if you wait before moving to silk, you can't be sure whether the heat is okay for it or not. So, the fabric may burn. It's an excellent practice to iron clothes lengthwise.
Hang ironed clothes:
After you have pressed an article to hang it right away so that the ironing remains fresh.
While ironing thick parts like cuffs, collars, or hems, press the insides first, followed by the outside. For shirts, start from the underside of the centre of the collar. Move towards the edge and then back to the centre and press the shirt completely. Drape the shirt over the board's side and then press the shoulders and the back.
Iron the pockets first and then move towards the waist of the pants. Don't get too hard on the part where the pockets are present; this creates pocket-lines. Fold the pants horizontally and place it on the ironing board. Make sure that both legs line up and one is placed over the other. When you have gone through the upper fold, move it towards the waist. Now press the bottom leg, turn over the pants and press the remaining two sides in the same way.
Safety from hot iron:
- Choose an iron with excellent safety features and an auto turn-off function.
- Keep iron away from children as it may cause accidents.
- Don't place the iron face down, as it can burn the fabric and damage the surface.
- Let the iron get cooled after you have done your job. Hot irons may cause fires.
- Be careful of the wire of the corded iron so that no one trips over it or use top quality cordless iron
We have some tips to make it enjoyable for you!
Turn on some music or listen to a suspense audio story. In spare time we always prefer entertainment that involves videos. Now, you have time to enjoy the audio as well!
Ask someone to accompany and help you hang the clothes as you iron them. Make a call to your friend and turn on the speaker for convenience. No more boredom!
And final option is buy steam ironing press. Its done the ironing task in seconds.
Video source: Art of Manliness