How to iron your clothes

Ironing is one of the least favourite household tasks. In this article we will give you some advice on how to do it right, fast and efficient.

Ironing? How do I do that?

Follow these steps to iron fast and clean.

  • 1. Is it necessary to iron this piece of clothing?
    The first thing you want to ask yourself is: do I really need to iron this? A t-shirt for instance usually does not need ironing, as long as you hang it out to dry after washing it. If your clothes need ironing, then proceed to step 2.
  • 2. Check the laundry symbols
    You can iron clothes on different degrees based on the kind of fabric that your clothes are made of. Check the label first. Use the following temperatures (degrees Fahrenheit) to iron your clothes:

    Acrylic setting: 107
    Nylon/Silk: 121
    Rayon: 132
    Cotton blends: 149
    wool: 166
    100% cotton: 193
    and Linen: 204

    It is wise to sort your clothes based on fabric so that you do not have to change the settings of your iron all the time.
  • 3. Iron
    Every peace of clothing requires a different technique:

    T-shirts
    Start by ironing the sleeves. Place them on the ironing board with the seam exactly on the side of the ironing board. Pull it tight when you move the iron over the sleeve. Iron both sides of the sleeve. Then pull the t-shirt over the ironing board as if the ironing board is wearing the t-shirt. Pull it tight again and iron the front and back of the t-shirt. If your t-shirt has a print on it, make sure to iron it inside out to prevent damaging the print.

    Pants
    Place one trouser leg on the ironing board. Iron the front and the back. Repeat the same thing with the other trouser leg.

    Shirt
    Shirts are the most annoying items to iron. Start by ironing the sleeves of the shirt. Do this by placing the sleeve on the ironing board with the seam on the side of the board. Start with the side of the sleeve that has the button on it and end with the front of the sleeve. Pull it tight and iron both sides of the sleeve. Repeat the same thing with the other sleeve.

    Next thing to do is iron the right front side of the shirt, then the back and then the left front side one by one. The last thing to iron is the collar. Iron the inside of the collar first and then the outside.

    Trousers
    A trouser needs to contain creases. Make sure to fold the trousers so that the point where you would like to have the crease is exactly on the side. Never iron a trouser directly, because this will damage the trouser. It is best to place a slightly wet dish towel over it. Iron the trousers through the wet dish towel. For the top of the trousers, the best thing to do is pull it over the ironing board and again, use the dish towel.

    Dress
    Iron the top of the dress first. Then iron the bottom of the dress by pulling it over the ironing board completely. Then iron the peaces on top of the board while rotating the dress around it until it is fully ironed.

    Skirts
    Make sure to pull the skirt over the ironing board all the way. Then iron the part that is on top of the ironing board. Rotate the skirt around the ironing board until it is fully ironed.

    Bed linen
    Although most people do not iron their bed linen, it is smart to do so anyway. Bed linen are filled with bacteria. You can usually get these out by washing them in the washing machine. But just to be sure, the iron will kill all the bacteria that are left. There is not really a special way to iron bed linen or pillow covers. Just make sure to cover every spot and you are all done.

If you by accident iron over a piece of clothing that is folded, you might press it into an unwanted shape. Best thing to do is to spray some water on it and iron it again. That should take care of the problem.

We wish you the best of luck!

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