How To Iron Perfectly
You may need to iron some of your clothing garments in order to keep them looking nice and wrinkle-free. Ironing is a fairly straightforward process, however it can be somewhat tricky if you’ve never done it before.
The perfect ironing job can turn a slouchy and wrinkled button-down into a neat, crisp, and suave look. Let’s take a closer look at the secrets behind how to iron perfectly.
Wash Your Garments Before Ironing
Clothes iron best after they are freshly washed. You don’t want to iron excess dirt into your garments, especially if they have stains on them. Ironing on stains can set them into the clothes,. This will ruin the integrity of the textile and making them much harder to get out afterwards.
Ironing Based On Fabric-Type
First, it’s important to acquire all the the necessary equipment together.
As the iron begins to get hot, you want to have all your materials assembled before you begin ironing. You don’t want to mess around with a hot iron while trying to grab a clothing item. So, always keep everything ready before turning the iron on.
- You will need an ironing board, which is a large, flat surface over which you can iron your clothing.
- You will need an old cloth to protect your delicate items/fabrics.
Sort Out Laundry Based On Material
Sort your laundry by material/fabric.
Believe it or not, different materials require different means of ironing. You must always sort your clothing based on its material. Cotton clothing, for example, should be ironed differently compared to silk clothing. You will want to start ironing the clothes that require the lowest heat setting, and then move up from there.
- Rayon, silk, and wool should all be ironed at a low setting at all times. For rayon and silk, turn the items inside out prior to ironing the garment. For wool items, place a damp cloth between the item and the iron in order to receive best results.
- Medium heat should be used for polyester materials, and high heat setting should be used for cotton materials. Both fabrics should be slightly damp prior to ironing- not soaked.
Always Read The Care Label
Care label is key
We live by the care label of your garments! Be sure to always check the care label to see what the recommended ironing settings are for that specific material that you want to iron. Remember, not every clothing item if going to have the same recommendations when it comes to ironing.
Use A Damp Cloth When Ironing Lace & Wool Materials
Delicate fabrics such as lace and wool shouldn’t have direct contact with the iron. Always use a damp cloth when ironing these types of fabrics.
- Make sure the cloth is damp and not soaking wet.
- If you’re unsure of the fabric’s material, check the care label. This should tell you what the clothing is made from.
Lace & Wool
Make Sure Polyester & Cotton Fabrics Are Damp Prior To Ironing
You should never iron cotton and polyester materials dry. Always ensure that items made from these materials are slightly damp prior to ironing them.
- Pull cotton and polyester items out of the dryer before they get completely dry.
- You can also spritz them with a spray bottle filled with water to get them damp before ironing.
Cotton & Polyester
Turn Delicate Fabrics Inside-Out Prior To Ironing
Some fabrics are very delicate compared to others. Ironing the surface can cause the fabric to look burnt or damaged, especially if the iron is on a high setting. If you’re working with any of the following fabrics, turn the clothing items inside out prior to ironing.