Patience is a virtue; one that I unfortunately don't yet possess. One thing I do have, however, is expensive taste in clothing. Alas, an expensive wardrobe frequently involves extra maintenance such as ironing, which incidentally requires patience and some basic know-how.
Now ironing is not something I particularly enjoy, as it's a time consuming and tedious process. But with my cleaning bills going through the roof, it's time I started taking matters into my own hands (so to speak).
Despite my aversion for ironing, I had to question people who have a handle on ironing in order to relay this information to you. That being said, I would like to thank my mother for having me over and treating me to such a succulent dinner.
Now I hope I don't have to impart the importance of wearing wrinkle-free clothing; you could be clad in the sleekest designer gear, but if your shirt is creased, no one will take you seriously.
With that in mind, here is what I learned about ironing clothing.
ironing it all out
The first step in successfully ironing your clothes is making sure you have the right tools for the job. You'll need a good iron, a hard surface to iron on (preferably an ironing board), and some spray starch.
Using starch will make your clothes feel crisp and look even better, while cutting down your ironing time considerably. Simply lay the garment down flat on the ironing board and spray the starch onto it from at least a foot away before you begin.
Before you start ironing, make sure you read each clothing tag carefully to determine the fabric composition and ironing instructions for each item. Then simply choose your iron's settings accordingly.
Remember not to leave the hot iron on the same spot for more than a few seconds, as it might burn and permanently damage your clothes.
As well, it's best to iron clothes inside out in order to preserve the garment's color and prevent staining.
When ironing shirts, start with the collar; move the iron up and down smoothly around the entire area. Then shift down to the cuffs and sleeves.
Finish off that shirt, and don't step out with creased pants.
Throughout the process, make sure to follow and maintain your shirt's natural creases. Once the sleeves are ironed out, move on to the buttonhole area (gradually iron around each buttonhole), after which you should move on to one of the front halves, and finally work your way around to the other front half.
Once you're done, make sure to properly hang your shirt.
When ironing pants, start with the waistband and slowly move your way down to the cuffs (or hem).
Place your slacks parallel to the ironing board and slowly move the iron up and down, working your way over the entire wrinkled areas. Again, always make sure to follow and maintain your pants' natural lines and creases.
Once you're done, hang your pants without delay.
Before even whipping out your iron, make sure your clothes are in tiptop shape because ironing a dirty shirt could permanently set stains into the fabric.
When washing your clothing, always try to use high-quality detergent and fabric softener, as they will help keep the fabric in good shape for a longer amount of time. By using high-end products, your clothes will maintain their durability, which might also render them less likely to wrinkle. Furthermore, throwing a good fabric softener into the mix relaxes your garment's fabric, decreasing the chances of their getting wrinkled in the first place.
Also, get into the habit of hanging up or folding your clothes as soon as the drying cycle is over. Take your clothes out of the dryer as soon as they are dry (they're more likely to wrinkle when their left in the dryer), and that should make your ironing task that much easier.
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