How to Iron Shirts and
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Not everyone is fond of ironing
clothes. However, isn't it nice to see
clean, crisp, and tidy clothing?
In theory, ironing is easy. However,
applying direct, high heat on textiles
is intense and must be done with
Ironing clothes takes skill, especially
when working with certain materials,
texture, and patterns that require
extra attention. Here are some quick
methods and tips to consider when
ironing your pants and shirts.
An ironing board
A clean iron, free from rust or
Water in a spray bottle
Some light starch (optional)
What Do You Need?
An ironing board is necessary,
although any old flat surface can do,
when in a pinch, as an emergency
Ironing boards are designed to make
ironing easier. They are also wrapped
in special material that is breathable
and flame-resistant to prevent a fire.
It is also crucial to keep your iron
clean because its sole plates can
become dusty, sticky, and oily.
For cleaning, you may scrub it using
baking soda mixed with water,
newspapers, vinegar, nail polish
remover, or detergent.
Before you iron your pants and
shirts, you have to read the
fabric label first. The tag will tell
you if the item can be ironed and
which setting you should use.
Tips to Consider Before Ironing
Test the fabric by ironing a small
area. Generally, cotton and linen
are safe to iron and they look best
when ironed damp. You can
spray small amounts of water
Never iron velvet, wool, or
corduroy on any setting.
It is also best to iron items
inside out in case it leaves a
Be careful when ironing beads,
sequins, and other
embroidery. If the iron is too
hot, it could melt the hardware.
You may also press the
embellishments into the fabric,
leaving marks on the other side.
The use of a pressing cloth can be
For delicate or embellished
fabrics, place a cotton pressing
cloth between the iron and
your clothing. Flour sacks w