In today’s fast paced life it’s a common phenomenon for people to undermine the importance of ironing effectively. Some people try to avoid it entirely, mostly because they find it time consuming. These tips and tricks will show you that ironing is nothing short of an art, and if performed right it will give out great results in a minimum amount of time.
1. Act according to the Fabric
Most pieces of clothing have the optimal ironing temperature written on the tag. Strictly adhere to this, if you don't want to your clothes to stick to the iron ! Even if the temperature is not written on the piece of clothing , as a general rule avoid ironing silk, polyester and certain synthetic fabrics at high temperatures.It is always advisable to first set the iron at a low temperature and then gradually increase it.
2. Spray water for slight dampness
Ensure that your iron has adequate water. In case you are ironing a cotton shirt, be sure to keep a spray bottle handy and sprinkle water generously before beginning . Spraying water makes the shirt damp, ironing then evaporates the water and slowly removes the wrinkles. Ironing linen shirts can be the most cumbersome, in case of linen shirts it always best to first sprinkle water on the shirt, then put a wet cloth on top and iron over it.
3. Iron back and Forth
It is best to iron back and forth with heel of the iron. If you’re ironing a shirt then its is advisable to first start with the cuff opened and then the collar - first opened and then closed. Begin by ironing the inside part and then the outside panels both front and back . Try to sneak your iron in between the buttons but be careful run the iron over the buttons !
4. Steam the thing
Steamers are good for skirts and dresses as it can be a task to lay these on the ironing board.
Hang the dress or skirt on the wall at shoulder length or buy a steaming board to protect both your wall and the dress. If you’re working on a delicate fabric like velvet or some synthetic fabric your best bet is to to first try steaming on a small patch before steaming the entire dress or skirt. Avoid touching the steamer with the fabric if it's a delicate one. For tougher fabrics like cotton and linen, it's okay to apply slight touch.
5. Hang it up
After you’re done ironing, it's best to hang the garment vertical outside for a while instead of wearing it immediately or keeping it inside the closet, until it's completely dry.
6. Invest a good ironing kit
The iron must be built-to-last, solid and the heavier, the better. A heavy, sturdy iron will allow you to get rid of those wrinkles, without having to apply excess pressure. Another important part of your ironing kit, is a sturdy and wide ironing board. This will ensure you don't have to stretch-out to iron those tricky places of your cloth.
Now you can feel confident about your ironing abilities and maybe share a few of these tips & tricks with your friends. Happy ironing !