I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in our history we decided to stop ironing clothes because for some reason people think that it’s beneath them or that their clothes are so advanced that they don’t need to pull out the iron anymore.
Well I am sorry to say that you are fooling yourself and that we all notice your crinkly shirt.
Sure, it maybe the trendy thing to not iron tshirts any more and maybe, just maybe you can get away with it some of the time, but I am here to tell you that you can’t get away with it all of the time.
Fact is most of us need to iron, sure some maybe wealthy enough to pay someone else to do it, but most aren’t.
Personally I find it quite embarrassing when people have wrinkles all through their clothes. It just makes them seem….not together. That somehow they struggle through the day.
I used to have a boss who never ironed his shirt and quite frankly I had less respect for him. It’s one job before he goes to work and yet he can’t get that done. How can he effectively manage if he can’t manage an ironing board?
Ok, so now I’ve got that off my chest here are my top tips to iron effectively and efficiently.
Tip #1: Inside Out
Always iron black and dark garments inside out to avoid getting a sheen on the fabrics from the iron.
Tip # 2 Order Counts
Iron cuffs, hems, and collars first and do them inside out to keep them from puckering up and losing shape.
Tip #3: Get it Straight
Always iron using straight, back and forth strokes; never use circular movements. This can stretch out your fabrics and will shorten the life of your clothes.
Tip #4: Don’t Squash Your Style
If there are fabric designs or embroidery on your fabric that you want to avoid flattening, cover your ironing board with a towel and lay the fabric so they design is face-down; then iron.
Tip #5 Keep it Clean
Clean your iron regularly to prevent deposits from ejecting and ruining your clothes. You can clean a warm iron plate with a cloth dipped in a water baking soda solution, and use Q-tips to remove deposits from the holes in the iron.
Tip # 6: Hang it Up
Hang up your ironed clothes immediately after ironing to make sure all that hard work you just did sets in immediately and you don’t risk wrinkling the fabrics again.
Tip #7: Keep it Separated
If you want to prevent the effect of your ironing on the underside of your fabric, slip a thin piece of carboard inside your clothes to keep the front and back separated.
Tip #8: Perfect Pleats
While ironing, use paper clips to hold the shape of pleats. Just be sure to iron over them gingerly so you don’t damage your fabrics.
Tip#9: Invest In The right chemicals
Buy some good Ironing Aid Spray. It really makes the process easy.
Tip#10 Don’t skimp on the Iron
Yes, you can buy a Ten dollar Iron, but that doesn’t mean you should. Sure it’s cheap but you will be back there in a few months because your iron failed on the day you had a job interview! Trust me, it ain’t worth. Spend a good amount of money on a quality brand.