Hello Droppers! We have a new How To for you today, and one we are sure will come in handy. (Especially if your generation never learned this in Home Economics!) We’re talking about ironing. We’ve all had busy mornings where the last thing on our mind is the state of our clothes. Nothing is worse than running out the door for a meeting or event and realizing your clothes are all wrinkly! We don’t want a wrinkle in your clothes to cause a wrinkle in your brow, so we are here to help. We’ve assembled simple instructions on how to iron your garments, as well as some fabulous tricks of the trade to keep your best clothes wrinkle-free.
Basic steps for ironing any item:
- Determine the fabric makeup of whatever item you’re ironing.
- Use the correct temperature setting that correlates to your fabric type. (When in doubt start with a lower setting, test it, and increase the temperature if necessary.)
- Spray water on fabrics made from natural fibers, then press iron firmly into the fabric. Glide iron across the surface to smooth out wrinkles.
- Hang the item up for a few minutes to let it fully dry.
Now for some tips:
- To ensure you have the perfect temperature for your fabric, check out this guide. This is important because ironing on a temperature that is too high can scorch delicate fabrics, while using a temperature too low will make thoroughly removing wrinkles difficult. If unsure, a medium setting is a good place to start.
- A few items (like satin and silk) can stain from water droplets. These would be the few cases where you don’t want to apply any water or steam before ironing. Dry iron on a low heat sandwiched between tougher fabrics like cotton and linen.
- When ironing more than one item, start with the items that require the lowest temperature like acetate and nylon. Then move to synthetic fabrics and end with cotton and linen fabrics.
- This may seem slightly obvious, but never iron clothes that are stained and haven't been washed yet! The heat from the iron will likely set the stain into the fabric permanently.
- Check the iron to be sure the base plate is clean so no scorch marks get transferred to your fabrics Scorched build-up of starch or sizing can be transferred to clean fabrics.
- For fabrics like velvet, corduroy and textured fabrics, ironing on the wrong side will prevent crushing the texture.
- If you’re worried about stretching the fabric throughout the process, iron lengthwise, and away from hems.
You may not be able to apply heat and water to all of the wrinkles in your life, but we hope that with this quick tutorial you will feel more empowered when tending to your garments. Nothing adds some pep to your step like a pristine ensemble. Leave the house with confidence. Happy ironing!