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The How-To Lounge: Ironing

I personally don't own an iron -- I would rather take my blouse, skirt, or trousers to the dry cleaners and have them steam out any wrinkles, but sometimes that's just not in the cards, so luckily I know how to iron! If you need a few pointers, click here to

  • Make sure you give your iron ample time to heat up
  • Always read the label on your clothing and change the setting accordingly. Using the wrong setting and temperature could ruin your favorite shirt in seconds. If the care label says not to iron -- DON'T
  • Note that cotton and linens need high heat, wools and cotton blends need medium heat, and silk, polyester blends, nylon and acrylic need low heat
  • Stretch your item tight across your ironing board and iron with smooth even strokes so your garment looks consistently wrinkle free
  • Always keep your iron in motion when it's on your garment or else you run the risk of burning it
  • If you're ironing a collared shirt, it's recommended to start with the collar, both the front and the back, then move down to the cuffs of the sleeve, then to the sleeve, then to the back and front of the shirt
  • If you're ironing pants or a skirt, turn them inside out and if you're ironing a skirt or dress with pleats, start at the bottom and work your way up to the top of the pleats
  • Don't neglect your pockets. Iron them flat or else they will stick out and cause bulkiness
  • If you're handling delicates, an iron with the capability of steaming might be better suited for your needs and don't forget to add water while preheating. Hand held steamers are always a great way to de-wrinkle your clothing as well, especially if you have a lot of delicates
  • Whenever you're done ironing any kind of garment, make sure to hang it. Since it's still hot from the iron, folding it will make new wrinkles, and if you're ironing a button down shirt or jacket, make sure to button the top button so it keeps its shape. It's also recommended to not wear your garment for at least an hour after ironing it because it will be more susceptible to wrinkles

I hope these basic tips help any of you iron rookies out there, and as always, please let me know if you have any quick and easy tips that I might have missed!


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