Ironing Tips and Tricks

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.