Ironing is usually seen as a duty rather than a pleasure. For this reason, most people try to limit themselves to ironing only those clothes that really cannot do without them. As with everything, however, knowing the right techniques for efficient ironing can save you time and effort. Furthermore, the importance of ironing is not limited to aesthetic reasons: ironing helps to maintain the quality of the fabrics intact, and correctly ironed garments therefore last longer.
In this article we show you the rules to follow in order to learn how to iron efficiently and obtain, without great difficulty, clothes without creases. We will see how best to iron different types of fabric and how to transport clothes so that they do not get worn out even when traveling.
3 tips for stress-free ironing
To understand if a garment or a particular fabric can be ironed without problems, you can simply refer to the symbols shown on the labels on all garments. If the iron symbol is crossed out with a cross, the garment cannot be ironed. If the symbol is not crossed out, you can proceed with ironing without too many thoughts.
Tip 1: lightly moisten the laundry
To iron clothes, sheets, towels and other fabrics correctly, care must be taken in the drying phase. The more dry and dry the clothes to be ironed, the more difficult it will be to obtain a perfect and wrinkle-free ironing. The ideal thing is therefore to start ironing the clothes when they are still slightly damp. If they are too dry, you can moisten them with the help of a sprayer or place a wet cloth over the garment. If, on the other hand, you want to leave your clothes to dry in the dryer, you can select a program that does not completely dry the laundry, but that leaves it slightly damp.
Tip 2: select the right temperature
To set the right temperature for your iron, always remember to check the symbols on the labels of your clothes. These not only tell you if your garment can be ironed or not, but they also tell you about the most suitable temperature. If there is only one point on the iron symbol, it means that you will have to iron the garment at the lowest temperature. If there are two points, you can select an intermediate level. Higher temperatures can only be used when three points are shown on the iron symbol.
In general, remember that synthetic materials, such as nylon and viscose, as well as the most delicate fabrics (for example silk and wool) must always be ironed at the lowest temperature. On the contrary, cotton and linen are materials that are not very sensitive to high temperatures, for which you can therefore also set a higher temperature than the iron.
Tip 3: iron delicate and dark fabrics inside out
Dark-colored clothes should only be ironed inside out, because dark fabrics tend to become shiny or retain halos when they come into contact with the iron. Even the most delicate prints or clothes with applications, such as sequins, should always be reversed before proceeding with ironing. This last precaution has a fairly intuitive motivation: prints and applications bear the heat usually much less than the fabric they embellish, and could stick to the plate, thus damaging both your dress and your iron.
Iron the clothes the right way
Towels and sheets are usually very easy to iron, being flat and of a fairly large size. However, there are some clothes, such as shirts, blouses and T-shirts, which may present some additional difficulties. It is normal not to be practical at all when you try this type of clothing for the first time, but in the end it is only about learning the correct technique and respecting some basic rules. With the right advice you will know how to iron correctly and quickly even suits and suits.
As we have already said, in order to iron correctly you must pay attention right from the drying phase. If you dry your clothes in the open air, it is better to hang shirts, T-shirts and sweaters on a hanger, and not directly on the clothesline. Also remember to slam them lightly before hanging them. In this way the fibers of the fabric will dry out already flattened and you will have less effort during ironing. If you use a clothesline, remember to always hang your clothes with the hem facing up. The clothespins inevitably leave a mark on the clothes, but it will be much easier to eliminate it if it is on the hem rather than on the shoulders.
How to iron a shirt
When dealing with T-shirts and sweaters, it is always better to turn the garment inside out and iron it backwards. This advice is particularly valid when there are prints or applications on a t-shirt. Place the shirt on the board and make sure that the fabric is spread out without creases or wrinkles. Press the iron over the shirt with light pressure. Keep the iron always moving to avoid burning your head with the heat of the plate. Now you can turn the shirt over to the other side and iron it taking care not to create new creases, moving it gradually on the ironing board. Once finished, you can turn the shirt over again and iron both sleeves, this time on the right side of the garment. If creases appear during ironing, flatten the affected area again and iron it a second time.
How to iron a shirt
To iron the shirts perfectly, there are several rules and indications that should be followed, if possible, to the letter. First you need to respect the right sequence of steps and preferably have an ironing board for the sleeves, a tool that can be of great help with shirts. The easiest thing is to always start with the smallest parts: collar, shoulders, buttons and sleeves. If you do not follow this sequence, you risk creating creases and creases in the main body of the shirt right away.
You can therefore proceed first of all with the part that is located just below the collar, starting from the center and going towards the tip of the collar. Turn the collar the other way and iron it following the same rule. To stretch the part of the shoulders, open the shirt and spread it on the tip of the ironing board (the inside of the shirt must face the axis). Now you can iron the fabric by proceeding up to the collar and trying to gently place the iron on the fabric. Then you can move on to the sleeves. The simplest thing is to get a small ironing board for the sleeves. Insert the sleeves into them and stretch them by turning them gradually.
To iron the buttonholes and buttons, place the shirt open on the board and iron with it from one buttonhole to another along the entire shirt. Now turn the shirt and, with the tip of the iron, pass very carefully around the buttons. Finally, the main body of the shirt, the front and the back remain to be ironed. Start with one side, straighten your shirt and proceed with ironing. Once finished, follow the same procedure with the other side. Move the iron making small movements and always making sure there are no creases left.
5 tricks to have clothes without creases
Ironing without an ironing board: the ironing board is certainly a valuable aid, but it is not essential. There are, in fact, many alternatives, but in general any rigid and flat surface is more than enough. A table or the flat surface of a chair, for example, is fine. Just remember to protect the surface you want to iron on by spreading a towel or using an ironing board cover.
Ironing without an iron: if you do not have an iron available, you can replace it with a hairdryer or with a hair straightener. Hang your dress, a little moistened, and turn on the hair dryer or hair straightener at the lowest temperature, passing it over the head and pulling the garment slightly to relax it. With the hair straightener you can also iron the collar of the shirts or restore the desired shape to a bag.
Save time while ironing: to save time while ironing, you can insert aluminum foil under the ironing board cover. In this way the heat of the plate will be reflected, and it will be possible to iron both sides of the garment in one go.
Clothes without creases even when traveling: those who travel often know very well that the clothes put in the suitcase will wrinkle immediately. To avoid wasting all the work done during ironing, we recommend that you store your clothes in a suitcase by rolling them up, instead of inserting them folded. Once you arrive at your destination, remember to immediately take them out and hang them. You will see that the fabric will remain flat and without creases.
Hanging clothes in the bathroom: if you don’t have an iron available, but you still need to revive a blouse, you can hang it in the bathroom. The steam and heat from the shower will flatten the fibers of the fabric and your garment will no longer have creases.
Clean the iron regularly and remove limescale
The care and cleaning of the iron are a fundamental prerequisite for professional ironing. For this, never forget to clean your iron and regularly remove limescale. To eliminate the burns or any stains on the plate, we recommend using white vinegar. Avoid rough sponges or salt as you may scratch the iron plate. Make sure the plate is cold and then remove the stains using a cloth soaked in vinegar and, in the case of stubborn stains or clogged holes, use an old toothbrush. You can also use white vinegar together with distilled water to remove limescale from the iron boiler. Fill the boiler with both products in equal proportions, and then release all the liquid in the form of steam. You can repeat this step, reducing the amount of vinegar each time, until you have removed all the limestone.
In general, however, we advise you to read the instruction booklet of your iron and to follow the instructions given.
Conclusions: ironing clothes and clothes in a workmanlike manner
Never underestimate the preparation phase for ironing and the technique to follow. If you lightly moisten the clothes before ironing them, ironing will automatically become much easier and faster. Also remember to respect the right sequence to iron your shirts efficiently. Always look at the symbols shown on the labels of your clothes: this universal symbol allows you to understand if your garment can be ironed and at what temperature. If you don’t have an iron available, you can use water steam or a hair straightener to get crease-free clothes.