Ironing Tips

Spring Cleaning Tips

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How do I iron a shirt? This is a typical question which I am asked all the time.

Our ironing tips will make ironing a less arduous task. The aim is to make things a lot easier for you, thus, helping you cut down on the length of time you are pounding that board.

As your housekeeping and homemaking efforts are reduced you’ll find that you have more time to concentrate on more pressing matters (no pun intended). So try out are tips and see how you get on.

The first ironing tip is to ensure that the iron is on the right setting for the material it is to be used on. If you don’t do this you’re likely to burn or leave shiny iron marks on the garment. The information in regards to the settings should be written somewhere on the iron itself.

When you have finished using the iron see to it that you empty the remainder of the water from it, this will limit the build up of limescale, which can dirty your clothes the next time you go to use it.

When ironing shirts or blouses have you ever noticed that when you come to iron the arms you tend to iron creases into the opposites side of them? Well, to stop this from happening iron the back of the arm first. This is because ironing that side first counteracts the unevenness of the garment caused by the folds in cuff. Give it a go and see how you get on.

Leading on from the above ironing tip, don’t iron the arms of the shirt inside out as the crease along the length of the arm will be concave, which can look a little bit silly. If you don’t want this crease, why not invest in a sleeve board? If you don’t want to do this you can improvise by getting a towel, rolling it up and push it up the sleeve.

It is always best if you iron the arms first. If you iron the front and back first then when you eventually iron the arms the front and back - which you have already ironed - are likely to get creased.

Use a starch spray when you iron shirts this will keep them nice and crisp when you hang them up.

When you have finished ironing garments, if you fold them instead of hanging them be careful; thinner items such as t-shirts will crease pretty quickly. Thicker items such as denim and jumpers can be folded.

Certain items of clothing such as football jerseys have plastic lettering on them. These will have to be ironed inside out on a low iron otherwise the heat from the iron may melt or dis-figure this lettering.

A great ironing tip is to iron the clothes in the room where they are going to be hanged or at the very least near to the room. This will limit the chances of the clothes getting creased in the transportation to the relevant cupboards.

Invest in an aluminium coated iron board cover. This will speed up the ironing process as the heat will reflect back off it and iron the opposite side of the garment. Using one of these will roughly save you 35 % in terms of time. This will also have the added benefit of saving you money on your electricity bill.

Any items of clothing which have double thickness will have to be ironed on both sides. Make sure you iron the inside first followed by the outside.

A good ironing tip which will save you time is to iron the clothes which need a higher heat first, progressing to those garments which need a lower heat last. This will save time because constantly changing the thermostat means you’ll have to wait about a minute for it to heat up or cool down.

A good ironing tip is to quickly read the instruction tags on individual garments to check out any special requirements for ironing them. This may sound a bit labour intensive but after you’ve ironed the garment a few times you will automatically know how it should be ironed.

This ironing tip doesn’t really need explaining, but don’t leave the iron un-attended for any length of time. If the phone rings, quickly turn the iron off and hang up the garment you are half-way through ironing. It has been known for people to leave the iron face down on clothing while they answer the phone.

When you fill the iron with water make see to it that it’s switched off, this will limit the chances of you hurting yourself or the ironing tripping an electricity switch.

Leading on from this, make sure you leave the iron to cool down for at least 30 minutes before you pack it away, we don’t want any mishaps do we?

Don’t hold the iron in the same spot for to long a time as you can burn the garment, ensure that you keep the iron moving at all times.

Where possible try to iron your clothes inside-out this will help protect them, making them last that little bit longer.

If your suit or dress gets creased and you can’t iron it, it perhaps is best to take it to the dry cleaners, not only will doing this get rid of the creases, but your garment will come back cleaner.

A good ironing tip when it’s time to remove creases from of your linen is to iron it while it is still damp. When it is damp more steam is created, thus making it easier to iron.

When ironing larger items such as table cloths, why not use the table? First place a thickish sheet over the table to protect it, then start ironing the item. Doing this will save you time your time whilst making things a lot easier.

If you are ironing trousers see to it that you iron the inside of the pockets. To do this turn them inside out and start ironing.

If you’re ironing a shirt and you need to get to the button area, iron the reverse side of the button area, this will make thinks a lot easier.


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