If you are an individual who understands the effect a properly ironed cloth has on one’s confidence level, you will never joke with the concept of ironing of clothes. So if you are the type that cares so much on what you put on, then there is no way you can completely or totally eradicate the concept. You definitely have to learn how to properly iron your clothes.
No matter how strong those wrinkles on your fabric are, it becomes eradicated after a session of proper ironing. To always have your clothes in their proper, usual or original forms at all time, there is a need to apply sufficient heat on them. With the right amount of heat and a right soleplate weight, ironing is always easy and fast.
Also, there are various types of irons which are designed to eradicate any form of inconveniences or frustrations that could come from ironing. Now, we have irons that allow or accommodate steaming, a feature that has been reported to make the eradication of wrinkles on clothes easy and fast, hereby delivering a very impressive outcome at the end. When it comes to ironing, the idea is to come out with a smooth and wrinkle-free cloth at the end of the task.
To achieve the right result, apart from the right tools, patience and the right approach are right.
How To Iron Clothes
Every step is important
Achieving a great result starts right before you get to the ironing stage. Ensure the washing and drying of your clothes are properly done. When you properly follow the right washing and drying approach, wrinkling reduces. Make sure you check all the clothes that are due for ironing before you proceed. Ensure they are free from stains and any other form of external properties. If you fail to check properly for stains, it could lead to a total write off. By total write off, we mean the heat that comes out from the iron could make the stain stays permanently on the cloth.
Put the right arrangement in place
Ensure your ironing board is properly placed. Make sure the iron is rightly plugged and totally free from likely interruption. Ensure the wire are totally off the ground, especially if the board is placed very close to a walkway. Safety first. In the absence of an ironing board, a clean flat surface can be used. Ensure the surface is durable. A table or a counter are perfect fits for this.
The next thing to watch out for is the state of the soleplate. Ensure the soleplate is clean and totally free from dirt or sediments.
Know the right temperature
Make sure you follow the recommended temperature for every fabric. To know the right temperature for the different types of fabrics, you can take your time to check through a chart that shows the perfect temperature for each fabric type. To start with, go for the lowest recommended temperature for each fabric and you can always increase it to the highest or hottest for such fabric type as you proceed. Increasing the level of temperature takes little or no time as opposed to reducing it.
For an effective and faster ironing approach, if you have different types of fabrics to iron, it is better you start with fabrics that require the lowest or coolest temperature and you can increase the temperature as you move up the rank. With this approach, your ironing task becomes easier and you also have a control on possible damage that could occur.
Handle your fabric the right way
When you have to iron a fabric that is a bit wet, there is a need to keep your iron totally dry. And for fabrics that are extremely dry, to can sprinkle the fabric with a little water or make use of spray starch to add the needed moisture.
For areas that are very thick, ensure you adopt the double ironing strategy. The double ironing strategy involves ironing both the inside and outside of these areas by ironing the inside first, followed by the outside to smoothen or remove any form of wrinkles. These extra-thick areas are the cuffs, the collars, and the pockets.
Also, ensure you totally stay away from areas with any form of decorations, the zippers, and the buttons while ironing.
Lastly, iron your clothes according to their sizes. And after every exercise, ensure you immediately hang the just ironed cloth.
Types of Iron
This is the most common type of iron on the market today. This type of iron has a water holding tank. When the water holding tank is filled with water, it means you can make use of the steam function. This type of iron is good for cotton and linen fabrics. When used on these two fabrics, the outcomes are always smooth and neat. No matter how stubborn or difficult those wrinkles are, this type of iron eradicate them with no stress. This type of iron comes with various features, this includes the auto off (a feature that allows the iron to power off after a few minutes of inactiveness) and the ability of the power cable to retract into a compartment. The ability of the power cable to retract is specific to some brands only.
In addition, it comes with already programmed temperature level or requirement for every type of fabric. For those brand with an LCD screen, all you have to do is select the option of the fabric you want to iron. Generally, they are more expensive than dry irons.
Also, this type of iron can either be used as a steam iron or as a dry iron. Once you do not fill the tank with water, you can easily use it as a dry iron.
This iron is totally different from the steam iron. It can be used for all types of fabrics but it requires a proper understanding of the temperature requirement of every fabric type. To achieve a smooth, neat and fine outcome, there is a need to wet the cloth with a bit of water. Without proper handling and a basic understanding of temperature requirement, you are more likely to damage your cloth from a possible burn. Irons under this category are affordable when compared to the ones under the steam category.
FAQ of Ironing
What are the things I need while ironing my cloth?
You need an ironing board, an iron that is free from stains and dirt, some water- you can use a spray bottle for this, and you can get some starch, the light type if you are an individual that uses starch. If you have a steam iron, you do not need a spray bottle filled with water. All you have to do is to fill up the water holding compartment that comes with your iron.
What if I don’t have an ironing board?
If you do not have an ironing board, you can use a table. Ensure the table is flat, durable and free from stains and dirt.
Dry or moist clothes?
It is better you iron your clothes when they are moist. Even if they are not originally moist, you can do that by spraying some water on your clothes before ironing (for the dry iron users) or make use of the steam function on your steam iron.
How do I get rid of stubborn wrinkles?
Steam irons are really good at that. All you just have to do is get the water tank filled up and make use of the steam function. And for the dry iron users, spray the affected areas with some water. In both cases (dry iron and steam iron), ensure you switch to the right temperature for every fabric. Ensure you make use of clean water at all time.
What is the best way to iron dark colored fabrics?
To get the best out of your dark colored fabrics, make sure you iron inside out at all time. This method ensures possible iron marks, which are always shiny, are being prevented from showing after ironing.
How do I take good care of my iron?
Make sure you keep your iron clean at all time. You can as well read through the user’s guide to find out how best to clean/take care of your iron.
It doesn’t matter if you love ironing or not, it is important you make every moment of this task filled with fun. Don’t think you can’t enjoy yourself while ironing. You can always listen to songs while ironing and you can also watch your favourite show on the television on one side. If you need to spray your clothes with water, you can as well ask someone to do that for you, especially kids.
Also, choose the perfect iron for you. Everyone has their reasons for going for either a dry or steam iron. On most cases, it’s about affordability. What an individual can spend on this appliance.
And if you are an individual that travels a lot, going for an iron with light weight can be the best bet for you. Being light-weighted has nothing to do with performance. The light weighted types are mostly steam irons.