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Wrinkles got you down?  In a rush and don’t have time to take those clothes to the dry cleaners to get them pressed?  Try ironing them yourself.  It’s easy if you follow a few basic tips.  Below I’ve listed a few top tips that will have you wrinkle free and on your way!

  1. Fabric care is different for each type of fabric.  Make sure to check the care label before ironing anything.
  2. Iron lengthwise.  If you iron in a circular motion, you could stretch the fabric.
  3. Cotton and linen fabrics should be ironed while slightly damp.  If they are dry, use a spray bottle filled with water to moisten the item as you iron.
  4. Iron items that need lower temperatures first, working your way to the items that need higher heat.
  5. To avoid “shine” marks, iron the clothing on the wrong side, or use a pressing cloth between the iron and the garment.
  6. Iron a small section at a time, and move the fabric away from you as you iron.
  7. Thicker material needs to be ironed on both sides.  Start with the inside, and then iron the outside.
  8. Place a piece of aluminum foil between the ironing board cover and the board.  This will reflect heat and cut down of having to iron two sides separately.
  9. Do not iron velvet or corduroy.  Instead you can steam them by holding the iron about ½” away from the wrong side of the fabric and release steam across the garment as you go.
  10. When ironing napkins, iron flat, without the creases.
  11. Round tablecloths should be ironed from the center outward.
  12. After ironing dress shirts hang immediately and button the top collar button and the center 3 buttons.  This will help the shirt hang properly.
  13. Ironing pleats is tricky.  Fold them down first, and secure with paper clips, being careful to not snag the fabric with the clips.  Start ironing the pleats at the top and work your way down.


Written by koalatycleaners

November 9, 2010 at 10:38 am

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