Tips and Tricks for Ironing Clothes

Wearing clean and tidy clothes helps you feel great and builds your self-confidence. Ironing not only removes folds and shrinkage, but it also makes clothes look cleaner. Ironing is also a way of removing microorganisms and fungi in your clothes.

Proper laundering and ironing help to extend the life span of the fabric in your clothes, while keeping the colour and texture. Whilst ironing is definitely not a favourite chore for many, these days we all want our clothes to last longer – particularly when there are lots of children to buy for.  In this post, you’ll find some tips and tricks to make ironing your clothes easier. 

Correct Temperature For Each Type of Fabric

Before you start, it is important to inspect your clothes closely for any stains. Applying heat to stains would simply drive them into the fabric deeper, making it more difficult to wash them out later.

Set up your ironing board in a room with good light, as trying to iron in bad lighting can waste your efforts. Relatively small creases are often hard to spot, particularly on lighter fabrics. The processes are going to be easier and more efficient, and you will get a better outcome. It is easier to do your ironing in the room so you can use the bed to sort your laundry and have the nearest hangers in the wardrobe.

It is beneficial to arrange the clothing by temperature, from lowest to highest. Iron silk garments and synthetics on low to medium heat, moderate to high for wool, and approximately 400 ° F to 425 ° F for cotton and linens which is at high temperatures. 

Because the appropriate temperature is crucial, let the iron sit for a few minutes after the controls have been changed.

Products made of 100% cotton are often much easier to iron than other fabrics. Cotton creases can, however, be highly difficult to iron out. Another strategy is tackling them when they are still damp as the heat can generate steam, which makes creases fall out. 

Keep Your Iron Clean

Disaster can happen when we neglect to maintain our iron so it should be periodically cleaned. Bicarbonate soda, cotton buds and other household items can be used to clean your iron. To make a paste you can use for cleaning, mix some baking soda with a little water and rub the paste over the iron. To clean the soleplate, you can use a gentle brush to remove any dirt and gunk.  Wipe with some clean water and you might also need a moist cotton swab to clean up the steam holes. 

If your iron needs replacing, choose one with built-in safety features to avoid the risk of injury and burns. A cordless iron can be an invaluable investment and one that has an automatic shut-off feature can help too. This way it will not cause a fire if you inadvertently put the iron on.

You can also check the types of steam irons available online on review sites online where you will be able to compare factors such as cost and performance so that you choose the best iron for your needs. 

Time-saving Tips

When ironing larger items like a bed sheet or curtains, set two seats beside the ironing board and gently fold the part onto the chairs while you progress on it. You will also be able to iron large items covered with a towel on a tabletop, but make sure that table is not going to be damaged by steam or extreme heat.

Cutting down the ironing duration by placing a piece of aluminium foil underneath the ironing board cover is a smart idea. The aluminium reflects the heat, so you are technically ironing both sides simultaneously.

Keep freshly ironed parts away from you to help avoid creases and having to go over the same area again. To avoid puckering of collars, cuffs, and hems, iron them first on the opposite side. Iron double-thickness cloth first inward, then outward.

Place the iron just above the cloth as you push badly wrinkled corduroy, and steam the fabric thoroughly. When the corduroy is still damp, you can use your palm to smooth it easily. Renew the velvet or corduroy nap by placing it on one piece of the same cloth on the right side down.

You can easily make your own starch mist at home by gradually mixing 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 cups of water. Pour the mixture into a clean spray bottle once the starch is dissolved. When ironing, spray the fabrics lightly.

While ironing embroidery or eyelets, iron them face down on a thick towel to prevent flattening. You can also keep the pleats in place with paper clips but be careful with the clips not to snag the fabric when ironing.

The best ironing trick is in long and straight strokes. Try to prevent stroking too much of the iron around, as that can cause the garment to expand. It can also create new fabric wrinkles that will be hard to eliminate.

I hope that these tips have been helpful. Do you have any more to add?


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