How to Iron Clothes- the Proper Way

Have you ever been frustrated while ironing your clothes? Does it always seem like no matter what you do there’s always a few wrinkles that refuse to go away? It could be because you’re just not going about it properly.  Well not to worry because we’ve got you covered. We are here to give you a step by step guide on how to iron your clothes like a pro:

Before we come to our tips, you might be interested to know that you can find your perfect ironing helper over at Helpling!  Our hundreds of cleaners can also take care of your ironing!

1. Set up your ironing station in advance.

Being organized is the key to making this experience as stress-free as possible.  Start with setting up your ironing board. The base of the iron gets extremely hot when you iron so be sure that your board is stable before you start. It can be easy to accidentally knock the board over which is why making sure your ironing surface is stable might be the most important step in this whole process.

Also, make it a point to keep your clothes ready beforehand so you don’t have to look for them while your hot iron sits idly on the board.

2. Start at the lowest temperature then work your way up.

So you’re done with the prep work and you’re ready to begin. All that’s left to do is set a temperature and start ironing, but wait! Before you start there are a few things you need to know.

Different fabrics have different temperatures they might burn or singe at. To avoid using the wrong temperature and damaging your clothes make sure you check what fabric your clothes are.  The tags on your clothes usually have a symbol to tell you what temperature you should use but we’ve included a quick summary of a few of the most common fabrics.

Low Temperatures: Silk, Nylon, Acetate, Acrylic.

Medium Temperatures: Polyester, Wool, Rayon.

High Temperatures: Cotton, Denim, Linen.

Line up your clothes according to their fabric and start at the lowest temperature, gradually moving up to the highest temperature.

3. Iron clothes with buttons, dark colors, or heavy designs inside out.

One of the struggles with ironing is that it is hard to navigate around all the detailing on your clothes. But you can easily work around this issue by ironing your clothes inside out. This way the embellishments don’t get in your way. As a bonus, this will also allow you to iron your dark clothes without getting that sheen on it.

4. If you have stubborn wrinkles use a spray of water.

A little spritz of water will help get rid of all of those troublesome wrinkles. What this does is it dampens the fabric which makes it easier to iron out the wrinkles. Just keep a spray bottle full of water at your side and this whole task will become a lot easier.

5. Make sure to store the ironed clothes properly.

Once you’re done ironing, you don’t want to ruin all the hard work by haphazardly putting your clothes away. Instead, make it a point to put your clothes on a hanger or neatly fold them before you store them.

We hope that this guide gave you everything you need to know to get started. Ironing is one of those things that you need a bit of experience to get used to, but once you learn it you gain a valuable skill for the rest of your life.  And remember, if you’d prefer someone to do the ironing for you, then visit Helpling.

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Libby Austin

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