You’re probably thinking “How hard can ironing be? Open the ironing board, switch on the iron, press and repeat… right?” Well, we are going to let you in on a secret… ironing is actually quite difficult. It can get hot, tedious, frustrating, repetitive and technical. It requires lots of skill to do it right and do it well and it’s the last thing that most people want to do in their free time.
In fact, the majority of people have at least one ironing horror story. You know, the one about that time they ruined a their favourite shirt, their sister’s dress, their grandma’s hand-knitted blanket. And over the years the team at The Social Iron has heard about all kinds of DIY disasters. Burns, stains, warping, melting, creasing… enough is enough! We can’t stand by and let this happen any longer.
Today, we are spilling vital industry secrets gathered by our team of professionals over their years of experience. Here’s our top ironing tips on how to iron your clothes at home:
1. First, get that ironing board straight.
Before getting started, make sure that your ironing board surface is flat, even and tightly wrapped with a good-quality cover. Ironing over the slightest bump or dent in your board can cause deep creases to develop in your clothing!
2. Start with a clean base plate
The most common mistake is not checking the sole plate for stains before going to town with the iron. The result? Big, awful stains across your favourite tops. Always test-run your iron on a rag! If the plate is dirty, you’ll see the remnants on the rag right away. To remove the dirt, apply baking soda and water directly to the plate and wipe off the paste using a damp cloth.
3. Inspect the fabric and scrub out stains.
Closely inspect your clothes for any stains before you begin. Applying heat to stains will only push them further into the fabric, making it harder to wash them out later. And don’t forget to lint-roll your clothes to ensure that any loose dust or dirt is removed from the surface.
4. Check the (correct) heat for your garments
Different fabrics require different temperature settings. We’ve seen so many beautiful silk blouses ruined by smoking hot irons! First, separate your clothes into low temperature items like delicates and synthetics (think silk, lace, polyester and nylon), and high temperature items made of cotton. Then, set your iron to the lowest temperature. Start ironing the low temperature items first before increasing the temperature for your cottons. Take extra care with synthetics, since high heat can melt the plastics and cause a shiny surface. Pro tip: for even more protection, lay a pressing cloth over your low-temperature items. Too confusing? Save the hassle and use an iron equipped with auto temperature detection.
5. Spray starch on stubborn creases.
Banish deep wrinkles by spraying starch on problem areas before ironing over them.
6. Turn out your pockets.
Simple, but often forgotten! Avoid pressing a pocket outline into your clothing by turning your pockets inside out before ironing over the area.
7. Navigate tricky cuffs, collars and hems by
ironing the reverse side first.
Here’s the tricky part. To avoid puckering in collars, cuffs and hems, turn them inside out and iron on the reverse side first. Want your collar to stand? Apply a little starch, cover the collar with a pressing cloth and apply medium pressure with the iron across the area. When you are done, maintain the collar shape by buttoning the top button on the shirt before hanging.
8. Iron down the middle seam to give formal pants that professional look.
Ironing formal pants? Here’s the pro secret to getting that professional-looking middle line down the leg! Press the leg of the pants down sideways, so that both side seams touch. Place the leg flat on the board and iron flat, taking care to lessen the pressure over the seams. And there you have it – a straight line down the leg!
9. Hang-dry your clothes and let gravity take some of the load.
Hang your wet laundry to dry, and gravity will help by pulling down the most creases. Using a dryer? Set the cycle so that your clothes remain slightly damp, and iron immediately before they get a chance to dry. If your clothes dry out with deep creases, then don’t worry! Just spray some water across the creases to dampen them and put them back in the dryer for 5 minutes. The moisture will loosen the folds, making it easier to iron them out!
10. Drain leftover water to avoid calc build-up..
Leaving water inside of your iron can cause calc or scale to build up inside of the cavity, causing stains on your clothes. Always remove the water from your iron before storing it away! Noticed a build-up inside? Most modern irons come with a calc clean function. Place your iron on top of a container or over the sink and press and hold the calc clean button for 2 seconds. Descaling will take around 30 seconds.
So there you have it, our top ironing tips to give your clothes that professional finish! Still not ready to take on the challenge? We’ve got your back! Check out our ironing subscription packages and leave the grunt work to us. Our friendly drivers will collect any number of pieces right from your doorstep and shuttle them straight to our highly trained ironing professionals. We’ll deliver your freshly pressed garments back to your door within 2 days, no fuss no muss! Get started today at www.thesocialiron.com.