Despite the increasing trend in clothing that doesn’t require ironing, a few of us still own clothes that need a de-wrinkle now and again. Some of us may want to iron, but the thought of ruining our clothes may just be what is putting us off!
If that’s you, here are some top tips for ironing your clothes safely - and in as little time as possible!
Don’t faff around with folding and unfolding, iron in your bedroom, or where you’ll be hanging up your clothes. Not only does this save time, but it reduces the risk of post-iron creasing. Don’t let your precious ironing time go to waste!
You’ll want to ensure that your board is laid flat and even. Attempting to iron your board on a slanted or tilted board could have some dangerous consequences.
Additionally, the cover should be pulled tight. Even the smallest of folds or bumps on your board can lead to creased clothes.
All fabrics require different treatments. For delicate fabrics, for example, silk, lace, and nylon, a very low temperature should be used to prevent burning. For further protection, you can place a pressing cloth between the garment and the iron. However other fabrics, such as cotton, can tolerate higher temperatures.
Modern-day irons often have auto settings for temperature, so if you’re unsure - play it safe!
Organize your laundry before starting to iron into delicate, medium, and durable items.
You’ll want to start with the delicates at lower temperatures, making your way to the most durable items that can handle the heat. Not waiting for the iron to cool down will save you buckets of time.
Utilize your board wisely! Long items can be placed along the long stretch of the board, and the thinner end of the board can be particularly useful for removing creases close to the armholes.
White vinegar is the gift that keeps on giving when it comes to laundry. Did you know that it can be used to remove any accidental scorch marks you might find on your clothes? Dab a clean cloth into white vinegar and wipe the stain. Wipe with a cold, damp cloth to finish.
White vinegar = essential laundry item!
This little trick will help to keep your fabrics looking greater for longer. Ever noticed a slight sheen on your darker garments after ironing? This is caused by the heat of the iron. This is a simple remedy to ensuring the appearance of your clothes doesn’t deteriorate with each iron!
This is an absolute cracker of a tip! A big reason most of us don’t want to iron is due to the extra time it adds to our already-endless chore list. This tip will cut your ironing time in half.
As aluminum foil is a heat conductor, simply lining your board with it means that both sides of your laundry can be ironed at the same time!
… You’re welcome.
Ironing dirty clothes can have disastrous results. If your clothing is dirty and you choose to iron it without washing first, the iron can cause the dirt to become a permanent stain. It’s not worth it, iron only clean clothes!
Finally, let's look at a tip for a specific item of clothing, items made from 100% cotton.
As we mentioned, cotton can handle high ironing temperatures, but the creases are still not easy to remove. One simple remedy is to iron while still damp, which will create steam that helps the creases to fall out more easily. Alternatively, use the steam function on your iron.
Either way, it will help you tackle those creases!
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