Let’s put this straight: ironing shirts is easy. Very, very easy. Fold it at the seam, invest in the right iron, identify the fabric for an appropriate heat setting and simply glide through the shirt. With an iron, of course. But that’s just the drill. What about times when the creases go overboard? Almost turning your button down into crumpled gift wrapping paper. In such instances, you rather follow instructions we’re listing down here and always end up with shirts that are wrinkle-free.
Step 1: Spot the right iron.
There’s a lot that goes into choosing the perfect iron—it’s weight, the sole plate (AKA the iron’s down below) and how often you’d be using it. Steam irons are the most popular options, and cheaper too. They moisten/relax the fabric first and then with the application of heat, remove all the wrinkles. To choose the best one for yourself, here are two factors to keep in mind:
Sole Plate: From aluminum, non-stick, palladium, titanium-plated, stainless steel to cast iron—options for the iron face are in plenty. Go for #2, #3 or #5 if you’re eyeing a smooth steaming experience. If you need a more heavy duty iron, pick ceramic sole plates over the rest. Besides that, check for how comfortable the iron is (while you’re using it) and whether or not, it features the most important controls you need. Talking of important controls, here’s what we mean…
Heat/Steam Settings: Most steam irons available in India range from 1200 W to 1800 W. But we’re not saying that the power consumption is directly proportional to the heat/steam produce of your iron. The size of the sole plate is crucial too! But having said that, more the power consumption, more the heat/steam. So all in all, depending upon how much time you’re ready to invest, the quantity of clothes you iron on most days of the week, make a wise decision with your buy. Plus, look for options with different fabric types.
And now…time to iron.
Step 2: Read the label and choose the setting.
Know the fabric you’re ironing today. Don’t end up with a harsh heat setting and burn your shirt like an effigy. Most button downs/casual shirts are made of cotton or cotton blends and can withstand a high heat setting. Synthetic fabrics on the other hand, can’t. Here’s some extra help with how to iron some commonly used fabrics:
Pure Cotton: Spray some water, make the shirt a little damp and iron it inside out first. Go lengthwise, not in circular motions. Plus, always iron both sides of the shirt (not just the inside or the outside).
Cotton Blends: For starters, pick a low heat setting. Follow the same drill—iron inside out and then the other side. And if need be, instead of ironing right on the fabric, use a thin cloth between the shirt and your sole plate.
Polyester: This fabric’s not very heat-friendly. Or if we may, hardly tolerant to it. Use a handkerchief/a thin cloth for sure here. You don’t want scorch marks ruining yours truly.
Linen: In a country like India, linen and it’s blends are used in plenty. Most of us own a linen shirt in our closets. But take extra care while ironing them! First off, spray some water on the opposite side of the area you’re ironing on and then, vice versa. What we mean: wet the ‘inside’ if you’re ironing the ‘outside’. Plus, if the fabric starts to shine while you iron, you’re doing something wrong.
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Step 3: Go part by part, don’t rush into it like a relationship.
We’ll tell you the truth—a well-ironed shirt was always ironed in parts. Not rushed into at the eleventh hour. If you’re getting late, rather hop on a hoodie and head to work. You rather be casually dressed (cite some excuse, man) than appear like a indisciplined dog with a wrinkled dress shirt.
Collar: With a doubt, your collar is the foundation of your shirt. It’ll decide whether your necktie looks good or not. Open it flat out and iron from both the sides. Start with the underside. Iron inwards, instead of ironing outwards to achieve a crisp AF collar. Unless, of course it’s a casual shirt—where the collars needn’t look like freshly baked wafers.
Cuffs: Your cuffs come second. They almost bear the same foundation as the collar, after all. Iron the inside first and then the outside. Flatten them out for easy accessibility. Plus, don’t iron over the buttons, just slither around them. And in the case of a french cuff, don’t apply too much pressure, you might shorten it’s life span.
Yoke: In case you’re not aware, the yoke is the top area of the shoulder and back section of your shirt. Start with ironing either the inside or outside of the shirt, moving all the way into the centre and then flipping the shirt, and repeating the drill. Simple.
Back: Do the absolute same, iron the inside and then the outside. But this time, damp the fabric up a little (using a spray). Or best, blast some steam!
Front: You’ve always ironed your shirt from the front side first, right? Well, at least you know you’ve been doing it all wrong. Start with the areas around your buttons and pockets first and keep pulling the fabric from one hand for easy access (whenever required). Once done, iron the rest of the frontal ground.
Sleeves: Fold the sleeves right at the seam, hold them tight and iron both sides. Easy.
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