April 30th, 2015
This article on how to iron laundry is broken down into 2 parts:
Always check the clothing care labels on your garments when you iron laundry. Using a setting that’s too high won’t just ruin your clothes, the garment may stick to the sole plate of your iron and ruin that too.
When you iron with starch, make sure you iron quickly. Otherwise, the starch may stick to the sole plate of the iron and burn. When using spray starch, spray the entire garment, then roll it up and allow it to sit for one minute to let the starch penetrate the fabric. This will prevent starch from building on the sole plate of your iron.
Always press with the grain of the fabric to prevent it from stretching.
Iron laundry on the wrong side, or use a pressing cloth on the right side to avoid shine marks.
The ironing board should be at hip level to prevent back strain. Choose an ironing board with adjustable height options so you won’t have to bend over.
Keep the iron moving to prevent scorching or overheating. Pressing too hard can damage a fabric’s finish. However, pressing the iron’s tip into the middle of a seam helps to open and flatten it out.
The surface of many dark-colored garments can take on a shine after being ironed, particularly on seams or hems. To check how the garment will react, turn it inside out and press one of these thicker areas where it’s not likely to be seen. If the iron feels like it is sticking to the fabric, or a shine is apparent, be careful in proceeding. You may have to use a very low heat setting and a very light touch to remove wrinkles. Also try pressing the garment from the inside to avoid leaving marks on the fabric.
Wools, tweeds, and corduroys, on the other hand, take nicely to a dampened pressing cloth, which adds moisture and protects the fabric finish
Wash bright colors and lightly soiled fabrics in cold water to minimize washer wrinkling. Don’t overload the dryer, as it prevents clothes from tumbling properly and causes more wrinkles. Don’t overdry clothes, as excessive heat can set wrinkles.
After ironing, let garments hang until they are cool and dry before wearing. This sets the press, keeping clothing smooth and crisp much longer.
Iron silk inside-out on a low heat setting.
Ironing wool, mohair, cashmere, camel, alpaca.
Use steam and a medium heat setting.
Iron inside-out on low heat.
Iron on a low or medium heat setting.
Iron on a low heat setting.
One of the most important considerations is what type of clothes iron to use. When looking for the best clothes iron, the most important thing is to consider your ironing needs. This page contains a great deal of information on clothes iron features, which should help you determine what is available and what you need. Most clothes iron manufacturers use different terminology for the same features, so this article should also help you better understand what their names mean.