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How to iron clothes


Gentleman ironing a deep blue shirt with steam emerging from iron

For many, ironing is a tedious and time-consuming task. But wrinkle-free clothing without much effort is possible. With our tricks and tips on how to iron clothes, you can make easy work out of this mundane task. Your shirts, blouses, and trousers will be smooth in no time!

Proper way to iron: With these tips, everything will go smoothly

Do you sometimes have the feeling that your clothes have more creases after ironing than before? Then it’s time for a guide on how to iron clothes properly. The best way for beginners to practice ironing is with a smooth, square piece of fabric as this will give you a feel for how to use the iron. It is important that you apply a little pressure when ironing over the perfectly smooth material, because creases that are ironed in are difficult to remove later.

How to iron perfectly

The tip of the iron is for small areas and corners, for large and smooth areas you use the entire plate of the iron. With steam irons, hot steam comes out of the openings on the underside, which softens and shapes the fabric, making ironing easier. You can also manually add more steam via a button on the front. As well as using the correct pressure when ironing and spreading the garment out smoothly, it’s a good idea to check the care label before you start ironing. It will tell you if the garment can be ironed and at what temperature. The amount of steam also varies depending on the material.

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Ways to iron clothes: What to iron first

The order in which you proceed actually affects the result when ironing. You generally start with the small and difficult areas first, such as collars, cuffs, and sleeves. Shirts are one of the most demanding items. Here’s how you should proceed!

  • Collar and shoulder area: Fold out the collar and iron the inside first, then the outside with the tip of the iron. Then pull the shoulder section over the end of the ironing board and iron the entire fabric.

  • Proper way to iron cuffs and sleeves: Iron the visible (button) side first and then move on to the inside. The sleeves are best spread out on the board and smoothed out so that the seam serves as the bottom edge when ironing. Always iron around buttons.

  • Front and back: Lay the garment lengthwise across the ironing board so that the collar is on the narrow side. Start at the buttonhole placket and then gradually move the garment further and further so that you can iron the entire fabric on the board easily.

  • Iron appliqués such as embroidery or prints inside out.

We also have a specific article on how to wash jeans as well as some in depth advice and tips on how to prewash clothes, and how to remove sweat stains before you iron your clothes.

How to iron clothes faster

Even after knowing the proper way to iron and some practice, the result will depend on the material and how wrinkled your garment is. Here are some tips that will make ironing a bit quicker:

  • Don't leave clothes in the washing machine: If you hang up your clothes immediately after washing, you might not even have to iron them at all. It's best to hang shirts or blouses on a hanger and smooth them out.

  • Damp textiles are easier to iron than completely dry ones: So, either iron them directly after washing in a slightly damp state or spray them with warm water before ironing.

  • You could also use Dylon Spray Starch which helps fabrics such as shirts and table linens look pristine. Its silicone content helps your iron glide over tough creases for a smooth, wrinkle free finish. Simply spray onto fabric & iron.

  • Fabric softener makes ironing easier: If you use fabric softener during the washing process, it makes clothes smoother. This means that creases have less of a chance.

How to iron clothes when you are in a hurry

Are you short on time and need some alternatives to ironing? Our tip: You can also iron or smooth out your laundry with a hairdryer. Put on the creased garment, dampen it (e.g., with a spray bottle or a cloth) and then dry it with the hairdryer. Choose a low heat setting and make sure there is enough distance between you and the fabric. This may not be a proper way to iron, but if you are in a hurry you can put on the slightly damp clothes immediately: the body heat will do the rest. Finally, smooth them down briefly and you're ready to go!