How to Iron Your Shirts
The art of ruining a first impression is one that many of us have unknowingly mastered. Whether it's from unkempt hair, coffee breath, a limp handshake, there are hundreds of things that could leave a bad first impression. One of the immediate things that people will see and look down on is having wrinkled shirts. In the pursuit of looking your best just buying the clothes isn't enough anymore. If you don't take care of your clothes they will start to lose the high-quality appearance and you might as well just go out in sweatpants. Ironing clothes, and ironing them well, is hard, even though mom was somehow an expert. This How-To will make sure that you're looking your best without spending 2 hours trying to figure it out every time.
Getting an Iron
Finding the right iron for your needs might be a little more difficult than one would initially imagine. A good starting place is knowing that steam irons are typically the most popular. They apply steam when ironing, it helps to relax the fibers and makes it easier for the iron to remove any creases. The next part to look at is the soleplate of the iron. Unfortunately for us, there are five different kinds of soleplates. The five options are aluminum, non-stick, palladium, and stainless steel, and ceramic. The most popular of these options are the ceramic which seem to be most long wearing.
While you absolutely don't need to go break the bank to get the most expensive iron it is advisable to go for a middle-cost iron. At a certain price the irons stop getting better and its the name brand/ aesthetic that you're paying for. It is also good to go in-store and look at irons so that you can test the weight and size of them so that it isn't a burden use the machine.
Using the Iron
Your iron will have a lot of different settings for the various fabrics. Unfortunately, it's pretty likely most shirts will need slightly different care. The first thing you need to do is check the care label on your shirt for instructions. You’ll be able to see the material your shirt is made of by looking at the label and from there plan the order you want to iron in. This way – you can gradually dial up the settings in the order of what materials require more heat, without having to wait for the iron to cool down in between.
How to Actually Iron
Once you know the setting you're going to use you'll want to make sure the piece of clothing is moist. You don't want to article to be sopping wet nor dry, just evenly moist. You will always want to start by ironing the collar, it's most visible and frames the face. Flip the collar up and start on the inside, if the collar isn't wet enough there may still be wrinkles and you can iron them to the crease where they will be least visible. From there just flip the collar over and iron the outside.
After the collar, you'll want to iron the cuffs. To iron the cuffs all you need to do is unbutton everything and lay the cuff flat on the ironing board and iron around the buttons. As with the collar, you want to start on the side and then move to the outside.
Now that you've done the small details it's time to tackle the body of the shirt. You'll start with the front of the shirt with the first you iron being around the buttons. You want to make sure you iron around the buttons carefully and never iron over the buttons. Once you've worked your way down and around all the buttons you want to move up to the top of the shoulder. From the shoulder, you want to work your way down the front paying extra attention to the chest area since it receives some of the most attention. Once you go down and are happy with how it looks, continue onto the back working your way from top to bottom.
The final step is to iron the sleeves. The sleeves can be the trickiest part because you are essentially ironing two pieces of fabric at once. The key to successfully ironing your sleeves is to make sure both sides are as flat as possible before the iron even touches them. Lay the sleeve down lengthwise down the board and line up the crease with the seam of the shirt or the crease from the last time it was ironed (if possible). Once one side is done flip it over (making sure the crease still lines up) and iron the back, and then the other sleeve.
At the end of the day, practice makes perfect. If you want to get good and efficient at ironing your own shirts don't get discouraged when it doesn't turn out great the first few times, it's a learning process. Here at Different Regard, we equip you with everything you need and then it's on you to get out there and conquer the world.