Ironing is often not a favorite of many people. Therefore, we often iron only what we need. Ironing can be much faster and easier with the proper techniques and handy tips. Plus, you can make your favorite clothes last longer with the proper ironing technique!
In this article, we will show you how to keep your clothes from getting wrinkled quickly and ironing tips for different materials. We will also share tips on keeping your clothes wrinkle-free when traveling.
You can determine if laundry or garment is suitable for ironing by carefully looking at the care label or laundry mark. If the ironing mark is crossed out, the garment cannot be ironed. However, if it is not crossed out, it can be ironed at home without any problem.
1) Keep Laundry Slightly Damp
Correct ironing of all clothing, bed linens and towels begins with determining how dry the laundry is. The drier the laundry, the more difficult it is to iron correctly. Ironing is most effortless when the laundry is still slightly damp. If it is very dry, simply spray it with a small amount of water or dampen it with a wet cloth.
2) Pay Attention to the Proper Temperature
Before setting the proper temperature on your iron, read the care label first. This is because the label will tell you whether a particular type of fabric can be ironed and at what temperature. A dot in the ironing mark indicates that the material can only be ironed at low temperatures. If two dots appear in the ironing mark, you have selected a medium temperature. If three dots appear on the iron mark, you can iron your laundry at the maximum temperature.
In general, synthetic fabrics such as nylon and viscose, and delicate materials such as silk and wool, should be ironed at a lower temperature. Cotton and linen are rather heat-resistant materials. Therefore, they are resistant to high temperatures when ironing.
3) Delicate, Dark-Colored Linens Should Be Ironed Inside Out
Some dark-colored fabrics become shiny quickly when ironed, so it is best to turn them inside out before ironing. Garments with fragile prints, sequins, or other prints can only be ironed inside out. There is a simple reason for this. In most cases, prints and printed materials are much more heat-sensitive than fabrics. Ironing at room temperature can cause prints and imprints to stick to the iron.
Towels & Bed Linens
Towels and bed linens can be ironed quickly because of their large surface area, but the situation is different for some garments such as shirts, blouses, and T-shirts. Proper ironing is more important. With these practical tips, you can iron your work clothes quickly and easily.
Proper ironing begins with drying the garment. It is best to hang t-shirts, shirts, and jumpers on hangers when drying clothes. Before hanging, shake the garment well. Doing so will smooth out the initial fibers and reduce ironing time. If using a clothesline to hang clothes, it is best to hang them at the hem. The pressure points on clothes are easier to smooth from the hem than from the shoulders of the garment.
Iron Cleaning and Descaling
Caring for your iron is very important for a perfect finish. Therefore, irons should be cleaned and descaled regularly. Burn marks on the iron can be removed with oven cleaner (note: not for aluminum bottoms). To clean the bottom of the iron, there is a simple home remedy: lemon juice. Simply apply lemon juice to the iron stain with a soft cotton cloth and let it soak for a while. The stain will dissolve on its own. Finally, clean the bottom of the iron and allow it to dry.
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