Ironing clothes is something that most people dread. It is a dry chore for some who are laundry fans. But if not for ironing well, clothes will all look wrinkled and people will not look fit enough for their business appointments or special occasions. Lessons in ironing cease to work without actual practice, so get yourself ready in your most comfortable work attire and follow these steps in ironing clothes:
- Iron. Master your iron first. This is the rule of thumb when you are about to iron your clothes for the first time. A swordsman has his sword and the soldier has his bayonet or gun. You have your iron. Get the automatic variety since they cost reasonably and are easier to use for beginners. You might want to have a steamer option to make ironing much easier for stubborn wrinkles, but save that for later when you are used to the basic functions of your iron.
- Work Area. Set your work area in order as well. Aside from your iron, you will need an ironing board, ample space for movement and a corner where you can pile the clothes that need to be ironed. It is preferable if it is near the place where you will store the clothes after you are done ironing your clothes.
- Position. Keep the ironing board at waist length and it will already do wonders for helping you maintain good posture and avoid back ache. The position of your ironing stance is also important. Keep your legs apart to maintain balance and just steer clear of the wire that plugs your iron. This will avoid tripping and other unnecessary accidents.
- Fabric. Know the fabric knobs and appropriate setting for ironing certain types of clothes. Some fabrics are more delicate and dangerous to iron so you must make sure that the clothes you are ironing are well matched to the iron setting you have placed earlier before ironing.
- Full Coverage. In any type of clothing, the goal is to cover all the regions. Make it part by part so that you will not experience ironing difficulty. For blouses and other clothes with buttons, be careful and put a towel to keep you from damaging the buttons. Cuffs are to be dealt with in the same way. Collars are naturally harder than the entire fabric so make sure you take your time evening out kinks there. Infuse steam for the most wrinkled areas.
- Extra Tools. Starch, steam and towels are just some of the extra tools you may find useful.
Iron clothes well by setting a time and place for it where you will continuously master your ironing craft. It is an art and a skill that you can learn to do so well over time. Most people find it comfortable to have a towel and glass of water handy to wipe off their sweat and drink while ironing, and this is something you can try too. But just make sure you do not get your tired hands too wet immediately after an ironing session. Iron gradually by setting a small load initially and work your way to bigger ironing projects later on.