How to Iron a Dress Shirt. Face it…you can’t always ask your mom…. Get an Iron and Ironing Board. Fill an iron with distilled water (sold in bottles at the grocery store), especially if you plan on using the.
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Face it…you can’t always ask your mom…
Fill an iron with distilled water (sold in bottles at the grocery store), especially if you plan on using the
steam setting (almost always recommended, especially for novices, as you are less likely to burn fabrics with the addition of mist and steam).
Set the iron to the temperature recommended on the care tag. 100% cotton and linen will need a high setting; cotton blends call for medium heat; and polyester, rayon, nylon, silk, acetate and acrylic, will all need a low heat setting. If you are unsure about the setting, be safe and use a cool iron.
Use a spray bottle filled with water to dampen cotton shirts (and only cotton shirts).
Iron the backside of the collar first, then the topside.
Unbutton the cuffs and iron the inside, then the outside.
Iron sleeves by sliding the sleeve over the point of the ironing board. Only the top of the sleeve will fit. Rotate the sleeve around until all sides have been pressed.
Lay one side of the shirt’s front on the ironing board, gently stretching the cloth flat against the board. Move the iron smoothly, at a medium speed, over the cloth. Never let the iron stop moving--it will leave a burn mark.