Let’s be honest: ironing is a boring task, and not many people enjoy it. Still, it is important to iron clothes correctly so as not to damage them. Ironing clothes are not as simples as using any heat setting to remove wrinkles. There are a few handy tips and tricks you could use to ensure effective and easy ironing.
1. Iron Garments Inside Out
Whether you are using a an expensive or cheap steam iron, any iron can cause damage to your clothes if not handled correctly. Therefore, as much as possible, ensure you are ironing your clothes inside out, and this especially applies to delicate fabrics. By doing so, you would avoid the post-ironing shine and iron scorch marks which can damage the garment by giving it a cheap shiny look. Also, to avoid the same shine, always use a well-padded ironing board or use a press cloth especially when ironing woolen fabrics. By ironing delicate fabrics inside put, you would still be getting the same smooth, wrinkle-free effect, but without the risk of getting scorch marks on the clothes.
2. Ironing One Side Is Enough
How you dry and handle your clothes after that actually plays a role in determining how wrinkled your clothes get. This way you can avoid over-wrinkling them to make your work easier while ironing. With that in mind, you will often find that our everyday clothes hardly require much ironing. If your clothes look okay after ironing them on one side, then do not bother ironing the other side. This will not only save you time, but it will also preserve the appearance of your garments. Over ironing clothes will give them a tired look.
3. Iron In A Well Lit Room
The lighting conditions in which we iron will have an impact on how well we can see the wrinkles. If you iron in poor lighting, you will be disappointed to find that your clothes are still winkled once you put them on the following morning. This is especially the case when dealing with lighter items. As a precaution, therefore, set up your ironing board in the best lit room in your house. This way the ironing process will be faster, easier and much more efficient.
4. Iron Progressively From Cool To Hot
To avoid fumbling with the iron settings while changing from hot to cool and vice versa depending on the garment you are currently ironing, save some time and start with organizing all your clothes. By separating your items by the different types: delicate, medium and durable, you can then start by ironing the delicate fabrics on low heat. As you work your way up to the durable garments, you can then increase the heat setting gradually. Because the iron normally takes a while to cool down, this would be the most efficient ironing strategy to ensure you do not damage your delicate garments.
5. Double The Heat Using Aluminium Foil
Cover your ironing board with aluminum foil then cover it with the ironing board cover. Aluminum foil is a good conductor of heat and this way, the heat from the iron would then make the aluminum foil iron on the other side of the garment. You simply iron the topside of your garment and the aluminum foil will smooth the underside of the garment as you run over it. You thus end up saving time, energy and electricity in the process.