Household chores can be completely tedious. Some people dread the thought of spring cleaning, doing the dishes or even just dusting and mopping, but one task has some of us constantly frustrated -- ironing clothes.
Ironing your clothes can be the difference between a stunning outfit and a hot mess, but many people don't know how to approach this chore to do it effectively. Though it can be daunting, you don't have to become overwhelmed when squaring off with a pile of wrinkly clothes. Here's some tips on how to efficiently iron your clothing:
Before you begin ironing, you need to get set up. Ideally, you need an ironing board as your surface because it absorbs the heat from the iron. You also need to fill the iron with water, as this will allow you to steam your clothing. After you fill the iron, turn it on and allow it to heat. Different types of fabrics require different heat settings, so it's important you set it to the right temperature to avoid burning your clothing. Fabrics such as silk and polyester should be ironed on the lowest setting your iron has. Wool and rayon should be ironed at the medium setting, while cotton and linen can be set to the highest heat.
Ironing shirts, whether a simple cotton T-shirt or a nice button-down for work, is simple once you know the right technique for removing wrinkles.
Pants are a bit more tricky than shirts, but once you master the strategy it will become second nature.
Ironing these two garments follow the same technique:
Though ironing ties should be avoided because they are so delicate, sometimes that isn't possible.