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How to use a steam iron to iron clothes

Want to know how to iron clothes like a pro? Read on for these simple tips for getting your shirt crisp and crease-free.

Ironing a shirt – or any clothes – can be a tricky skill to master … even if you have a powerful steam iron to help you. Any tool is only as good as the person using it, so these tips on how to use a steam iron to iron clothes are essential if you want to get it right. Whether you need to know how to iron pants or shirts, we can help.

What you need

  • A good quality steam iron
  • Water spray
  • Ironing board with mesh and cover

How to use steam iron settings: follow the label

Check the label of your shirt to determine what setting to turn the dial to. Get this wrong and you may end up irreparably damaging the fabric of your clothes. Fill the iron with water and wait for it to heat up to the desired temperature before using it. You won’t get very far with a cold iron.

Work methodically

Depending on the item you are ironing, you may want to iron certain parts first to avoid undoing any of your hard work. Shirts are notoriously difficult to iron, so here’s the best order to follow when approaching them:

  • Unbutton and unfold a sleeve cuff and lay it out flat on the ironing board, making sure you can iron the whole cuff lengthwise from your steam iron.
  • Once both cuffs are done, lay the sleeves out on one side. Before you press down on the sleeve with your iron, make sure that it’s completely smooth.
  • Unbutton the collar and lay it out flat. Soften the fibres in the collar using your water spray before pressing down on the inside of collar with a couple of long strokes.
  • Fold the collar back and very gently press the centre of the collar with the iron to fix it into place. You don’t want to iron the full collar while folded or it will lose its shape.
  • Hang the yoke (the back and shoulder part of the shirt) off the ironing board and go over the area with your iron. Do both sides.
  • Fit the back of the shirt on the ironing board and use sweeping motions to get rid of creases. Press down hard on the iron as you do this.
  • Now all that’s left is the front of the shirt. After removing creases on the front of the shirt, iron between the buttons. Never iron over the buttons as this can damage the buttons, stain the fabric and burn you if they made from metal.
  • Now all you have to do is hang up your shirt until you’re ready wear it!

So, the next time you’re not sure how to iron clothes just remember to follow these tips. We recommend washing your clothes with a quality detergent like OMO too as this can make it easier for you to iron clothes and remove creases.

Key points:

  • Check garment label for ironing instructions
  • Prepare the iron and dampen your clothing by spraying lightly with water
  • Start with the cuffs and collar when ironing a shirt

We recommend


Press down the heel of the iron instead of the tip to avoid tiny creases appearing at the edges of your cuffs and collars.