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Ironing hacks: how to iron a shirt in 7 easy steps!

Read about how to iron a shirt fast and accurately. Say goodbye to creases with our ironing hacks.


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Creased shirts can ruin your outfit, taking you from smart to scruffy in no time. The last thing you want is to leave a bad impression because you look untidy but as long as you know how to iron a shirt properly you needn’t worry. Here’s how easy ironing a shirt can be.

Make use of the narrow point at the end of your iron. Ironing a shirt involves lots of tricky places like cuffs, collars and pleats, and the pointy end is easier to use.

How to iron a shirt

Before doing anything it’s vital to check the shirt’s label for ironing instructions. You may want to learn how to iron a cotton shirt, or a silk shirt, or a synthetic one – whilst you can follow our tried and tested ironing method below, each material can only take so much heat. Make sure you check the instructions for your iron too and put it on the correct setting.

How to Clean an Iron

How to iron a shirt step by step

  1. Wash your shirt, making sure any stains are removed as ironing could set them in further. OMO Active Auto Liquids is great at removing stains and will leave your shirt clean and smelling fresh.

  2. Set up your ironing board. Make sure it’s set to a comfortable height for you.

  3. Turn your iron onto the correct setting. Following the care label instructions.

  4. Start off with the collar. Work from the centre outwards to stop creases.

  5. Move onto the sleeves. Ironing shirt sleeves are often considered tricky, but with a clear method, it really isn’t. Start off by pressing the cuffs flat to the ironing board. Next lay the sleeve across your board with the seam flat and smooth out with your hand. Start with the narrow point of your iron by the cuff and work backwards up the arm.

  6. ron the back of your shirt. The trickiest part of the back is the pleats, so iron around them carefully. Flatten out as much of the shirt as you can and iron each section as close to the pleats as possible.

  7. Flip the shirt over and work on the front. Gently iron the button row by pressing the narrow point in between each one. Then lay each half out in turn, and work from the outside to the middle – go carefully around any pockets.

And that’s it: our easy guide to ironing a shirt. Once you learn how to iron a shirt fast with our step by step instructions you can be sure of a crisp look. Follow our simple ironing hacks and wave goodbye to creases.

For more tips on caring and keeping your cherished pieces looking fresh for longer, explore our clothing care section.

Key steps

Remember how to iron a shirt step by step with this handy summary:

  1. Wash your shirt and make sure it’s thoroughly clean before ironing.

  2. Check the care label on your shirt for the optimum iron temperature.

  3. Set your iron temperature and place your board at a comfortable height.

  4. Iron the collar and cuffs first then the sleeves and shirt body (back and then front).

Frequently asked questions on ironing

How do I choose the right temperature setting for ironing my clothes?

The temperature setting on your iron should be based on the fabric type of your clothes. For example, delicate fabrics such as silk or chiffon require a low temperature setting, while cotton and linen can be ironed at a higher temperature. Always check the care label on your clothes for specific ironing instructions.

Can I iron clothes without using an ironing board?

Yes, you can iron clothes without using an ironing board. A flat, clean surface such as a table or countertop can be used as an alternative. Just make sure the surface is heat-resistant and not too delicate to avoid damage from the heat of the iron.

How do I prevent iron marks on my clothes while ironing?

To avoid iron marks on your clothes, it's important to always use the appropriate temperature setting for the fabric type and to avoid leaving the iron in one spot for too long. Additionally, it's recommended to iron clothes inside out to prevent any potential damage to the visible side of the fabric.

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