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Learn how to iron clothes the easy way

Read on to discover some top ironing clothes tips to help you learn how to iron clothes correctly.


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Written by Eunice Samson

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Key steps

  • Make sure your iron is clean.

  • Check the care label to ensure your clothing is iron safe.

  • Iron items which need the lowest setting first.

  • Always smooth out wrinkles so you don’t iron them in place.

  • Don’t forget to iron both sides.

Does it feel like you're wasting hours trying to iron your work shirts or linen dresses? Learn how to make the most of your time by learning how to iron clothes properly, using our easy step-by-step guide. Once you know how, the burden of ironing might well just turn into a heap of joy.

Always iron the clothing which requires the lowest heat setting first, and work your way up. It is easier to heat your iron up than to cool it down!

How to iron clothes: A simple guide

Understanding how to use steam iron is easy, as long as you know the right steps to take. So, here is our simple step-by-step guide for how to iron linen, clothes and more.

  1. Make sure your iron is clean. This is especially important if you plan to use the steam function, as you don’t want to leave marks or stains behind.

  2. Always check the care label. The first step in understanding how to iron linen, clothes and more is to make sure that the items can be ironed.

    • Check for the iron-safe symbol.

    • If you can’t see the symbol, check the material. Read the manual for your iron and check which setting is suitable. For example, a low setting is suitable for acetate or rayon; a medium setting is suitable for polyester; and a high setting is suitable for cotton.

  3. Get your area set up. The best place to iron is using an ironing board, as it is designed to absorb heat and moisture. Never iron on any surfaces which are flammable.

  4. Fill up your iron with water. This is needed for the steam function.

    • Usually your iron with have a water reservoir with an entry point near the top edge of the iron.

    • For the best results use filtered water. This will help you avoid calcium build up and clogged steam spouts.

  5. Heat up the iron by turning the dial to the setting required for the clothing you’re are planning to iron.

  6. Start with items which require a low heat setting, followed by medium and finally high.

  7. Use these ironing clothes tips to get your clothing ironed correctly.

    • Lay out your clothing so it is wrinkle-free, completely flat on the ironing board.

    • Run your iron firmly and slowly across the fabric, ensuring you smooth out any wrinkles, you don’t want to iron them in place!

    • Don’t forget each part of the items of clothing or linen will need individually ironing. For example, to iron a shirt:

      1. Smooth out the collar first.

      2. Iron the cuffs.

      3. Move on to ironing the sleeves.

      4. Step four is to iron the shoulders.

      5. Finally, iron across the front and back of the main body of the shirt.

    • Never allow your iron to rest in any one spot on the fabric you’re currently ironing. This could lead to burns or even cause a fire!

    • Make sure you do both, sides of the clothing!

8. Use a coat hanger to immediately hang up your clothing once it is ironed.

Is it better to iron clothes wet or dry?

When it comes to ironing clothes, it is generally better to iron them when they are slightly damp or dry. Ironing clothes while they are still slightly damp can make the process easier and more effective, as the moisture helps relax the fibers, making them easier to smooth out. However, ironing completely wet clothes can lead to stretching, misshaping, or even scorching the fabric. If the clothes are already dry, using a spray bottle to lightly mist them with water can achieve a similar effect. Always check the fabric care label and use the appropriate ironing temperature to prevent damage to your garments.

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Frequently asked questions on ironing clothes

Are there clothes that don't need ironing?

If you’re looking for clothes that don't need ironing, there are a number of fabrics you should keep an eye out for. These include wool, cashmere, cotton or synthetic knits, polyester, denim, and rayon.

Are there any energy saving tips for using a clothes iron?

There are a few energy saving tips for clothes iron use that we can share. First, try ironing while the fabric is damp as it will remove creases more quickly. Second, why not consider starting with clothing that needs ironing at a lower heat as this will take less time to heat up. Finally, we recommend turning the iron off before ironing the last few garments and using the residual heat.

How do you "iron" clothes without an iron to remove wrinkles?

We have 3 top tips for how iron clothes without iron. Firstly, try using beauty tools such as straighteners or a blow dryer. Secondly, try using steam from the steam created by a hot shower or a steamer. Third, and finally, try using a wrinkle release spray.

How do you clean iron burn marks from clothes?

There are some simple steps for how to clean iron burn from clothes. Ensure you act as quickly as possible, removing the iron and rinsing the garment in warm water. Pre-treat the stained area with neat liquid detergent, before washing as normal in the washing machine. If you wish to boost the stain removing process, hang your clothing out to dry in the sun. The UV will act as an additional stain remover.

How do you "cool iron" clothes?

Looking for an explanation for how to cool iron clothes? We’ve got you covered. Turn your iron to the cool or ‘wool’ setting. While your iron is heating up, turn your clothing inside out and place it on a flat surface. Once your iron is ready, simply iron the wrinkles away or, for more delicate fabrics, iron the item through a slightly damp cloth such as a tea towel. Keep the iron moving and don’t stay in one spot for too long as this could damage your clothing, even on the cool setting!

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