Tips for Ironing your Shirt
Wearing a crisp and well-ironed shirt not only peps up your personality and makes a good impression on people around but also boosts your self-confidence. It creates an impression of being disciplined and in order. Ironing clothes was an uphill task for me until I learned few tips to iron shirt giving it a fresh and neat appearance.
Once you learn these basic tactics of ironing, you can iron the shirt in a little time and ready with the presentable look and poise. Here are a few tips and guidelines to give a get a professional look with a well-ironed shirt.
Preparing the shirt
Do read the label on the shirt to know about its fabric. Setting the temperature of the iron depends entirely on the material type of shirt. If it is a cotton shirt, set the temperature at high and for polyester, the temperature should be low. If you are not able to make out the fabric of shirt it is always a good idea to start with a low temperature and raise the temperature until the shirt responds to heat.
Moistening the shirt will give you better results than a dry one. You can sprinkle water on the shirt to wet it slightly. Soaking the clothes with water will help those who do not use a steam iron.
Try to iron near the closet as it will let you hang the shirts immediately after ironing and prevents any wrinkles on shirts.
Ironing the shirt
- Start ironing the shirt with a collar since it is the most visible part of the shirt. Iron the inner side of collar first and then the outer side. Start from the ends of the collar and move the iron towards the center. Never iron the collar in circles.
- Next more prominent part of the shirt cuffs. Always open the cuffs before ironing and start from ironing the inner side first. Utmost care should be taken while ironing near the buttons. Never iron over the buttons as it may damage the sole plate of iron as well as the buttons.
- When ironing front of the shirt, start with the side having buttons. Move the iron downwards, starting from the shoulder area. Special attention should be given near the collar and pocket areas since they immediately get noticed.
- Iron the back side, starting from the top and coming downwards. Pleats should be carefully ironed.
- Last part to iron is its sleeves. It is the tricky part since you have to iron double layer of fabric so it is better to use a flat board to iron the sleeves. While laying the sleeve on a flat surface you can use seam of the sleeve as a guide. Start from the shoulders and iron the sleeve moving slowly towards cuffs.