The heel or widest part of the iron produces the greatest amount of heat and steam.
Either iron it inside-out or place a thin cloth between the shirt and the iron to prevent scorch marks. Definitely use a handkerchief or something similar to avoid any iron-to-shirt contact here, because polyester is an extremely heat-sensitive material. Using a bottle, mister or the spray function of the iron, spray the shirt liberally.
Undo all the buttons, including the cuffs, then follow this all-important order to iron the shirt quickly and thoroughly. Lightly pull on the shirt as you go, but not so much that you create creases.
This really comes with practice. The last, but certainly not least important, step is making sure to hang your shirt up straight away afterwards. This is especially crucial if you got a bit steam-happy and the shirt is still damp. For a military finish, use a starch spray to get a crisp, clean finish to your shirt. If you find the pointy end of the ironing board awkward, spin it around and use the squared-off edge at the other side.
This will allow you to iron more material in one go without moving the shirt around. Iron your shirt inside-out whenever possible. Never a good look. Get all the latest must-read FashionBeans content direct to your inbox weekly:. See all the latest vouchers, discount codes and offers from all your favourite stores for October Using The Iron Before it even gets to the ironing stage, be sure to use fabric conditioner when you wash your shirt, because this will make it easier to iron and improve its overall appearance.
Ironing Cotton-Blend Shirts Use a low heat for cotton-blend shirts, with steam. Ironing Polyester Shirts Definitely use a handkerchief or something similar to avoid any iron-to-shirt contact here, because polyester is an extremely heat-sensitive material. How To Iron A Shirt Using a bottle, mister or the spray function of the iron, spray the shirt liberally. Fold over, pinch the fold and run the iron over one more time to keep it crisp The cuffs: Again, work from the outside in The yoke: Starting from one side, work into the middle, then turn the shirt around on the board and do the other side The back: Instead, add baking soda or hydrogen peroxide to your wash cycle.
I add about a half cup or more to each load. Both of these products brighten white and light-colored fabrics without the damage and eventual yellowing of bleach. Another great product for keeping whites and pastels looking great is oxygen base cleaner.
It works just as well as Oxyclean. All oxygen base cleaners are powdered forms of concentrated hydrogen peroxide with an additional ingredient or two. Always dry your all-cotton shirts on the warm not hot setting on your dryer. That will also prevent yellowing due to excess heat. Finally, leave the shirts very slightly damp if you plan to iron them right away. If you plan to iron at a later time it is better to fully dry them to prevent any mildew smell.
A good quality steam iron is the secret to wrinkle-free all-cotton shirts. For years I struggled with a typical low-cost, low-powered steam iron and wound up damaging my shirts in an effort to make them look as crisp as possible.
The secret to quick, easy ironing of all-cotton shirts is lots of steam. Not starch… Steam baby, steam! And lots of it! The secret to wrinkle-free cotton shirts is choosing the right steam iron for the job.
All steam irons are not made equal! Generally, you want an iron that has a steam rating of watts or higher. This rating indicates how hot the steam iron will become. When shopping for an iron check if it lists the steam rating in the description.
If the iron has a good steam rating the manufacturer will usually promote it. Generally, cheaper irons with a poor steam rating will not provide that rating at all in their advertising I am located in the United States so these ratings may vary in irons marketed and sold in other countries. Always look for a steam rating, pass over any steam irons that do not make that rating available in the advertising or specifications. Here are a few steam iron models with a good steam rating that I have had good experience with:.
The first iron that I ever purchased that made the ironing of all-cotton shirts a breeze was from Rowenta , a German brand of professional irons. It was a revelation seeing how easy it is to iron cotton shirts when you have the steam to do it right! Professional quality irons like Rowenta another excellent brand is Shark usually have a steam rating of watts or higher. They deliver the large volume of steam needed to conquer cotton shirt wrinkles. Rowenta steam irons do command a premium price and are the first brand many professional tailors will recommend.
However, there are other steam iron models that can deliver excellent results for less money. The best measurement of a steam irons ability to iron cotton shirts is the steam rating. Look for a steam rating of Watts or higher. The only meaningful differences between the Black and Decker Allure D and the D are the digital temperature controls and display. It has the same specs at a slightly better price. Truthfully, steam irons do not last forever. No matter the brand, I have found that heavy duty steam irons tend to start having problems after about a year of heavy use.
Nearly all of the steam irons I have owned start having problems with calcium deposits from hard water and discolored steam and sputtering after a year of ownership. The good news is that most steam irons have a warranty of two years or more, so hold on to that warranty card! Just be sure to hold on to your warranty, you may need to use it! It suddenly stopped heating or making steam during a morning of ironing.
Until it died, I was very happy with the results whenever I used this steam iron, and look forward to my replacement. Here are my first impressions after a couple of hours of ironing:. It is big, heavy, and smooths out wrinkles like my old smooth-riding boulevard cruiser.
Its weight and large ironing plate combined with watts of steam power make ironing my all-cotton shirts effortless.
To iron a shirt cuff, first unbutton it (to include the gauntlet button) and lay it out flat. First iron the inside of the cuff, and next the outside, moving all wrinkles from uneven fabric to the edges. Carefully iron around the buttons, and even on the backside. Ironing shirts is quicker and easier than you might think. Like T.M. Lewin says in the video above, it should only take an average of three minutes to properly iron a shirt, and that's doing it the right way. For cotton shirts, iron your shirt slightly damp on the side you’re ironing, with a hot iron. Iron lengthwise, not in circular motions, to avoid damaging the material. For thicker fabrics (such as an Oxford shirt), ironing both sides of the fabric will produce the best results.