Let’s face it, you probably send all of your shirts to the dry cleaners. But what if you were in a pinch and had to have a freshly ironed shirt right away? Would you know how to do it?
If you tackle ironing in the correct order, you’ll have a beautifully pressed garment in no time. And you might even save on your cleaning bill.
Start with a slightly damp shirt -- not straight from the washing machine, but not completely dry either. If it’s already dry, have a spray bottle of water handy. Spray the fabric lightly, and allow the fabric to rest a minute or so to absorb the water.
Set your iron on a hot setting. Be sure to check the shirt fabric and choose the appropriate setting.
Start with the collar, face down, on the ironing board. Iron the back of it, from the outer points inward, and then iron the front.
Iron the inside of the cuffs. This way, if the iron creates any wrinkles, they’ll be on the inside of the garment.
Iron each sleeve on both sides, creating a nice, sharp crease on the top.
Stretch one shoulder over the pointed end of the ironing board, and iron the yoke (the material on the back of the shirt between the shoulders). Place the other shoulder over the end of the board, and iron the yoke from that side.
Place the shirt’s front right side on the ironing board, make sure it’s flat, and iron from the bottom of the hem to the collar.
Take special care to nose the pointed end of the iron around each button -- don’t just iron over them. Also, make sure to check the shirt’s armpits, and iron out any creases.
Iron the back of the shirt.
Place your shirt on a hanger, and bask in the pride of a job well done!