The ultimate bachelor’s guide to ironing

8 03 2013


Image from Flickr Creative Commons via Shoshanah

It’s one of those domestic chores which are put off more than any other. But because so many of us depend on having well-pressed shirts, trousers, jackets and ties to wear for work, it’s a job which we have to consider essential.

Because ironing is one of those domestic chores which are impossible to dodge, though, it pays to have a proper plan to carrying out the task. This is especially true when you consider the amount of money which is often spent on clothing which requires ironing. Indeed, when the quest is to look good in lots of different circumstances, do we ever consider the fact that lots of the clothes we love will need to be ironed regularly to keep them in the best possible condition? The answer is probably not.

But that doesn’t mean that we don’t love those clothes, and generally we will put up with the work involved in ensuring that they’re kept in as near pristine condition as possible.

The difference, though, between someone who wears classic and expensive clothes regularly, and someone who only has the occasional need to do so is that the regular wearer will – or certainly should – be aware of the work needed to keep them looking immaculate.

Ironing, though, is still an alien world to many men, even ones who aspire to look as smart as possible whenever they step out. Doing such tasks as effectively as possible, then, is often best when it’s broken down into easy steps. So here’s a step-by-step guide which will help make ironing seem far less intimdating.

1. Use a good iron: A cheapie from a supermarket will never do the job satisfactorily, so at least research which brands are generally the most trustworthy and buy the best one you can afford.

2. Read the ironing instructions on each garment: You can’t just assume that every one will look as good if you keep the iron at the same temperature. A denim garment certainly needs more heat to remove creases than a silk one. So be sure to re-set your iron’s temperature for each type.

3. Use the right motions with the iron for the area concerned: Wide, sweeping strokes work well on large expanses of t-shirt or trousers, but more intricate areas, around the fly for example, need closer attention.

4. Iron clothes inside-out. This will help a garment retain its colour, and help keep heat stains invisible.

5. Start at the waistband with trousers and work your way down.

6. With all clothes, place them on ironing boards in a way which best suits their shape.

7. Work around your clothes in a logical order, as this will help you ensure that you don’t miss any areas – around buttonholes or cuffs in particular.

8. Keep as much of the area of the item being ironed on the ironing board at any time, as you can then quickly put right any bits which crease while you’re working over them.

9 Finally, hang all your garments on a suitable coathanger – one which is appropriate for their weight – as soon as you’ve finished.

And the most important thing about the task so far not mentioned here which will help make it less daunting is to stay on top of the job! There’s nothing more disheartening than looking at a pile of clothes waiting to be ironed, and it’s guaranteed to get worse the bigger the pile gets. So set aside some time each week for working through it – you could even then reward yourself with a trip to the pub once it’s done to keep the motivation up!





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