How to Iron a Suit Coat


A wrinkle-free suit coat counts toward making a positive impression. Your local dry cleaners use professional equipment to remove wrinkles, without harming the suit material. A steam iron offers similar results at home, but using the device incorrectly can cause irreparable damage to the coat. Placing a barrier, such as damp cloth, between the iron and the coat protects the fibers from direct heat. Moreover, the combination of the two produces a wrinkle-free garment.

Things You'll Need

  • Ironing board
  • Cotton or linen cloth
  • Spray bottle filled with water

Step 1

Check the label inside the suit coat for a description of the suit material. Set your steam iron for use with the material, and plug in the iron. Allow the iron to warm up.

Step 2

Lay the interior of the suit coat flat against the ironing board. Spread half of the back of the coat across the ironing board. Smooth out any folds or wrinkles with your hand.

Step 3

Dampen a cotton or linen cloth, using a spray bottle of water, and lay it over a section of the back of the coat.

Step 4

Press the steam iron against the cloth, and lift it back up. Reposition the cloth along the back of the coat, continuing to steam as you go. In each instance, use a press and lift motion. Avoid sliding the iron across the cloth.

Step 5

Lay the first sleeve lengthwise along the ironing board. Use the narrow tip of the ironing board to support the coat. Smooth the sleeve flat with your hand.

Step 6

Place the damp cloth against either the sleeve cuff or shoulder seam. Once again using the cloth as a barrier between the coat and the iron, gradually iron your way down the length of the sleeve. As before, use a press and lift motion. Repeat the procedure for both sleeves.

Step 7

Drape either side of the front of the suit along the ironing board, with the collar facing the narrow end of the board. Smooth the material flat against the board.

Step 8

Check your cloth to be sure it remains damp. If necessary, dampen it again.

Step 9

Set the dampened cloth on the front of the suit. Use the familiar press and lift motion with your steam iron, and work from one end of the coat to the other. Once you finish one side of the coat, reposition it and iron the other side.

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Tips & Warnings

  • After ironing the coat, inspect it for wrinkles. If necessary, remove any remaining wrinkles by waving the hot steam iron back and forth an inch or two above the fabric.


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