How to Iron a Shirt

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Unfortunately, many shirts do need ironing - but if you learn to do it yourself, you'll save enough on dry-cleaning to buy several more. There are certain things you need to keep in mind when ironing a shirt so you don't end up with more wrinkles than you started with and the answers are below.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Irons
  • Ironing Boards
  • Distilled Waters
    • 1

      Find the tag on your shirt that indicates what it's made of.

    • 2

      Plug in the iron and set the dial to the recommended setting for that fabric. One hundred percent cotton and linen need a high setting; wools and cotton blends call for medium heat; polyester, rayon, nylon, silk, acetate and acrylic all need a low heat setting.

    • 3

      Fill the iron with distilled water if you will be using the "steam" setting on cottons or linens.

    • 4

      Iron the back of the collar first, then the front, taking care to iron in from the edges a little at a time to avoid creases.

    • 5

      Open cuffs fully. Iron inside first, then outside.

    • 6

      Iron sleeves after smoothing them flat to avoid creases. Do sleeve backs first, fronts second and take extra care on armhole seams.

    • 7

      Hang shirt over board so that one front panel of the shirt can be extended flat (collar at narrower end of board). Iron from shoulder to shirttail.

    • 8

      Rotate shirt over board so that you iron the back next, and the other front panel last.

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