Few things spoil a good impression faster than a wrinkled shirt. Halitosis, perhaps. A tight handshake. Remnants of the morning breakfast hidden in the beard. This is the scale we are talking about. And once you’re in the world using your non-deactivated monstrosity, there’s nothing you can do to hide it.
Shirts are always present in every man’s wardrobe: you need them to work, play and any dress code that does not imply swim shorts. Hence, a proper ironing routine is the only way to do them justice. Because if you don’t iron your work shirts, for example, you could also wear the overalls with which you hang a hangover on Sunday. No matter how good the rest of your outfit is, if your shirt is a wrinkled mess, the impression you give is exactly the same.
Buying An Iron
It is not a simple task as it seems: there is a lot to look for when buying an iron. It all depends on what materials you will iron, how often you will use it and how large your ironing board is.
Steam irons are the most popular type of iron. They apply steam on a garment during ironing, to moisten and relax the fibers of the fabric, facilitating the iron to eliminate wrinkles. As a general rule, better irons will have higher steam production.
It is advisable to opt for an average iron in the market, because the price does not necessarily reflect the quality beyond a certain point. It is also better to go against the current and go out into the real world when buying your iron instead of buying it online. First, do your research online, but you should make sure that the iron fits well in your hand and that you are satisfied with your weight, as well as having a good idea of how easy and accessible your controls are. .
And, the partner in crime for each iron: he must invest in a good, solid and well-padded ironing board.
Using The Iron
Before reaching the ironing phase, be sure to use a fabric conditioner to wash your shirt, as this will facilitate ironing and improve your overall appearance.
The iron will come with different settings for different types of material. And there is no doubt that the shirts in your closet will need different configurations. The first thing you can do is check the care label on the shirt for instructions. But as a general rule, rank your linen, cotton and synthetic shirts first. You can see the material your shirt is made of by looking at the label. In this way, it is possible to gradually mark the configurations in the order in which the materials require more heat, without waiting for the iron to cool down in the medium.
Ironing Cotton Shirts
For cotton shirts, iron the slightly wet shirt on the side to be ironed, with a hot iron. Stretch lengthwise, not with circular movements, to avoid damaging the material.
For thicker fabrics (such as an Oxford shirt), ironing both sides of the fabric will produce the best results.
Ironing Cotton-Blend Shirts
Use a low flame for cotton blend shirts, with steam. Iron from the inside out or place a thin cloth between the shirt and the iron to avoid burns.
Ironing Polyester Shirts
Definitely use a handkerchief or something similar to avoid any iron-shirt contact here, because polyester is an extremely heat sensitive material. If you are reading this, Peter Stringfellow, the same goes for your silk and satin numbers.
Ironing Linen Shirts
Use a hot iron and dew on the side where you are ironing. With linen shirts, first wet the opposite side of the side to be ironed, then the side to be ironed.
Make sure to iron these shirts upside down, especially if they are darker in color, to avoid the brightness caused by the heat.
How To Iron A Shirt
Using a bottle, ladies or iron spray function, generously spray the shirt. How liberal it depends on how soon you want to wear the shirt after ironing it, but the wetter it is, the easier it will be to iron wrinkles.
Cancel all the buttons, including the cuffs, then follow this important order to iron the shirt quickly and completely.
The necklace: open it and remember to iron both sides, starting from the outside and working inwards. Fold, pinch the crease and pass the iron again to keep it crisp
Cuffs: just like the collar, open it and iron the inside first to eliminate wrinkles or creases. Again, I work from the outside in
The yoke: this is the top of the back and shoulders section. Starting on one side, work in the middle, then turn the shirt over the backboard and do the other side
The back: now do the rest of the back, moistening the shirt for each stubborn crease
The front: first iron the button placket (where the buttons and buttonholes are located), pinching and pulling the end to facilitate the work. Use the pointed end of the iron to position yourself between the buttons. Then iron the rest of the front
Sleeves: making sure the crease is in the seam, iron both sides of the sleeve, gently pulling on one end to make sure they are tight and crisp
The trick is to keep the iron moving at all times, so as not to burn anything while ironing the creases and avoid adding new ones. Push the shirt slightly as you go, but not enough to create creases. This really comes with practice.
The last, but certainly not least, step is to make sure you hang your shirt right afterwards. This is especially important if you are a little happy and the shirt is still wet.