How do you iron your shirts the quick way? Ironing a shirt quickly but correctly can be a difficult task when you’re not sure where to start.
There comes a point in a man’s life where he can no longer rely on his mother when it comes to getting his shirts ready. Times have changed, and we are now in the 21st century. Every modern man should benefit from the skill that is ironing.
At Mainline Menswear we have come up with these simple steps, helping you get an otherwise boring chore over with in five minutes.
1. Prep work
Yep, you may think you’re ready to tackle those creases straight away, but just like the Colombian penalties, this requires work. The best time to iron your shirt is when it’s freshly washed. However, you can use a spray bottle to dampen your shirt with water if need be.
Make sure your iron is set to the correct temperature and that there is water in your iron.
You’ll know what setting you need by checking the label on your clothes. It can be like learning a second language, so don’t feel bad if you need to check the guide below before understanding what those clothing labels are trying to tell you.
3. Iron the Collar First
Always start with the collar. To iron your shirt collar, begin with the underside and work from the bottom up, pressing the iron from one point to the other. Then flip the shirt over and repeat.
4. Ironing the Cuffs
Unbutton your shirt cuffs to begin with and lay them out flat on the ironing board. Similar to the collar, start from the inside and work your way outwards. Be careful to not iron over the buttons but go around them with the tip of the iron.
5. Front and placket
Now we’re getting onto the easier sections. Make sure the buttons are all undone and place the front of the shirt (button side) over the ironing board. Iron out all creases, making sure to go in between the buttons.
6. The Back of The Shirt
Nearly there! Next lay the back of the shirt flat on the board, with the collar at the narrow end of your ironing board. You should then have a large flat surface to iron. Easy peasy! Start at the top and iron the yoke (this is the shoulder area) and slide the iron down to the bottom of the shirt until all creases are gone.
Ironing the sleeves of your shirt can be tricky as you need to iron two layers of fabric. The most important part is the ensure all the fabric is flat and smooth; even if the clock is ticking, it is important to spend a little extra time setting the sleeve out correctly before ironing it.
Lay the sleeve on the ironing board and most of the shirt in order to make things a little easier, use the seams to guide you. Iron from the top down to the cuff. Turn the sleeve over and repeat the process.
That’s it! You’re finally done. All you need to do now is make sure the shirt is up to your now-very-high standards and hang it up ready to be worn.
This task can be a little fiddly at first, but after a bit of practice, you’ll be able to iron a shirt in under five minutes no problem.