Iron a shirt
You’ve a scored a hot date, boom! You’ve got a stylish new shirt that’s bound to impress her; it’s in the bag but DISASTER! That new shirt that you love so much, well yes you left it in the bag that the lovely saleslady put it in and now it’s crumpled in the corner of the room. Chicks do not dig wrinkled shirts, gives a bad impression blahdy blahdy blah. Who cares! Well actually you do, you want to get her to like you. Starting off on a bad first impression is not a good idea. Now to iron that shirt, you’ve seen your mom do it a million times surely it’s easy. Right?
How to iron a shirt:
- Choose a well-lit, clean area to set up the ironing board and position it somewhere close to a plug socket.
- If you are right handed place the ironing board with the widest part to your right, if you are left handed then reverse this.
- Set the ironing board to be at waist height.
- If the shirt (or other clothing item) is very wrinkled then spray it lightly with water. The slight dampness will make it easier to get rid of stubborn wrinkles.
- Fill the water tank of the iron to the full point, this should be marked or the clear casing of the water tank.
- Check the label of your shirt for recommended iron temperature.
- Plug in the iron and set it to the desired temperature.
- When setting the iron down place it with the pointed end facing upwards and only leave it on the square end of the ironing board.
- Once the iron is hot, turn on the steam feature and stand in front of the ironing board with the widest part to your right (reversed if left handed).
- Place the collar of the shirt on the ironing board, right side of the shirt facing you. With the underside of the collar facing you place the iron on the shirt at one pointed edge and move the iron towards the centre of the collar. Repeat this for the other side. Turn the shirt the other way around and repeat this step on the side of the collar that faces up. If you like the collar of the shirt to lie flat against your neck fold the collar down and press a crease, if not then leave the collar as is.
- Now position the shirt on the ironing board so that the collar is facing the tapered end and the back piece of the shirt is lying on the board. Press the back of the shirt ensuring that the iron isn’t left on any piece of material for too long as this will burn the shirt. When one section of material is pressed move the shirt on the board so that the entire back of the shirt can be ironed. Once this side of material is ironed flip the shirt over and repeat the process on the opposite side of the material.
- Place the side of the shirt with the buttons flat on the ironing board and press the material, moving the iron carefully so as not to sit on the buttons. The pointed tip of the iron can be used to iron around the buttons.
- Repeat step 12 on the inside of the shirt and for the other front side of the shirt (you do not need to worry about buttons on this side)
- Now it’s time for the sleeves, this can be a bit tricky. Smooth one sleeve out onto the ironing board with the cuff button facing down onto the board. Press the cuff first being careful not to leave the iron on the material for too long as cuffs can loose their crispness and develop white marks.
- Press the sleeve from shoulder to cuff, smoothing the material with your hand as you go.
- Turn the shirt over and work on the other side of the sleeve taking care around the cuff button.
- Repeat steps 15 and 16 for the other sleeve.
- You should now have a beautifully ironed shirt. If the shoulders are looking slightly less pressed than the rest of the shirt you can manoeuvre the shoulder material on the tapered side of the ironing board and press it.
- Finally place the shirt on a hanger, making sure that it is hanging straight and the sleeves are placed flat.
- Get ready to make a great impression!
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