Dread ironing? With these tips, your clothes will always look like they have just been collected from our professional ironing services!
Ironing Services, taking care of that annoying chore
There are very few people who actually enjoy doing house chores. That’s probably because chores can be boring, repetitive and seemingly never-ending. However, out of all of the tedious domestic tasks, ironing seems to be the most annoying.
One survey found that ironing is among the top five most hated chores for Brits, and that it takes fifty-five minutes to complete every week. The same study also found that women (especially mothers) are likely to spend four months of her lifetime ironing clothes. The pile of clothes a British mother irons throughout her life amounts to 1,248 metres tall, which is four times the height of London’s Shard tower!
Ironing is probably a hated chore because you have to stand up and give the task your complete attention. While everyone wants freshly pressed clothes, they’re not very willing to do it themselves. While Columbia University students have created a novel robot that irons clothes with perfection, it may be long before you get your hands on a self-ironing technology. In the meantime, you can make use of these brilliant tips that will help you take care of your least favourite chore when it comes to it.
1. Start with the sleeves! If you leave them to the last, you’re likely to cause wrinkles on your ironed shirt when it hangs off the ironing board.
2. A lot of ironing newcomers get this wrong, but it’s easier and convenient to leave the cuffs open when ironing. Lay them flat and you can get the whole sleeve at a time.
3. The collars are the trickiest part, so make sure you open it up and lay it flat as well just like the cuffs. Most people leave the collar down, but that just creates more creases along the fold and gives a very unfinished look.
4. Once you’re done ironing, hang up the shirt and leave it to cool down. Wearing the shirt immediately is likely to cause creases instantly. When you iron a shirt, the fabric becomes very hot. When it cools down is when the freshly ironed look actually sets in.
1. Always apply a gentle pressure and use steam (if your iron has an option) to press your trousers. The trick is to go slow over the creases.
2. Can’t find your main crease? Lay your trousers down flat on the ironing board and line up the seams of the leg to match. Create a perfect crease again, but remember to stop six inches below the waist.
3. If you have pleats on your trousers, always set the front crease first.
4. Hang the trousers by the waistband for at least an hour or two to set. Even if you don’t put in any creases, it’s always a good idea to let your trousers cool before putting them on.
1. Start with the top and work your way to the bottom.
2. If the fabric is delicate, use a cotton sheet or shirt to cover the fabric and iron over it. This applies especially to silk or satin skirts.
3. If you’re ironing flounced skirts (that flare out at the bottom), the rule reverses and you would have to iron the bottom first and then work your way to the top.
1. When ironing large items such as curtains or bed sheets, set up two chairs next to the ironing board for extra support. As you work the fabric, set it up on the chairs so you don’t wrinkle them by leaving them hanging on the floor.
Do we make it sound too easy? If you’re still struggling with ironing at home, check out our ironing services and have someone do it for you.