How to Iron

A few weeks ago, my younger brother Reko asked me how to properly iron a dress shirt so I showed him.  Then I thought “There are probably other people who need to know this too.”  Since I can’t visit every one of my readers and show them how to have their shirts look like they just got pressed at the cleaners, I’m going to share a short piece I read in Valet about a year back.

We asked the production team at Thomas Pink’s London studio for a detailed, yet uncomplicated guide to the perfectly ironed shirt. Here’s how they do it.

1Unbutton the shirt. Ideally, the shirt is still a bit damp (either from the wash or a spray bottle).
2Remember to remove the collar stays before you start ironing. Start from the back of the collar and iron the fabric towards the middle in small circles. Flip the shirt over, and repeat on the outside of the collar. Prolong your shirt’s life by avoiding the tips of the collar.
3Secure one shoulder over the narrow end of the board and iron from the yoke to the center of the back. Repeat on the other shoulder.
4Lay one sleeve flat on the board with buttons or cuff-link holes facing up. Iron the inside of the cuff first then flip the sleeve over to iron the outside of the cuff. Next, iron the sleeve, beginning with the front side. Repeat with the other sleeve.
5Time for the placket and the body of the shirt. Use the point of the iron to press the fabric in between the buttons on the placket. To iron the body of the shirt, place one side along the ironing board, fitting the armhole into the curved end of the ironing board and smooth the fabric and press.


Iron dark fabric inside out to prevent that embarrassing sheen known as “glazing the fabric.”




Valet recommends the Black & Decker Classic Iron, which is the one I purchased after reading this article.  I’ve had it for over a year now and haven’t dealt with one leak, iron-caused stain, or burn.  It’s not the absolute lightest iron but it’s not going to cause you to bulk up either.  And, in my opinion, its classic look gives it character.  It is definitely worth more than the $24 I spent on it when I ordered it from Amazon.



Source: Valet Mag


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