Monday, October 17, 2011

This is for My Son - How to Iron a Shirt

That's right.  It's time for someone I know and love to learn to do this himself. I won't always be around when it's needed so I'm posting The Laundress instructions for ironing a shirt posted in the Chicago Tribune for him here. 
No more excuses.

It's not that hard -- all you need is an iron and a damp shirt straight out of the washing machine.

Step #1

PREP

Check for grime on the bottom of the iron. Also, clear the ironing board of debris. If it’s really dusty, throw the cover in the wash.

Step #2

START WET 
Skip the dryer, ironing straight from the washing machine. Not possible? Use a spray bottle of water to dampen. Heat: Crank iron to whatever temperature matches your shirt. Look for the itty-bitty words on the dial and on your shirt tag. For an oxford cloth shirt, use “cotton/linen.”


Step #3
STARCH?
It’s optional and builds up over time, so you should occasionally throw the shirt in the wash to remove build-up, even if you usually dry clean. Types: Starch is for natural fabrics; sizing for synthetic fabrics. Spray on before ironing begins.

Step #4

COLLAR & CUFFS

Collar: Pop it, and iron from the tips toward the middle. Iron the inside. Flip. Do the outside. Don’t turn down the collar until the rest of the shirt is ironed. Do NOT iron a crease into the collar. Cuffs: Starting on the inside, iron from bottom edge toward the sleeve. Flip cuff. Repeat. Also poke the tip of the iron into the pleat(s) just above the cuff.

Step #5

SLEEVES & YOKE

Sleeves: Hold up and tug taut the arm so you’ve got a crisp, straight fold from shoulder to cuff. Lay sleeve on the board, and in long sweeping strokes, iron in a straight solid crease. Do the back of the sleeve first because inevitably you’ll get creases, so save the front for last. Slide the armpit part of the sleeve over the tip of the ironing board, and iron flat the shoulder. Yoke: Staying in that position, hit the yoke, that double-layer strip that connects the collar to the shirt body. Swing the iron from shoulder to mid-back. Switch shoulders. Repeat.

Step #6

TRUNK, BACK, FRONT & DONE

Front non-button side: In long strokes from collar down, start with the placket (the strip with all the button holes). Pocket: Iron from the bottom up.
Back: Iron below the yoke, from top to bottom.
Front button-side: Lastly, using the tip of the iron, weave in and around the buttons.
Done: Hang it up so you don’t have to do it again (wooden hanger preferred).

At the moment, this is my son's solution for everything.


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