There is a right way and a wrong way to iron clothing. When it comes to buttoned down dress shirts, it is critical that you choose the correct approach. After all, dress shirts are sophisticated luxury garments, and just one tiny ironing mistake can ruin the entire shirt in as little as 2 seconds.
If you want perfectly crispy and flawless results with dress shirt ironing, continue below to review an easy, 7 step guide that anyone can do, and a bonus tip on how to repair clothing damaged by an iron.
Dress Shirt Ironing Tips for Men and Women
The most essential dress shirt ironing tip, whether man, woman, or child, is to take your time. Rushing through an ironing job can cause you to lose focus and make an irreversible mistake. Here are the 7 basic steps to ironing a dress shirt:
❶ Launder Your Shirt
Be sure your shirt is freshly laundered before you get started with ironing. For dress shirts, it is recommended to have them dry cleaned. This will give you the tidiest and crispiest results. If you choose to wash your shirt at home, just be sure you are checking the label and following all manufacturer guidelines. In fact, this is your next step.
❷ Read the Shirt Label
The label inside your dress shirt is more than an itchy bother; it is an important piece of literature explaining how to take care of it. Not only should it have laundering instructions, which likely say dry clean only, but it should also have instructions for ironing. For most dress shirts, labels will say, “low iron if needed.” Some labels will tell you to use a warm iron, but this will vary depending on the shirt material.
Side Tip: Using a quality spray starch can really deliver crisp, fresh ironing results that last all day.
❸ Start With the Collar
With your low to warm iron, begin by pressing the underside of the collar. When pressing the underside of the collar, be sure you are working from the center to the outer points. Simply flip the collar over and repeat the same process, starting at the center of the collar and working your way out to the edges.
❹ Move Onto Shoulders
The next area to press after your collar is the shoulders of the shirt. Do so by draping the shoulder of one side of the shirt over the tip of your ironing board. This way, you are not disturbing the rest of the fabric. Iron from the yoke toward the back section of the shirt. The yoke is the area of the shirt that meets the collar.
Side Tip: Be sure you are using extreme caution when ironing. Too much stand still in one area will burn the material, so use continual movements. With a quality iron, you should not have to use much pressure. The weight of the iron should be enough to have a pressing effect on the shirt.
❺ Iron the Cuffs Next
Your next step after pressing the collar and shoulders of the shirt is to iron the cuffs. Use the same application as you did with the collar. Lay the sleeve flat, with the buttons facing up. Then iron the inside of the cuff, followed by the outside.
❻ Iron the Sleeves
Once your collar, cuffs, and shoulders are ironed, you will need to press the sleeves. Lay one sleeve flat, buttons up, and begin ironing from the shoulder to the cuff. Repeat on the other side of this sleeve, and then repeat on both sides of the other sleeve.
❼ Iron the Front and Back
Your last step in the dress shirt ironing process is to iron the front side and the back side of the shirt. Lay on layer of your shirt flat, draping over the side of your ironing board. Using soft and continual movements, iron the front panel of the shirt, using extra caution between the buttons, then do the other front panel on the other side of the shirt. With the front sides done, you can flip your shirt over and finish by pressing the back.
These steps will ensure that you achieve the ironing results you are after when it comes to your dressy clothes. But, if you happen to make a mistake and say, burn a hole in your favorite shirt, there might be a solution. Contact an Indianapolis alterations shop to inquire about clothing repair service.
Do you need some professional clothing repairs? Contact Yong’s Alterations at 317-845-9077 for prompt and affordable alterations in Indianapolis, Indiana. We provide a wide range of services for men, children, women, costumes, and home décor.