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Look your best with the right ironing techniques

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The best dress shirts can’t help you make a good impression if they’re poorly ironed and wrinkly. Details matter and it’s important to have well-pressed clothing whether you’re heading to work or for a night out. 

The Electrolux Ergosteam iron is one of the best tools at your disposal for putting sharp creases into your dress shirts.

Good steam irons like the Electrolux Ergosteam are ideal for ironing dress shirts, with the iron equipped to dispense powerful 100g shots of steam that make removal of unwanted wrinkles and creases effortless. With some basic know-how, the ironing process doesn’t have to take more than 5 minutes

 

Preparation

Read the shirt label to find out what material the shirt is made from. Cotton or cotton blends can withstand high temperatures while polyester fabrics are more delicate.

By Adrian Clark
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Properly ironed dress shirts are essential to looking your best at all times.

If you’re not sure about the material, err on the side of caution and use the lowest setting possible. Increasing the iron’s temperature is easier than trying to fix damaged fabric.  Ensure the shirt is clean. Ironing a dirty shirt sets the stains, which make it difficult, if not impossible to remove later on.

 

Collar

Always start by ironing the collar, as this is the most prominent part of the shirt. Ensure it’s moist before starting, then pop it up and start with the underside, slowly pressing from one point to the other. If wrinkles appear, press them to the bottom where they’ll be less visible. Flip the shirt and repeat on the other side.

 

Cuffs

The cuffs are the next more prominent part of a dress shirt. Unbutton it and lay it out flat.  Iron the inside first, then the outside, moving all wrinkles to the edges.

 

Carefully iron around buttons and never over them, as they can leave a mark.

 

Shirt front

Start with the side that has buttons and carefully iron around the button area.  Move up to the top of the shoulder and work your way down the shirt with the iron. Repeat on the other side. Spend more time on the areas around the collar, as those are more visible when worn.

 

Shirt back

Laying the shirt flat on the board with the sleeve head positioned against the square edge of the board. Start at the back shoulder area and slowly slide the iron down. If you have a centre box pleat, spend a few seconds ironing around it. Slide the shirt up and repeat with the other half.

 

Sleeves

Take the sleeve by the seam and lay the whole sleeve flat on the ironing board. If you see creases on top from previous ironing, match it again so you have a single crease line. Start ironing at the top where the sleeve meets the shirt, and work your way down to the cuff. Turn over and iron.

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