Learn How to Iron a Dress Shirt With These Easy Steps

Ironing a dress shirt can be tough if you don’t have the right equipment, which of course there are so many dry cleaners around with this type of shirt service. However, if spending $2.99 or more per shirt isn’t in your budget week after week, then you’d better learn how to iron a dress shirt!
First, get a good ironing board. You can’t put a towel on the counter or the kitchen table and expect your shirt to look good afterwards.
You also need a good iron with steam, and preferably a model that lets you press a button for additional blasts of steam that help in certain stubborn areas. Make certain the bottom of the iron is free of mineral buildup, and you can prevent this by using only distilled water (all minerals have been removed). If you don’t use distilled water, you will end up with marks on your shirt from the minerals that come out through the steam vents on the bottom.
If your shirt is 100% cotton, you will need to put your iron on a higher heat setting. Irons will have dials that show you what can be ironed at what level. Make sure the steam is on all the way. And always check the label of your shirt to see the recommended laundering instructions for the best ironing results.
You will also need some spray starch. Practice spraying this on a few rags before aiming it at your good shirts. It tends to clump if not sprayed evenly.
Spray the collar and iron both sides before anything else, both inside and out. Next, spray each section of the front and iron from the neck to the bottom. After that, most shirts have yokes in the back which needs to be tended to separately.
Finally, it’s time to press the sleeves. Unbutton the cuffs, and place each sleeve over the end of the board, bringing it up as high as possible so the sleeve is taut. Too much starch on the sleeves can be irritating, so only use enough to keep the sleeves evenly pressed with a sharp crease, going from the shoulder to the wrist. Now that you’ve finished, be sure to hang up your shirt immediately, so that it doesn’t lose that crisp, freshly-ironed look.

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