Ironing is probably not one of the favorite household chores for many. Everything that can be done without just goes into the closet. However, there are items of clothing that we cannot avoid ironing. Right at the front: shirts! And what's more, thanks to collars and cuffs, they don't make it easy for us to achieve a perfect result. But if you follow the right instructions, ironing shirts will soon no longer be a problem for you.
You can make your work a little easier by following a few tricks when washing and hanging up your shirts. For example, when you put a shirt in the washing machine, you should turn up the collar and remove the collar stiffener so that nothing becomes warped. It is also best to open the cuffs during the wash cycle.
Then you will save yourself a lot of work if you hang your shirt on a hanger instead of the clothes horse. This way the shirt dries directly in the correct shape and there are no unnecessary creases on the chest and sleeves.
When ironing, you shouldn't see your shirt as a whole, but iron the individual parts one after the other. In no case should you put the entire shirt on the ironing board and iron the front and back at the same time. This only creates additional creases.
Proper preparation is also important. Before you start, bring the iron to the right temperature and have all the essentials ready. You can find detailed step-by-step instructions in the Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf infographic:
Especially when we sit a lot, small creases appear on our shirts from time to time and even if we take a shirt out of the closet or suitcase, new creases may have formed again after ironing. For example, if you want to freshen up for an important meeting, there are a few simple tricks you can use to remove small wrinkles quickly.
A straightening iron, for example, is a reliable savior in an emergency. With this you can easily smooth out small creases on the collar or waistband. If you don't have a straightening iron, water and a blow dryer will also help. Briefly moisten your shirt, hang it on a hanger and blow dry the wrinkled areas smooth.
For everyone who can't get used to ironing at all, a steamer can be a suitable alternative to the iron. To steam a shirt, hang it on the hanger and pull the device down by the fabric. The escaping steam removes annoying wrinkles. In our steamer test, for example, the Philips Steam & Go steamer performed very well.
You can get the Philips Steam & Go steamer for 62.38 euros on Amazon:
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