I love washing, hoovering, ironing, you name it. I find it very therapeutic.
- Keeley Hawes
In general most people don't learn to iron properly until they leave home and it is one of those household chores that you either love or hate, furthermore, it is a never-ending daily chore that a super yacht stewardess must face.
Below are some tried and tested ways on how to save time ironing
Before You Strat Ironing:
- Save time ironing before you even pull out your iron and ironing board, by hanging or folding your clothes as soon as it comes out of the dryer or off the line.
- Do not overload the machines, it will be harder to remove the creases, and it's not good for the machines..
- Do not over dry your clothes! Slightly damp clothes are a breeze to iron.
- Don’t waste time finding socks, pin them together using this great little product called “Sock Cop”.
- Always use distilled water in your iron, as bottled water and tap water can clog up your iron with mineral residue.
- Sort your clothes into fabric categories, i.e delicates, cottons, wool…. The temperature of an iron is one thing that you cannot cheat…. If the iron is too hot you will see disastrous results with burnt clothing, and too cool will result in a poor finish.
The Ironing Board:
The ironing board is very much down to personal choice, and we all know that there are just so many on the market these days. However, your ironing board should be able to meet the most basic needs of ironing:
- It should be wide enough for heavy bed linens and table clothes.
- It should have a mesh backing with a padded cover tightly fitted over the board.
- It must be sturdy enough so that it won’t tip over or collapse when you put pressure on it.
- Your iron board must be easily adjustable to your height and at waist level so you are not hunched over for hours.
- Make sure you have set up your ironing station with good light and suitable ventilation…. You don’t want to be ironing in the dark.
- Preparation before you begin is the key to getting good results.
- Always lay the item flat on the board flattening the material with the palms of your starting hands from the center and moving out to the edges.
- Try to iron in smooth, straight strokes.
- Always iron the Collar, yoke, cuffs, belt, pockets first, followed by the flat sections of the garment, that way you will not have the painful experience of having to iron a section twice.
- When ironing thick fabrics, iron both sides. For example the collars and cuffs on a shirt. This will stop any puckering that may occur.
By following these simple tips, you can take the pain out of ironing and restore you garments to their former glory.
Happiness is.... Reaching the bottom of the ironing basket