The shirt is mandatory in the wardrobe of many workers. It can also find its place in the wardrobe for special occasions when it is necessary to be more dressed (weddings, baptisms, etc.). Also, many people just love to have this classic at home. However, the question of ironing a shirt or blouse has something to discourage you from wearing! Indeed, whatever you do, there is always a wrinkle and you never know where to start. After long minutes of ironing his shirt, we sometimes end up with even more folds than at the start. So how do you iron a shirt quickly and well? Is it mandatory to starch this garment? Here are all of our grandmother’s tips and tricks to make it a snap and have an impeccable outfit.
1) Gather the right conditions to iron a shirt properly and make your job easier
-Washing and ironing temperature, maintenance … Before any handling, check the maintenance code on the shirt label. This will prevent you from burning it!
-If you do not have a steam generator, make sure the iron has the steam option. This relaxes the fibers of shirts and thick textiles to smooth them out better. Make sure the soleplate is clean and well descaled with white vinegar.
-No steam adjustment? So prepare a pattemouille with a damp cloth or towel. Otherwise, work on a still wet shirt. Here it is possible to do it shortly after washing or to spray water if the shirt has had time to dry. The folds will be less hard.
-Finally, if possible, get a Jeannette. This is ideal for easier ironing and to avoid creasing the collars, pockets and sleeves when you have a lot of shirts to do!
2) The extra tip: use a hanger for drying and storage
To make it easier for you, there are a few tips to start with using a hanger! In fact, it is above all about best way to tidy up a shirt after ironing to avoid folds due to folding. Simply attach the first button to keep it looking pristine. It is also a better tool than the conventional clothesline or drying rack before ironing. By letting the shirt dry slightly on a hanger before ironing, you will already smooth out a large part of the creases (they will disappear under the effect of the weight of the wet shirt). It won’t be enough not to have to do this chore, but it will chew up your work a bit.
3) The right order for ironing a shirt
1) Always start with the collar from which you have previously removed the whales. Go from the center to the tips and then slowly come back to the center. Think of pull the tips well to prevent them from curling. All you have to do is fold it and iron it to keep its shape.
2) Then, we put the sleeves in the jeannette (if possible) and we iron them starting from the unfolded wrist, marking the folds well towards the elbow then from the elbow to the shoulder. Without jeannette, just follow the assembly seam.
3) Then do the front: one side after the other, being careful toavoid pimples. Indeed, they are very fragile.
4) Then place on the back by resting the shoulders of the shirt on the narrow end of the board. Go from the center to the outside.
At any time during these stages, remember to wet or spray steam to moisten shirts and blouses properly before ironing.
4) Starch: required to properly iron a shirt?
In vaporization or in a basin to soak the shirt once before wringing it out, all before ironing, starch has several uses. It helps to smooth the folds by giving a smoother and sharper look to the fabric. In addition, it helps protect the fibers to keep the garment in good condition. However, it gives a cardboard effect to the shirt, which not everyone likes. It’s up to you to test and see if the result suits you, but it’s not absolutely not compulsory. To starch a shirt, you can use a store-bought product or go for the homemade recipe. Then use a hot iron to cook the starch!
Here are some natural homemade recipes to starch your shirt:
-Mix 1/2 tablespoon of cornstarch with 25 cl of water
-Add 4 tablespoons of powdered starch with 575 ml of hot water
-In 500 ml of hot water, incorporate 2.5 tablespoons of cornstarch (eg: cornstarch).
-Mix 100ml of unflavored vodka with 200ml of water to provide stiffness to the fabric.