THE IRON KING
Ironing is a skill that every man should be adept with, because let’s face it, you can’t always ask your mum or wife to iron your shirts can you? Though it might seem like a basic task, you only get to know how difficult it is to get the process of ironing right when you actually get down to doing it.
Getting the creases right and attaining a flawless smoothness isn’t a walk in the park for first timers. But once you get a hand of it, it’s a great skill to have in your arsenal. So let’s get to it.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
YOUR WEAPON OF CHOICE
There are a lot of irons available with a lot of bells and whistles that come along. Stick to something that isn’t too complicated and take some time to go through the manual to know more about its functionality. It’s mandatory for you to know how to control the heat of your iron as well has how and when to generate steam (if it has that option), for you to execute the ironing process with ease, rather than turning it into a disaster. If the steaming option isn’t available, keep a spray bottle with water to help you with stubborn creases. If not then keep a spray bottle filled with water nearby to help you in the event of any stubborn creases. For your safety and that of your clothes, it’s always a good idea to start off with a lower temperature and increase it if need be. Usually Dots (*) are shown as an indication, and this is what it denotes:
KNOW YOUR MATERIAL
As important as it is to know about your iron, it’s equally important for you to have an idea about the material of the material that you choose to iron. You might have noticed that some apparel come with a tag which gives you instructions on how to iron and wash which makes things easier. For the ones that don’t have these instructions, you need to know the sort of fabric it is.
While all irons differ in temperature by manufacturer, here is a basic guideline of proper temperatures recommended for ironing different fabrics:
- Linen: 230 °C (445 °F) ***
- Triacetate: 200 °C (390 °F)
- Cotton: 204 °C (400 °F) ***
- Viscose/Rayon: 190 °C (375 °F) **
- Wool: 148 °C (300 °F) **
- Polyester: 148 °C (300 °F) *
- Silk: 148 °C (300 °F) *
- Acetate: 143 °C (290 °F) *
- Acrylic: 135 °C (275 °F)
- Lycra/Spandex: 135 °C (275 °F)
- Nylon: 135 °C (275 °F)
INVEST IN A GOOD QUALITY IRONING BOARD
In terms of an ironing board, be wise enough to invest on a good quality board as the low ranged boards tend to include really cheap pads on them. Under the pad, typically, is metal in a honeycomb pattern. The metal absorbs heat and can transfer it back to your garment. If you use too much pressure on a cheap ironing board pad, you can end up with a visible honeycomb pattern on your clothing. So, spending a little more on an upgraded board would be a wise investment.
DOT MARK TEMPERATURE
** < 150 °C
*** < 200 °C
Guidelines of Ironing the Basic Dress Shirt which every Man needs to master
MODEL: SACHIN SHRESTHA
PHOTOGRAPHED BY: BIBHAS M. SUWAL