By Damilola Faustino
Whether you consider yourself an ironing pro or are brand new to the task, avoid these common errors and mistakes. If you do, you won’t get your clothes burnt!
Saving your delicates for last
Irons take longer to cool down than to heat up, so start with materials needing the lowest temperature, like polyester and silk. Work your way up to cotton and linen. Do the reverse, and you risk melting the fabric.
Cranking up the heat
If the garment is made of a blend, select the setting for the more delicate fabric. It will help you preserve the garment.
Not using tap water
Today’s irons can handle tap water better than older models could. Unless your area’s water is extremely hard, there’s no reason to use distilled water. For areas with very hard tap water, mix it 50/50 with distilled.
Not cleaning your iron
Melted fibers and sticky spray starch on your iron can snag and stain fabrics. Clean the iron’s soleplate with a baking soda paste when it’s cold or an iron cleaning paste.
Storing the iron with water in it
Always empty the iron’s water tank before putting the iron away, especially if you store it on its soleplate. This keeps excess water from damaging the internal parts and leaking through and discoloring the soleplate.
Steaming fabrics without holding them taut
For best results when using a handheld steamer, grasp hanging garments from the bottom and pull gently. For heavier fabrics that steam might not penetrate, turn the garment inside out and steam both sides.
So how do you feel knowing that your self-acclaimed ironing professionalism is not to professional after all?
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