Ironing 101: How to Iron a Shirt

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Ironing, you either love it or hate it. 

But thanks to this great guide from Mr Porter, you’ll never have to step out of the house with a wrinkled shirt again. Master these 5 steps and you’re ironing will become a breeze.

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how to iron a shirt

First, make sure you have a good quality steam iron with adjustable temperatures, as well as a sturdy ironing board with ample surface space.

1. dampen

The best time to iron a shirt is a little while after its come out of the wash, before being fully dry.

If you’re working with a dry shirt, use a spray bottle, or your irons steam function to dampen.

2. collar & cuffs

Start with the collar then move on to the cuffs. For both, start with the inside to get the main creases out then flip over. Always move the iron inwards from the edges.

2. yoke & Back

Start with the yoke (area between shoulders) using the top of your ironing board.

The back is fairly straight forward – work your way across the creases in an “S” shape motion.

4. front & placket

Work your way up the front of the shirt on both sides, carefully moving in between the buttons using the tip of the iron.

5. sleeves

The key for ironing sleeves is ensuring they are flat on the board before starting.

Iron sleeves one at a time working your way from the cuff towards the shoulder.

ironing a shirt without an iron

Sometimes you may find yourself in a pinch, with a shirt that needs ironing but no iron. Definitely not ideal, but there are a couple of tricks that can help get rid of most wrinkles.

While none of these are perfect, and all come with their own risks, here’s some of the best methods:

  1. Put the shirt in a clothes dryer with some ice cubes
  2. Hang the shirt in the bathroom with the shower on hot
  3. Boil water in a pot, empty it, then use the pot as an iron – be careful not to burn yourself or your clothing!
  4. Use a hair straightener – be careful of residue on the elements and also of inappropriate heat levelsac