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Want the crispest shirt ever?

Itís not really that difficult- by following a few simple steps, you can master the fine art of ironing and save yourself a bucket of money by sending your clothes away to be ironed.

While ironing may not be the most exciting household chore, if you can do it yourself, you can save a bit of cash! Image courtesy of FreeImages.com

To get started youíll want to make sure your ironing board has a well fitted cover to make the job easier and prevent the cover from bunching and wrinkling under your clothes (these bunches will result in ironing wrinkles into your clothing.)

Your iron can be either a dry or a steam iron; if you donít have a steam iron youíll need to spray or dampen your clothes before you iron them, but never dampen or steam silk- theyíll get water spots!
Regardless of what youíre ironing, follow these guidelines:

If youíll be ironing right after you do the laundry, take your clothes out of the dryer or off the line while they are still a little bit damp, itíll save you time. If you have to iron later, dampen the clothes about an hour before you start by sprinkling your clothes generously with warm water.

Start out cool: Begin with a low temperature and iron those things that need a lower temperature. Iron the items that need a higher temperature last so you prevent accidental scorching.

Use a light hand. You donít need to exert a lot of pressure when you iron; keep a basic back and forth motion, and never stretch or pull the fabric when you iron or youíll stretch it out of shape.

Use a light hand when ironing, no need to stretch the fabric or you'll stretch it out of shape. Image courtesy of FreeImages.com

In places where the fabric is double thick- such as cuffs, collars, hems, pocket flaps Ė iron on the inside first, then the outside.

To get crisp seams, spritz them with a mixture of one part water to one part white vinegar, then press open from the inside before pressing on the outside.

Never iron directly over buttons, snaps, zippers or hook and eyes.

Start with the smallest parts of the piece of clothing and progress to the largest. e.g. on a shirt, start with the cuffs and collars, then the sleeves, then the front and back.

To keep them from getting shiny, iron wools, silks, rayons and dark coloured fabrics on the wrong side. If you have to do a minor touch up on the right side of the fabric, put a lightweight clean cloth between the iron and the fabric.

To get a sharp crease, dampen the crease a little more than usual; then press. If you need to, re-dampen and press again.

To iron lace, put it on a clean bath towel and use a lightweight clean cloth between the iron and the lace.

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