Do you iron your pants every day before school or work? When you ask most people, I bet their answer is no. Most of us do not enjoy anything about ironing pants or shirts. It can seem like an extra step in your morning routine that is just not necessary. However, it can determine many things about you! Are you sloppy or do you appreciate taking the extra steps to look put together in your outfit? It’s important to feel good about how you look. Just the simple step of ironing your pants the correct way says that you take pride in your appearance. Hmm the right way to iron your pants?! Is there a right way? Yes, there is!
For example, you are headed into the office for a big presentation feeling confident and prepared. You go to the restroom to take a last-minute big breath and there you notice it. Shiny spots all over your trousers. You ironed your pants this morning so how could this be. The problem is that you did not properly iron your pants, so those shiny spots showed up. I know it sounds crazy. However, there is a way that you can iron your pants without those shiny spots or crazy creases in numerous sections.
Check out these steps to never have shiny spots again!
Part 1: Preparation
1. Make sure your pants are clean. They should be free from dirt and stains before you start to iron. Check the care instructions on the garment tag of your pants. It will say whether if it’s unsafe to use an iron. It will also say what heat setting to use when ironing your pants. It’s safe to iron pants made from cotton, corduroy, denim, polyester, nylon, and wool.
2. Always use an ironing board for best results. An ironing board makes it simple to smooth any wrinkles away. If you don’t have an ironing board use a table with a fire-resistant tablecloth.
3. Fill up the steam compartment on your iron with fresh water. The water creates steam as you iron which is super helpful in eliminating wrinkles.
4. Choose Your Desired Temperature Setting. Turn on the iron and adjust the temperature based on the material of your pants. A general rule to follow is low heat for synthetic fabrics, low to medium for wools, and high heat for linen or cotton.
Part 2—Turn pants Inside Out to Iron
5. The Pockets. Each pocket is to be laid on the board flat and pressed. Wrinkled pockets can be seen through the fabric so it’s important to give them a quick iron.
6. Fly, Seams, and Hem. Iron the fly area of the pants, then the seams and hem of the first leg. Go back and forth for a nice, flat finish. Repeat on the opposite leg. Then turn pants right side out.
7. Waistband. Slip the waistband around the ironing board’s narrow end with the fly facing the floor. Iron the waistband rotating it around the board as you go.
8. The Legs. Fold the pants lengthwise to line the legs up and lay on the board. Flip one of the legs up to iron the inside of the bottom leg all the way up to the crotch. Flip the leg back down to iron the outside of that leg. Repeat this step on the other pant leg.
9. To Create a Front Crease. Align seams and lay pants on the ironing board. Iron directly over the edge of the legs. You can also give the legs a burst of steam along the edge while holding the iron a few inches above the fabric. Either will work!
10. Hang pants immediately. Allow the fabric to cool off and set before putting them on.
Don’t forget to pour out any excess water still left in the storage compartment of your iron. Leaving water in your iron could lead to mineral build-up, which could, in turn, block the steam holes at the bottom of the iron and, possibly, contaminate freshwater put into the iron, which could get on your clean clothes. It is important to do this after every use of the iron unless all the water turned to steam while in use.
Then, place your iron in a space free of flammable materials. You should double-check to make sure all settings are turned off. To make sure it is safe to touch, leave your iron for about 2 to 3 hours before attempting to put it away.