Let’s face it: Dry cleaning can get expensive. And shirts that claim to be “no iron” rarely have that crisp, professional look a well-dressed man wants. Here are our top tips for ironing men’s dress shirts for that fresh-off-the-laundry-press look.
A man is only as good as his tools – or so the saying goes. Shop for an iron that has the heat and features you need for a perfectly pressed shirt. Here are the things to look for in a high-quality iron:
It’s tempting to throw a towel on the nearest flat surface and use it as a make-shift ironing board. Don’t do it. An ironing board is a must for an even pressing. Don’t worry about space because ironing boards fold up for easy storage. Invest in a quality ironing board pad with a snug fit for a smoother surface.
Store your ironing gear in the area where you plan to iron. This way you won’t have to lug it out every time you iron a shirt. Get set up to iron with these three steps:
Follow these steps for a perfectly ironed man’s dress shirt:
Iron the Collar: Lay the collar flat and iron the underside first. Press from one point to the other to eliminate the wrinkles. Then iron the outside.
Iron the Cuffs: Unbutton the cuff and lay it flat. Iron the inside first and then the outside. Never iron over the buttons, as they can melt.
Iron the Shirt Front: Lay the button side of your shirt front over the point of your ironing board. Use the iron point to get between the buttons and then move up to the shoulder and work your way down. Repeat on the other side.
Iron the Back: Place the sleeve head over the square edge of the ironing board nice and flat. Start at the yoke and work your way down. Then shift the shirt to the other shoulder and repeat. Watch for any pleats in the center of the shoulders.
Iron the Sleeves: This is tricky! The sleeve must be perfectly flat on both side. Smooth the fabric and keep adjusting until you don’t feel any creases. Don’t start ironing until you have both sides evenly laid out. Look for the crease at the top and use it as a guide. If you don’t see a crease, use the seam. Start at the shoulder and work down to the cuff. For best results, do both sides of the sleeve and then repeat the process with the other sleeve.
Hang Your Shirt: Assess your shirt for any missed wrinkles. Iron them if needed, and then hang the shirt up.
If you’re like most men, you iron a dress shirt about 3 minutes before you need it. We get it…life gets busy. But you should never wear a dress shirt immediately after ironing it. This is a sure-fire way to immediately re-wrinkle your shirt. Instead of ironing your shirts at the last minute, right before you get dressed, iron them the night before and hang them overnight.
Ironing your own shirts keeps you looking smart and reduces your laundering costs. You can also prevent damage to shirts by using an Ejis sweat proof undershirt to avoid sweat stains. Check out our line of products here.
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