MAKE IT LAST | IRONING 101

KNOW YOUR IRON


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One of the most important methods of preserving clothing is understanding how to use your iron. Not paying enough attention to the care labels or incorrect ironing techniques could lead to irreparable heat damage or ironing fabrics that are not meant to be pressed.
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Here are our tips to knowing your iron better and making your clothes last longer:
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1. Read the care labels: most of the clothes we buy have instructions printed on care labels indicating how that particular garment must be cleaned. Usually the icon of old-fashioned iron is used as a symbol for ironing. The number of dots within the iron are indicative of temperature setting - one dot for low heat, two for medium, and three for high. An iron with a cross over it indicates that the garment should not be ironed.
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2. Identify you fabrics: different fabrics require different ironing techniques and temperatures. Some fabrics like cashmere and velvet require no ironing, while some like silk and polyester require gentle pressing while still damp, and others like cotton and linen require ironing at high temperatures with generous steam and spray. Understanding various fabrics and the techniques required to iron them will ensure that your garments look crisp and clean.
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3. Sort out your ironing: if you are ironing your you garments in one batch, it is best to sort the garments fabric-wise. That way, you can start by ironing the clothes that require a lower heat setting, and keep increasing the temperature gradually as you go along.
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IRONING EMBROIDERED GARMENTS

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Most of us own certain garments that may be embroidered, which require special attention while ironing. Embroidery is delicate and can be easily damaged by direct heat from the iron.
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Therefore it is advisable to iron embroidered clothing inside out with the embroidered side placed over a plush towel.
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To go a step further, another towel can be placed between the fabric and the iron. The towels protect the embroidery from direct heat and hard surfaces, saving it from damage.
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IRONING ALTERNATIVES


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While ironing does require a lot of time and energy, there are certain alternatives to breaking out your iron every day.
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A hand-held steamer is a great alternative for delicate fabrics. A variety of options are available and they are quick, portable, and easy to use making them a great substitute, especially while travelling.
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A great way to smoothen out creases in certain garments, like t-shirts and jeans, is to hang them in the bathroom while showering. The steam and heat from the shower should freshen up and smoothen out your clothes in a pinch! (please note: this is just a quick fix for a few garments)
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