If ironing isn’t your strong point, the prospect of ironing shirts will likely fill you with dread. However, if you wear a shirt for work or another occasion, it is essential that it is properly pressed.
Perhaps you are ironing a batch of shirts for the working week ahead or ironing a shirt for a job interview, which The Prince’s Trust points out should be ironed well, or maybe you are ironing some Farah shirts to pack for a holiday. Whatever the occasion, it is worth doing the job properly.
Start with the Right Tools
Firstly, you will need a clean iron – any scuff marks on the plate could transfer to your shirt, making it immediately unwearable. The iron will need to be filled with water and set on
You can spray the shirt with water first if it is particularly creased. Start by ironing the collar on both sides, ensuring you press in the fold. Next, iron the yoke, which should be ironed after it has been carefully arranged on the ironing board.
Next, the sleeves should be ironed. The cuff buttons should be undone and ironed on both sides before the sleeve is ironed. The seam along the bottom of the sleeve should be ironed first to ensure the shoulder crease is ironed in properly.
The main body of the shirt will then need to be tackled. Firstly, the shirt should be placed face up with one half, both front and back, on the board. The material should be gently pulled with one hand whilst you iron with the other to avoid ironing any creases into the material.
The front of the shirt should then be turned away, exposing the back of that half of the shirt, which should then be ironed. The shirt should now be moved across the board and the other half of the back should then be ironed, followed by the final front section. Care should be taken around the buttons and button holes, as well as logos such as those present on mens Farah shirts.
Finally, the shirt should be placed on a hanger and left to cool before being either worn, placed in a wardrobe or folded.