Ironing

By: Kara Schmidt

Ironing

the act or process of smoothing or pressing clothes, linens, and more with a heated iron.

Pressing

Pressing is the process of pressing the iron into the fabric, then lifting it back up to move across the fabric, then pressing it down again. By doing this you’re avoiding the continuous pressure and drag across the fabric which can stretch things out of shape and even distort the grain.

How you tell what to set the setting on your iron.

Look at your tag on the clothes you're ironing.
  • Ironing Guidelines

    Fabric Iron Setting Tips

    Acetate -1-Press on wrong side while damp.

    Acrylic-3

    Beaded-1-Place on plush white towel, press on wrong side.

    Cashmere - Do not press, steam only.

    Corduroy- 7- Place on plush white towel, press on wrong side. Use steam on front to refresh crushed pile.

    Cotton, lightweight -5

    Cotton, heavyweight-7-Press while damp.

    Damask-5-Use cloth between fabric and iron.

    Lace-3-Use cloth between fabric and iron.

    Linen-5-Iron on wrong side while damp.

    Nylon-1

    Olefin-3

    Polyester-3

    Ramie-3-Iron on wrong side while damp.

    Rayon-3-Iron on wrong side.

    Satin-3-Press on wrong side with cloth between iron and fabric. Use no steam.

    Sequined fabric-Do not iron, use light steam.

    Silk-3-Press on wrong side. Use no steam.

    Synthetic Blends-3

    Velvet-3-Place on plush white towel, press on wrong side. Use steam on front to refresh crushed pile.

    Woven wool-3-Use a damp cloth between iron and fabric. Iron on wrong side.

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