A Guide to perfect ironing

For potential RN recruits - Shirt collars, silk and steamy pants: a beginner’s guide to perfect ironing

José Mourinho has said he doesn’t know how to iron – and when it comes to pressing things properly, he isn’t alone.
Here’s how the experts do it

José Mourinho famously brought style to the Premier League. “Every man should have a white shirt in his wardrobe,” he once proclaimed. “Sooner or later you will need it.”

It always seemed as if his perfectionism made him the sort of man who, despite his wealth, would take charge of his own wardrobe. There he would be, relaxing in front of Match of the Day, while methodically folding his charcoal cashmere jumpers and starching his blue shirts.

But explaining why he chose to live in a hotel while manager of Manchester United, he revealed himself as lacking in the domestic department: “I would have to iron, I don’t know how to.”

None of us do, do we? Lynsey Crombie, AKA Queen of Clean, answers some pressing questions.

How do you iron shirts?
Always start with the collar: start in the middle and work your way out because if you iron straight across it, you can get lumps and bumps in it. I don’t use starch. These days you don’t need to, as lots of shirts have collar stiffeners in them. Next, do the yoke – the part across the upper back and shoulder – then the sleeves, cuffs and main body. As soon as you’ve ironed it, get it on a hanger and hang it up with space around it.

What about iron fitted sheets?
I iron fitted sheets so they fit neatly into the cupboard. If you don’t iron them, you tend to screw them up and shove them in. The trick here is to fold the sheet in half, then into a quarter. I don’t bother to iron the elasticated bits separately; I fold it up, so the sheet becomes square-shaped, then iron it.

Should you use linen spray?
I don’t, but if I’m away without an iron, I make a spray from white wine vinegar diluted with warm water. Spray the garment, then pull it to get the creases out.

When do you change the setting on your iron?
I separate my ironing pile. I do my delicates first on the lowest setting, then work my way up to the items that need the hottest setting.

Which fabrics should you not iron?
I iron everything. Silk is the only one you need to be careful with; I put a tea towel on top to prevent damage. Be careful with lace or a netted feature on garments; iron those inside out or put a slightly damp cloth over the top. You might not have to iron it anyway.

Should you iron handkerchiefs and tea towels?
It’s personal preference. I think an ironed handkerchief looks nicer. I do iron tea towels sometimes, because then they fit in the drawer nicely.

How about a pleated skirt?
I do. Put it on your ironing board and rotate it, pressing each pleat once.

And pants?
No. I used to run an ironing business and people would give me their pants to iron, and it was disgusting. But it’s a personal choice. If you want hot, steamy pants, iron them.


PS This article swerves the burning Question 'What Iron will I need?'

Recent RALEIGH graduates have been remiss in sharing their experiences but the Search function might help with this once topical yet vexing subject.
 
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^Lynsey Crombie, AKA Queen of Clean showing a more seasonal use of the Ironing Board

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Dredd

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My life has been subtly enriched by this, even if it is by an infinitesimal amount.

Thank you.
 

SONAR-BENDER

War Hero
How do you iron shirts?
Always start with the collar: start in the middle and work your way out because if you iron straight across it, you can get lumps and bumps in it. I don’t use starch. These days you don’t need to, as lots of shirts have collar stiffeners in them. Next, do the yoke – the part across the upper back and shoulder – then the sleeves, cuffs and main body. As soon as you’ve ironed it, get it on a hanger and hang it up with space around it.
Well that's a load of bollix! As we all know that you MUST iron from the tips in, otherwise you can end up with a ridge - right beside where the beady eye of the inspecting officer checks to see if you are using a clip-on.

What? Me? (Hardly) never!
 

Taztiff

War Hero
I don't believe I actually read all those tips :rolleyes:

I've not ironed for years since Mrs Taztiff decided I couldn't do it right ;)
Nor painting the skirting boards :D

edited to say not ironed for years (blooming small phone screen()
 
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BillyNoMates

War Hero
I purchase irons (and ironing boards).
I fill the steam generator with water.
I put the ironing board away.
Haven't ironed a thing since June 1994.
 

Sumo

War Hero
Made the mistake of pointing out an error when my wife ironed an No 8 shirt once...

I've ironed my own stuff ever since :(
When I was first rated Sr she used to iron and starch all my shirts, didn't last long.
Buy all the easy iron shirts, take them out of the tumble dryer hot, straight onto an hanger, job done.
 
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