Not all clothes are made of the same materials. That means that you need to apply different methods and techniques of ironing depending on the material. If you wish to find out how to iron all your different types of clothes efficiently follow these guidelines.

Ironing a Blouse

Clothes pieces like blouses should be ironed in sections. First, do the sleeves, cuffs and collar. When you are done with these smaller sections, continue ironing the larger areas, i.e. the back and the front. If the blouse you are ironing has additional tiny details such as pleats or ruffles, leave those for the end and slowly and carefully iron around them. When dealing with the smallest sections use the very tip of the best garment steamer –

Dealing with Zippers and Buttons

Most zippers are made of some kind of metal, but there are plastic ones too. If you go over them with the iron you are going to melt them almost instantly and ruin the area around them. On the other hand, most buttons are plastic and they will react the same when ironed. That being said, you should always avoid ironing over zippers and buttons.

Ironing a Shirt

Before ironing a shirt, you should first prepare it by dampening it a little. The first thing to go over with the iron is the collar, from the inside. Next come the sleeves and cuffs. Continue with the ironing by placing the shoulder of the shirt on the board. Iron the shoulders and partially the back. Flip the shirt over and iron the front, but from the inside. Do that on both left and right side of the shirt. Sometimes during the ironing the collar and sleeves may get wrinkled again, so, if needed, go over them again.

Naturally, you wouldn’t want your shirts to wrinkle immediately after you’ve ironed them. To avoid that, make sure you hang them on a hanger and place them in the designated closet space.

Get an Ironing Board

Some people will argue that an ironing board is not necessary for proper ironing. Sure, you can iron clothes on your bed or any other flat and smooth surface, but the result will not be as good. Ironing board is very useful, especially when you regularly have to iron a lot of clothes. It will also save you a lot of time and will not tire you as much as when ironing on the bed.

The Material of the Ironing Board Really Matters

The condition of the ironing board, as well as the material covering it can really make a difference for efficient ironing. Aside from the conventional cotton covers, there are silicone and Teflon coated iron board covers available. Both have advantages over the other. For example, the silicone cover will be smoother, and the Teflon one will hold heat more efficiently.

Maintaining the Iron

Like any other device in your home, the iron needs to be properly maintained for it to keep its efficiency. No matter how careful you are, it’s inevitable that sometimes you will stick some plastic or other material on the ironing plate. Have a rag which you will use only for cleaning the plate.