How to iron: FAQ

20/07/2012 | Posted in Ironing, Garment Care

We enlisted an ironing expert here at Morphy Richards to answer some of your frequently asked questions about how to iron.

I’ve ruined many items of clothing over the years by ironing them badly. The last thing was a favourite pair of black trousers which now look all shiny. Where did I go wrong?

This is such a common problem that we’ve all done at some stage. Luckily, the answer is very easy. In future, make sure you iron any dark garments inside out. This prevents the fabric from becoming ‘shiny’.

I iron several shirts a week to wear to work. I’ve mastered the art of ironing them, but they never stay crease free for long. Is there anything I can do?

All you need to do is use a squirt of starch to achieve that perfect crisp finish. Starch will give your shirts a more professionally finished look and should help them stay crease free for longer. But be careful – it can stick to the soleplate of the iron and burn, so iron quickly!

I never use the steam setting on my iron as I’m scared of ruining my clothes. When should steam be used?

Firstly, if you’re cautious about using steam, read the manufacturers information which came with your iron. Then, put water in your iron and do a few ‘test runs’ on a pillow case or tea towel. This way, you’ll become familiar with what your steam settings do and how it feels when you’re holding the iron. Most steam irons provide spray and a shot of water/steam, so try out both. All garments iron better when they are slightly damp, so if yours are already dry, use the water spray to dampen them. In general terms, you can use whenever you’re ironing non-delicate garments or household items.

My perfume leaves an ugly stain around white necklines. How can stop this happening?

This can be a real problem unfortunately, there’s no cure. The chemicals used in most perfumes will cause staining to clothes, most noticeably on light colours and whites. The best thing to do is not to wear perfume on the days you’re in white, or just dab a bit behind each ear, avoiding the neckline of your clothes.

If you’ve got a question about how to iron or anything else about your Morphy appliance or general domestic tips, get in touch and we’ll do our best to come back to you with answer.

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