You’re set for a big interview with law job of your dreams. You have the suit and your belt matches your shoes. However, you have a wrinkly shirt. Don’t think you can hide the fact that your shirt is wrinkly by putting your suit coat over it. People can tell you have a wrinkly shirt on, which means the person interviewing you can tell that you have a wrinkly shirt on. In interviews, details matter. If you want the job, you better look like you have your act together, which includes a well pressed dress shirt.
The Iron Prep
- Set the iron temperature. For all cotton fabrics, set the temperature for high; lower for part (or all) synthetics. High temperatures can melt synthetics. You don’t want a melting shirt in addition to a wrinkly one.
- Iron on a padded surface. It makes ironing easier.
- Dampen the shirt. The key to good ironing is to have a slightly damp shirt. Take the shirt out of the dryer before it completely dries. If the shirt is already dry, spray a down with some water until slightly damp.
The Iron Plan
Don’t just iron randomly. It’s less efficient and less effective. Follow these 7 steps for ironing nirvana:
- Collar. Lay it flat, wrong side up, pressing from the points towards the center. Then press it on the right side.
- Yoke: The yoke is the panel that covers the shoulders. Lay it over the widest part of the ironing board to do the job.
- Cuffs: Iron the insides, then the outside.
- Sleeves: Smooth the sleeve flat with your palm and iron it, then flip it over and do the other side. Then do the other sleeve. Use the seams as a guide on how to flatten it.
- Back: Lay it on the wide part of the ironing board, too.
- Front panels: Start with the pocket, then do the panels. The little grooves on your iron help you press around buttons.
- Retouch: Retouch the collar and cuffs if they need it
The Iron Finish
Hang the shirt on a hanger. Don’t put it in your closet until it’s cool or it will just get wrinkly again.
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[tags]homemaking, clothing, ironing[/tags]