Ironing is a chore. It often feels time-consuming and tedious.
However, with the right technique, a few hacks and a good steam iron, you can transform this task into a quick and efficient process.
Top 15 Hacks for Faster Ironing
In this guide, we share expert tips and tricks on how to iron clothes quickly& without fuss.
#1. Choose the Right Iron
Invest in a good quality steam iron. This makes a significant difference to the speed and effectiveness of your ironing. Lots of steam, an easy glide soleplate and a lightweight handset are essential. Want to know more? Click here to see the best steam irons in the UK, compared.
#2. Timing is everything
Take everything out of the machine immediately after it’s finished. And give everything a shake before hanging.
#3. Plan Your Tumble Drying
If you use a tumble dryer, the same applies. Get everything out, straight after it’s finished. Ideally, everything should come out of the dryer (very slightly damp) immediately before you start ironing.
#4. Be ruthless!
Don’t iron everything! Clearly, stating the obvious but the fewer items you iron, the more time you’ll have to do other stuff.
#5. Sort and Prepare
Before you begin ironing, take a few moments to sort your clothes according to their fabric types and recommended ironing temperatures. This will enable you to set the iron to the appropriate heat level, avoiding any potential damage. Additionally, empty the water reservoir and refill it with fresh water to ensure a continuous supply of steam.
#6. Damp is good
Spray cotton & linen with water. It’s much easier to iron out creases from damp clothes.
#7. Don’t Skimp on the Ironing Board
Choose a sturdy board with a reflective & metallic cover. This should be padded with a smooth surface.
#8. Set Up Your Ironing Board
Organising your ironing space will streamline the process. Clear an area, ideally near a power outlet, and set up an ironing board at a comfortable height. To do this, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart & hold your iron flat to the ironing board with your elbow at 90 degrees – Then lower the ironing board by 10cm.
#9. Maximise Steam Efficiency
Steam is all important when it comes to quick ironing. Allow the iron to heat up properly, ensuring the steam function is fully activated. For optimal results, hold the iron slightly above the fabric and press the steam button intermittently as you move along. This technique helps to release wrinkles more effectively, saving you precious time.
#10. Master Ironing Technique
Start with garments that require lower heat settings and gradually work your way up. Begin with items like delicate blouses or synthetics, as they typically need less heat. When ironing, use smooth, fluid motions and apply gentle pressure. Avoid pressing too hard, as this can flatten fabrics and create unwanted shine.
#11. Effective Folding (although hanging is best)
To save time, employ proper folding techniques that reduce the need for excessive ironing. For example, fold clothes neatly after washing and hang them immediately to prevent excessive wrinkling. If necessary, lightly spritz water onto the fabric before folding to release minor wrinkles. Folding along natural creases and avoiding overcrowding in drawers & cupboards will help maintain the garments’ smooth appearance.
In some cases, you might not need to iron an entire garment. Spot-ironing is a useful technique to target specific areas. Lay the garment on a flat surface and cover the wrinkled area with a clean cloth or pressing cloth. Gently press the iron onto the cloth, focusing on the desired area. This method allows you to quickly fix wrinkles without going through the entire ironing process.
#13. What Not to Wear
Choose your clothes carefully. While a 100% cotton t-shirt always needs ironing, you can buy practically the same garment made from ninety-something percent cotton that will hold its shape and, best of all, doesn’t need ironing.
#14. Clean Your Iron
Most irons fail due to a build-up of limescale. Once this has happened, the iron needs replacing. However, regular cleaning avoids this and will keep your iron working as new, for years. (Check manufacturer instructions, they’re all slightly different.)
#15. Buy a Steam Generator Iron
Steam generator irons are expensive, but really do change everything. Significantly more steam and a light handset make ironing easier and much quicker.
Ironing clothes quickly doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Simply follow these expert tips and techniques, and you’ll streamline the process, saving time along with great results.
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