As I went about my studies, there was a point where I needed to make some money; otherwise, I would be relying heavily on loans which is NOT good. The last thing on my mind would be to pay back that crazy high debt loan one day. So what did I do? I went to apply for a job. But before I could score a job, I would have to go through an interview process. This would mean that I would need to make myself look presentable and so I would need a suit or at the very least, a dress shirt, tie, and some dress pants. Some nice shoes, a belt, and a watch are a nice addition too.
I rarely wear those type of clothes though. I am the type to just wear athletic gear and I am satisfied. On some days I would wear a pair of jeans when I go out. Whatever professional clothes I had, they have not been worn for several years. The only time I would wear them would be for special occasions like weddings or professional school events.
Bringing them out, they would look really beaten up and have MANY creases. Even if I had the clothes, just the amount of wrinkles on it would get me rejected from the potential job position. What should I do? Iron them right? The clothes would then start to look quite nice and definitely much more professional.
My Experience with Ironing Professional Clothes
The Dress Shirt
- I really like starting with the arms. I would start from the shoulder and work my way down to the wrists. There is sometimes this annoying crease by the forearms so I work my way around it. If I am not careful, I may end up creating an unnecessary crease. Then I would have to spend some extra time UN-doing what I created.
- As I finish up the arms, I would work my way from the shoulders towards the center starting with the back and then to the front. The back sometimes has a few extra folds/ridges depending on the brand of clothing. Again if I am not careful, I may end up creating another crease.
- As I work my way towards the front, the area with the buttons is pretty easy since it is flat.
- From there I work my way towards the neck area. This is probably the hardest area to iron well. The iron is quite big for the collar area. The iron is great at removing wrinkles on flat areas but the neck is a curved type of fold which becomes tricky. You will need the pointy end of your ironing board but even then, it is still tricky.
The Dress Pants
- I start with the ankles and making sure the original folds align, or else I will create new creases, and work my way up to the waist one leg at a time. The groin area can be a bit tricky to iron since it is not a flat region compared to the legs.
- I also avoid ironing the straps where the belt goes through and around the waist. Seems like an insignificant area to iron anyway.
The Blazer/Suit Jacket
- I pretty much avoid ironing this unless there is a VERY noticeable crease. Even then I cannot completely remove the wrinkle.
- I rarely iron ties UNLESS I forget to undo them and there are terrible wrinkles on it. (There is a trick where you do NOT have to undo neckties)
The Limits of an Iron
The flat areas that can be ironed are pretty straight forward and easy. Just need to make sure the original creases are aligned before pressing or else you will create new creases that you will have to UN-do. Areas like the collar and armpit are a bit tricky due to the rounded design of the fold. The blazer is the most tricky since you can’t press hard or else you will create unnecessary creases. If anything, you can insert parts of the blazer into the pointy end of the ironing board and go from there.
Although I try pretty hard to get rid of ALL the wrinkles, there is always some areas left that are difficult to get rid of. At times, there are even folds/wrinkles on the flat, easy to reach areas that will just not go away. Of all the creases formed on my clothes, I can get rid of about 70-80% of it which is pretty good but it does take a considerable amount of time (and I am a bit of a perfectionist). Therefore, when I iron my clothes and notice all the wrinkles that do not go away, it becomes stuck in my mind and I am unable to UN-see those stubborn creases. It feels like a curse and is stressful. So what can I do?
An Alternative Wrinkle Removing Tool
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A friend showed me this device and it is a HUGE life saver: a steamer! This device helps get rid of I would say 80-95% of the wrinkles on my clothes. It is much lighter than the iron and uses water (to create the steam) versus metal which can potentially burn the clothes. In addition, you would not have to go through the trouble of bringing out the ironing board.
All you need is a coat hanger and a hook to hang your desired clothing. From there, add water to the steamer, power it on, steam your clothing, and watch the wrinkles disappear one by one (it is actually quite therapeutic!).
Recommendations and Tips
You may encounter some tough wrinkles to get rid of. There is where I would use the hook/coat hanger to my advantage. Since it holds onto one end of the clothing for you, you will just need to pull on the opposite end of the clothing. This would make the clothing taut which will allow you to press harder with the flat end of the steamer (where the steam comes out). I would also glide the steamer over the area multiple times and slower than usual.
I enjoy using the steamer so much that it pretty much got rid of ironing for me (and pulling out the ironing board). I do all of my steaming in my restroom where I have access to water. The only downside to this tool is having to replace the water every so often. The good thing is that it takes only about 1-2 min for the steam to be generated. This is enough time to prepare the next few sets of clothes for the steam session.
Ironing clothes can be a burdening chore but it is something that needs to be done so that we can maintain professionalism at work, school, or just about anywhere. Regular ironing can become frustrating especially if you run into difficult wrinkles to get rid of.
Some ironing devices have a slot where you can add water which essentially acts like a steamer, but if you do not clean it regularly…it can leave behind a nasty looking gunk on your clothing. This because you are adding water from the top and it works its way downward so whatever residue forms along the way or over time, will also follow wherever gravity goes (and that’s onto the clothing).
The steamer, on the other hand, holds the water at the base of the device and works its way upward out of the device. Once you get used to steaming clothes, it becomes quite a therapeutic process as you watch the wrinkles disappear. The wrinkles can be like our daily stressors of some sort. Good luck with your future (or current) endeavors and removing those wrinkles on clothes!
Did you enjoy this life hack on how to get rid of wrinkles on your clothes if iron does not seem to work well for you? Please leave a comment below!