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Old 06-04-06, 07:08 AM   #1
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Question on Ironing Clothes

Just bought a couple of shirts and they are very difficult to iron, I mean they are very wrinkled. I spent 1 hour yesterday just to ironing these two shirts but spent 30 minutes ironing another 3 shirts. Is there anyway to make the ironing work easier?
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Old 06-04-06, 07:22 AM   #2
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The only question I have about ironing is directed to my wife:
"Could you iron this?"

However, cotton shirts iron much better if slightly damp. Three things (pick one):
*Remove them from dryer slightly damp
*Use a spray bottle filled with water to slightly dampen them
*Use a steam iron.

Male solution: Next time, buy a "permanent press" version, either cotton/polyester blend, or one of the "nanotechnology" treatments to make fabric easier to iron. 100% untreated cotton is a bitch.
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Old 06-04-06, 07:27 AM   #3
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Just bought a couple of shirts and they are very difficult to iron, I mean they are very wrinkled. I spent 1 hour yesterday just to ironing these two shirts but spent 30 minutes ironing another 3 shirts. Is there anyway to make the ironing work easier?
The easiest way is to take them to the drycleaners. You get them back ironed. Usually costs $1 to $1.50 for laundered shirts at most places.
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Old 06-04-06, 08:10 AM   #4
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Old 06-04-06, 10:06 AM   #5
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My old iron never got hot enough to take out wrinkles. I finally broke down and bought a new one. My Rowena was pricey, but it gets the job done.
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Old 06-04-06, 10:18 AM   #6
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Old 06-04-06, 02:32 PM   #7
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Ironing

People still do that?
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Old 06-04-06, 02:51 PM   #8
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I'm with Betho here.
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Old 06-04-06, 06:08 PM   #9
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You know, I take my work shirts to the dry-cleaners, but I'm finding doing so seems to make them wear much more quickly - especially around the collar.
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Old 06-05-06, 01:10 AM   #10
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I don't like the steaming iron, they seam to just leak all over. I'll use a water bottle to spray them down instead.
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Old 06-05-06, 02:06 AM   #11
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Try to buy wrinkle resistant shirts. You usually do still have to iron them but it's much easier.
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Old 06-05-06, 05:38 AM   #12
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Thanks for the advises. I wish I am rich enough to pay someone to do this for me.

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The only question I have about ironing is directed to my wife:
"Could you iron this?"

However, cotton shirts iron much better if slightly damp. Three things (pick one):
*Remove them from dryer slightly damp
*Use a spray bottle filled with water to slightly dampen them
*Use a steam iron.

Male solution: Next time, buy a "permanent press" version, either cotton/polyester blend, or one of the "nanotechnology" treatments to make fabric easier to iron. 100% untreated cotton is a bitch.
I have a steam iron but it is not effective enough so I soak the clothes wet and then iron. By the way, these clothes are 100% cotton. I had several cotton shirts that are very easy to iron. So, I always thought cotton shirts are a safe bet. How do I differentiate treated and untreated cotton?

I used to had bad experience ironing clothes made with cotton and spandex (sp) blend that I vow never to buy such shirt.

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Try to buy wrinkle resistant shirts. You usually do still have to iron them but it's much easier.
What are some good brand for wrinkle resistant shirts? I used to have a couple but they had many lint on them after drying.

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Old 06-05-06, 08:47 AM   #13
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Use spray starch instead of water.
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Old 06-05-06, 09:05 AM   #14
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Ironing

People still do that?
I certainly do. It's very relaxing.
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Old 06-05-06, 11:35 AM   #15
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1. wrinkle reistant shirts are the way to go!
2. If you must iron, a damp cold shirt will give you a nice finish--stick the damp shirt in the fridge for a few minutes. Seriously.
3. If you have your shirts cleaned, lay off the starch--it frays the collars and cuffs prematurely.
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I recently bought a couple Dockers short sleeve that are wrinkle resistant and seem to be doing ok
also in my closet that specifically say wrinkle resistant: Ivy Crew and Van Heusen
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Old 06-05-06, 06:17 PM   #17
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Dry cleaning is the way to go. At $1.50 a shirt, it's worth it to me and the wife to save the hassle.
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Old 06-06-06, 05:58 AM   #19
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I have a steam iron but it is not effective enough so I soak the clothes wet and then iron. By the way, these clothes are 100% cotton. I had several cotton shirts that are very easy to iron. So, I always thought cotton shirts are a safe bet. How do I differentiate treated and untreated cotton?
Soak? That may be a bit too much water. Dampen it down, don't dump your bathtub on it.
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