Ironing may appear a simple task but it can destroy your clothing. You need to be careful with many factors such as type of fabric, nature of seams and stitches and length and thickness. Equally important is the type of embellishment, embroidery or patterns on the fabric. A lax behaviour in this regard can cost you an expensive piece of clothing. The lines below offer ironing guides for different fabrics.
You will not face many problems while ironing clothes made of cotton. You can use dry or steam iron at a medium high level for this purpose. There is also no need to iron on the false side. You can use the original side for ironing. You only need to be careful about the heat and time of ironing. Don’t iron the same spot for more than a minute as otherwise you may burn that garment.
Silk is a delicate fabric. Do not use steam while ironing garments made from silk. You can press on the original side but with medium heat. Do not iron on the front side if there is embroidery or embellishments on silk. It is better ironing it by turning the clothing upside down or using a layer of cotton to diffuse heat. You may otherwise permanently damage the intricate patterns.
Linen is little different from cotton. It is better ironing on the wrong side to keep the lustre intact.
You will need steam for woollen garments. It is also important to be gentle with them. Apply medium heat and keep an eye on the clothing to ensure that there are no burns or scratches.
Many clothing items are made of blended fabrics. When dealing with such garments, keep the heat in check. This will avert an ironing disaster where you may end up burning the fabric.
Ironing is a simple job. All you need is to be careful about the type of fabric and its ideal ironing temperature.