As a member of staff in a private household, one of the most important jobs you’re likely to conduct on a day-to-day basis is ironing. It’s a skill you will want to master fairly quickly to ensure that all your employer’s clothes are to the standard they will expect. To help you get it right every time, here’s our top three tips for ironing a shirt perfectly.
Set up the tools
Firstly you will need an ironing board and iron. For the ironing board, you need to make sure it is set at around waist height and with the wide end to the right if you are right handed – vice versa for those who are left handed. Use the guide on your iron to get the perfect temperature for the garment you’re planning to iron; this is very important because otherwise it may burn if the heat is set too high.
If you really want to make sure of a crisp shirt, either iron whilst it is damp or get it wet slightly by spraying it with water prior to ironing. You could even spray the shirt and then leave it in a towel for 10 minutes – only if you have the time of course.
Start with the collar, yoke and sleeves
Laying the shirt right side up, spread the collar out and iron the underside first while pressing the pointed edges into the middle. Now turn the shirt over and repeat before folding the collar down to its normal position.
The yoke – the section of the shirt around the shoulders and upper back – is the next place to start, and by using the pointed edge of the board, pull the shirt up the board until the yoke is flat. Iron half the yoke and then transfer the shirt over in the same manner to iron the other half.
Now the sleeves should be ironed, done so by lying flat and ironing down towards the cuffs. Make sure you do both sides and get rid of any noticeable creases.
Iron the rest
Place the left side of the shirt onto the board until the tapered edge slips into the sleeve and iron carefully towards the bottom of the shirt. Once all creases have been removed, continue in the same manner for the right side, back and front, before fixing directly onto a hanger.