Ironing a shirt might seem like a straightforward process—or you might be in that group of people who don’t even own an iron. Even if you feel relatively confident about your ironing capabilities, it’s not uncommon to end up with a few missed spots or wrinkles here and there. Luckily, Matt DeBord, iron enthusiast and senior editor of Business Insider, has the perfect way to iron a shirt, and he has shared his tips in this video so you too can have a wrinkle-free wardrobe (or stop spending having the cleaners iron your shirts for you).
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Here’s DeBord’s step-by-step process.
1. Make sure your iron is filled with water, at maximum steam setting, and set to the appropriate garment texture. Set your ironing board at waist height.
2. Begin with the collar and set it flat. Press down with the iron using gentle pressure, and then flip the shirt, folding the collar over and ironing again.
3. Move to the front of the shirt. Stretch it out a little, and lay it flat. Start at the seam and work your way across with the iron. Move over to the other side, again starting with the side seam. Make sure the iron point goes in between any buttons.
4. Next, do the back. The center of the collar should be at the point of your ironing board. Find a seam, and work your way down the seam to the bottom of the shirt. When you’re done with the middle and shift to the sides, make sure the side seam lines up with the side of the ironing board. Don’t forget the top back of your shirt.
5. Finally, move to the sleeves. Start in the middle and work your way out to the seams. Use the point of the iron to get into the hard-to-reach places. Then flip.