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Ironing

Mahirap talagang mamalantsa! Eto ang ilang tips para mapagaan ang pamamalantsa.Always remember:

  • Many laundry items can be taken off the line and folded away or hung on clothes hangers without the need for ironing.
  • Buying drip-dry fabrics reduces the need for ironing.
  • Using fabric conditioner in the final rinse of the wash cycle makes items easier to iron.

 

General ironing tips:

  1. Follow the garment care label instructions carefully.
  2. Remember that the iron's temperature takes time to change when you alter the setting. The indicator light appears when it has reached the right temperature.
  3. When lowering the heat setting, wait for the light to come on and then go off before ironing your clothes.
  4. In order to prevent ironing clothes with a temperature hotter than is suitable for a garment, sort clothes into piles of linen, cotton and synthetics.
  5. Set your iron to synthetics and iron the synthetics pile, increase temperature to the cotton setting for your cottons pile, and so on. By doing so, you will slowly increase the heat of the iron and will not need to wait for it to cool down. This minimizes the risk of ironing garments on very high temperatures.
  6. Avoid ironing over the top of sharp objects like zippers or buttons

 

How to avoid shine and iron marks:

  1. Use a well-padded ironing board, especially for wool.
  2. Iron inside and out whenever possible. Always iron delicate fabrics, inside out, on a low temperature setting.
  3. Use a press cloth such as a clean pillow case when ironing. For some fabrics like wool, use steam or press with a slightly damp cloth, using light pressure.

 

Temperature guide for different fabricsCotton: Iron slightly damp on the right side with hot iron.

Linen: Iron damp on the wrong side first, then on the right side to bring out the sheen, especially damasks and light-colored linens. Iron dark linens on the wrong side only.

Silk: Iron slightly damp on the right side with warm iron.

Wool (knitted): Turn the garment inside out and press dry or nearly dry on the wrong side with warm iron or steam.

Wool (woven): Press dry on right side with a pressing cloth to avoid scorching, using a warm iron or steam iron.

Acrylic: If needed, press on wrong side with cool iron. Do not use steam or damp cloth.

Nylon or Polyester: Iron nearly dry, on the wrong side with a cool iron to prevent glazing.

Acetate: Iron evenly damp, on the wrong side with a cool iron.

Caring for your iron - It is also important to look after your iron. Here's how:

  • Keep the flat ironing surface clean with a special sole plate cleaner (available from hardware stores).
  • If you have a steam iron, check for mineral deposits, which can cause brown spotting.
  • If you are using starch to stiffen your clothes, iron the starched items quickly. Do not have the iron too hot, or the starch will burn onto the bottom of the iron.
  • If synthetic fabric such as nylon is accidentally melted onto the sole plate, do not allow the iron to cool down, or it will set hard! Turn the thermostat to 'hot' and carefully use paper to wipe away the soft melted fabric, then clean the iron while the ironing surface is warm. As the iron will be hot, special care should be taken during this process.