The first known use of heated metal to iron clothes is thought to have occurred in China. The electric iron was invented in 1982 by Henry W Seeley. The “electric flatiron” was patented in 1882 on 6th June.
Ironing is important as it not only eliminates wrinkles and shrinkage, but it leaves clothes looking lovely and fresh. Ironing improves the clothes quality and having clean, fresh ironed clothes leaves you feeling more confident and better about yourself.
Ironing loosens the bonds and molecules in the fibres of the material. While the molecules are hot, the fibres are straightened by the weight of the iron; they then hold their shape as they cool.
Most ironing is done using an ironing board; this is a potable lightweight table with a heat resistant surface. Some commercial-grade ironing boards incorporate a heating element and a pedal-operated vacuum to pull air through the board and dry the garment.
Ironing a shirt step by step
1. Set up the ironing board and plug in the iron
2. Spray the shirt with water, start by ironing the cuffs
3. Press the sleeves
4. Iron the collar
5. Iron the from and back of the shirt
An iron can reach up to 400 degrees, but you must adjust the temperature for ironing different types of fabric, as a general guideline Linen should be no more than 230 degrees, Cotton up to 204 degrees and silk much lower at approximately 148 degrees.
To try and make ironing more fun, you could try putting some music on to help you get through it, and try and keep your ironing pile small so it doesn’t build up and take you hours, you could watch some TV as you are doing it to make the time pass faster.
Some people hate ironing as it is so time-consuming and no matter what they do they just do not enjoy it, so if you really can’t stand to do it , there are many companies out there that offer an ironing service where you can drop your ironing off and collect it later ironed and ready for you. Some even offer a collection and delivery service.