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Overnight Expert: How to Iron Your Dress Shirt

A crisp shirt goes a long way. Our expert shows you what to do with your crumpled up button-down once you pick it up off the floor.

How to Iron:

The Collar

Iron your collar first. Pop it, and start with the underside and iron from one side to the other. Then, flip the shirt over and do the same on the outside of the collar.

The Cuffs

“The cuffs of a shirt are most prone to dirt, so ensure the cuffs are totally clean before ironing, as the heat can turn everyday stains into stubborn ones.” Then, unbutton your cuffs and lay them out flat. Iron the inside of the cuff first, then the outside so you can move all the wrinkles to the edges of the fabric. Most importantly, don’t iron over the buttons.

The Front

Start with the side of the shirt that has the buttons and move your iron around the button area. Work from the top of the shoulder downward. Repeat on the other side.

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The Back

“Iron the back of the shirt inside out, and always apply maximum pressure for a short period of time,” says Ottaway. Start at the top and slowly slide the iron down to the bottom.

The Sleeves

The sleeves are the trickiest, so Ottaway recommends saving them for last. The key to ironing sleeves is to be sure that they are laying flat before you apply the iron.  Ottaway also suggests investing in a sleeve board to make things a bit easier. Take the sleeve by the seam and lay the whole sleeve flat on the board. Start ironing at the top of the sleeve and work your way down to the cuff. Then, turn the sleeve over and iron the back of it. Repeat this process for the other sleeve.

Finally, place the shirt on a hanger and put it in you closet so you don’t have to re-do all that hard work when it’s time to wear it.

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