How To Iron Your Suit – 2 Easy Ways To Get Wrinkles Out Of Suits
And you have to do it right.
Knowing how to iron your suit is essential.
Wrinkled suits look sloppy and make you look lazy.
But it doesn’t have to be all bad.
There’s a certain satisfaction that comes from pressing out creases. A freshly pressed suit makes you feel good. And if you feel good, you perform better.
If you wear suits on a regular basis, you need to learn our 2 methods for getting out the wrinkles.
Let’s get down to method 1 for making your suit look sharp.
#1. How To Steam A Suit
I won’t get into the steamer vs iron debate here – but if you don’t want to IRON your suit you can use a garment steamer or even the steam from your steam iron instead. Hold the iron a short distance from the clothes and use the steam option.
Before you do anything, ensure your jacket and trousers are clean. Give them a once over and lightly remove any dirt or stains with a damp cloth. The heat from the steam can seal in dirt and stains, making them impossible to get out later.
It’s important to ensure you only use distilled water in your steamer to avoid sediment damage.
Now visualize your garment as a series of sections and methodically steam each section, one at a time. Gently pull the fabric flat with one hand and slowly move the steamer up and down the wrinkle with the other. If the wrinkles aren’t coming out, you may be moving the steamer too quickly. Take your time to ensure the best results.
Be precise and only steam where you need to do. Over-steaming can lead to damage and your jacket losing its shape, particularly around the seams.
Remember – steam is very hot! It can burn your skin and your suit – so be careful when you’re starting off.
#2. How To Iron Your Suit – Pressing
If you use the pressing method, use a pressing cloth – a white cotton sheet works perfectly – to protect the garment.
Use the iron to gently press on the wrinkles for a few seconds at a time. Don’t leave it on for longer and don’t be tempted to slide the iron along the fabric. Doing so can result in unsightly shiny marks.
The areas which often need attention are the jacket back, the elbows and the front. We recommend sticking to these and leaving the other areas to a professional.
To iron the back, lay the jacket out flat on the ironing board. Focus on the wrinkles and begin to press them out carefully. Take care to ensure the suits vents are aligned if you are pressing them.
When pressing the sleeves, keep to the middle to avoid creating an unwanted crease (looks great on dress shirts but not so great on jackets).
To iron trousers, lay them flat on the ironing board, ensuring sure the seams are aligned and the fabric is as smooth as possible. Now focus on one leg at a time: start at the bottom of the leg and press a crease on the front and then once on the back, and then repeat this process at the top of the leg. You now have beginning and end points so you can gently press (remember, don’t slide!) all the way down to form a crease. Then focus on smoothing out any other wrinkles before moving on to the other leg.
And there you have it. Remember – always read the label. Different materials all react differently to heat so when you’re starting off, be cautious. It’s much better to use a lower temperature than risk burning your suit, or yourself.
With a bit of practice, you’ll soon have this chore down to a fine art. And that’s great because let’s face it: we’ve all got more pressing matters to attend to.
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