Ironing is my least favourite household task. I would much rather be hoovering the floor or washing up than standing for what seems hours on end ironing clothes. But I do ha to admit that the Farah Shirts I bought my partner from E J Menswear look amazing when they have been freshly pressed.

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Did you know there are a number of things that you should do to ensure that you get the best out of your iron and have your clothes looking smart? The simplest start is to make sure that your ironing board is set up correctly and standing straight as well as any cover, you have over the board settled flat so that you don’t have any creases or bumps in the material when you pass the iron over the top of it. You should also make sure that the base of our iron is clean to make sure that you are putting any oil, grease or other items onto the garment as you iron it. You should also check the garments before you run the iron over them in case there are any stains that have not been removed during washing. If you apply heat to any stains on fabrics, you will find that they become set into the fibres, and it becomes harder to remove them.

Each fabric type will require a different heat setting and you can ruin some fabrics by having the temperature on too high. It is always best to check the labels on any clothing items to make sure that you have the iron on the right heat. One of the best ways to make the most of your time is to pre-sort your garments into the relevant temperatures and work from those needing the coolest temperatures and the gradually increase the heat on your iron for those garments that need the higher heats.

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If you find that you have stubborn wrinkles and creases in your clothes, then spraying a small amount of starch on the area before the pass the iron over the top of it. Another quick trick to make sure that you don’t end up with pocket outlines on your clothing is to turn the pockets inside out before your iron over the whole area. When it comes to hems, collars and cuffs it can be difficult to get them to lie flat. The best way to do this is to iron the back side of these areas first.

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