It doesn’t matter if you wear a shirt every day or once in a blue moon – knowing how to iron a shirt is a sartorial skill that every gentleman needs to perfect. To help you get it right, we’ve created this handy guide complete with step-by-step instructions and a short video that visually takes you through the whole process.
Before ironing your shirt, take a look at this checklist and make sure you have everything you need:
To avoid ruining your freshly cleaned shirt, ensure the base plate of your iron is free of rust or sediment. If you can’t tell, try using it on an old white cloth to see if it leaves any marks.
It’s important to wash any shirt before ironing it. If it’s still dirty, the heat from your iron could make stains permanent.
If you’re in a rush you may be tempted to use the nearest clean surface, however for the best results always use an ironing board.
If you live in an area where there is hard water, it could be a good idea to boil the water before you add it to your iron. Without boiling, you run the risk of blocking up the iron – thus leading to stains and reduced efficiency.
To start, unbutton your cuffs and begin ironing on the inside. Work your way to the outside, carefully ironing around (not over) the buttons.
To ensure a nicely pressed sleeve, make sure it is flat and smooth before you start to iron. Begin by folding the sleeve along the underarm seam with the sleeve guard facing upwards. Next, turn the sleeve and press the pleats – repeating this on both sides.
With all buttons undone and collar stays removed, put the collar up and start at the back. Once done, flip and repeat.
The yoke is found at the top of the back and shoulder section. To iron this part of the shirt, push the shoulders into the curved edge of the ironing board – start from one side and work into the middle. Next, turn the shirt around and do the other side.
Once both shoulders are ironed, move slowly downward. If there’s a centre pleat, be careful to iron around it, not iron it back in.
Once you’re happy with the back, feed the shirt around the ironing board and start on the front. Press carefully around buttons – using light spray or steam to remove any stubborn wrinkles.
Make sure your shirt is always perfectly ironed by watching this video.
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