The dryer is a wonderful invention that cuts down on your laundry time significantly, but it can also cause wrinkles in your clothes if you don’t have the time to remove them immediately once they are dry. Of course, wrinkles aren’t a death sentence for your wardrobe when you know how to use an iron properly. You may notice that dress clothes like skirts wrinkle a little easier than your everyday cotton, so it is important to know how to keep them looking neat and wrinkle-free so you can get a clean, crisp look at the office or on a date.
While you might think that all you need are an iron and an ironing board, you actually want a few other items to help make your skirt look its best. A spray bottle filled with water will allow you to mist your clothes instead of having to use the steam function on the iron. Buy an empty spray bottle just for this task so you can be sure that no other chemicals get sprayed onto your clothes. In addition, it helps to use clean drinking water since tap water may contain extra particulates that may harm your clothing. Finally, you will need a press cloth, a dye-free cloth that you put between your iron and delicate fabrics, so they don’t get damaged by the direct heat.
Before you begin to iron your skirt, take a look at the care tag. Most care tags give you valuable information about the type of fabric in your garment and the best methods of care to keep it looking nice year after year. The fabric in your skirt will affect what heat setting you use. Delicate fabrics like silk and rayon must be ironed at low heat and with a press cloth to avoid damage. Heavy-duty fabrics like cotton and linen can withstand higher heat temperatures. You may even find that a hotter temperature is the only way to get out tough wrinkles. If your fabric is not dry clean only, then lightly mist it with water before you begin to iron out the wrinkles.
Start with the waistband of your skirt, making sure it is ironed flat. If the fabric irons in such a way that wrinkles are unavoidable, move them as close to the seam as you can. Once you have the waistband ironed, gently start working the wrinkles out of the main part of the skirt from top to bottom. Finish with the hem to make sure you look great from top to bottom. If your skirt has ruffles and flounces, start by ironing the bottom flounce from top to bottom and the bottom flounce’s hem, and then repeating those steps with each flounce in order, working your way from bottom to top.
If your skirt needs a little more structure, you can add some starch to it to help it hold its form. Spray the starch on before ironing and keep it light; too much starch can flake and feel uncomfortable against your skin. Whether you need starch, a stand-up ironing board or an iron that can handle the toughest jobs, turn to Sears. We have a great variety of affordable irons and other garment care items that keep you looking fabulous day after day.