Lighteninig the load
You are not alone… most people hate doing the ironing. So let us help make the job that little bit easier. As well as offering products to meet all your washing needs, Omo has some great tips for getting the best ironing results.
Lightening the load
To begin with, many items can be taken off the line and folded away or hung on clothes hangers without having to iron them. And buying drip-dry fabrics will also reduce the need for ironing as will using fabric conditioner in the final rinse of the wash cycle. There will of course be some occasions, though, when getting the ironing board out is essential. When this is the case, try and put these hints into practice:
- Follow the garment care label instructions carefully. Remember that the iron's temperature takes time to change when you alter the setting. The indicator light shows when it has reached the right temperature.
- To prevent ironing clothes with a temperature hotter than is suitable for a garment, sort clothes into piles of linen, cotton and synthetics. Set your iron to synthetics and iron the synthetics pile, increase temperature to the cotton setting for your 'cottons' pile, etc. By doing so, you will slowly increase the heat of the iron and will not need to wait for it to cool down. This minimises the risk of ironing garments using too hot a temperature.
- Avoid ironing over the top of sharp objects like zips or buttons.
Here's a handy temperature guide
Cotton: Iron slightly damp on the right side with hot iron.
Linen: Iron damp on right side with hot iron.
Silk: Iron slightly damp on right side with warm iron.
Wool (knitted): Turn the garment inside out and press dry or nearly dry with warm iron or steam.
Wool (woven): Press dry on right side with a pressing cloth to avoid scorching, using a warm iron or steam iron.
Acrylic: If needed, press on wrong side with cool iron. Do not use steam or damp cloth.
Nylon or Polyester: Iron nearly dry, on the wrong side with a cool iron to prevent glazing.
Acetate: Iron evenly damp, on the wrong side with a cool iron.