I love nothing better than putting up the ironing board on a rainy afternoon and popping on a good old Rom Com and getting stuck right in to my ironing. But not everyone finds ironing as pleasurable as me. Some of my friends absolutely hate ironing and will leave it weeks before they get their ironing board out and then they end up with a huge pile that can take them hours.
When Jakey was a baby, so that I could be at home with him I used to run a ironing business where I would collect peoples ironing and return to them within 24 hours. At one point single handily I was collecting 54 baskets a week and was ironing from the moment I got up to the moment I went to bed with manic cleaning sessions and the school run in between. So my love of ironing soon deteriorated and my son didn’t get the time and attention he deserved..
But times have passed I am back into my career and back into loving a 2 weekly ironing session a week.
With ironing always remember:
That not every single item of clothing needs ironing. Some clothing can be taken straight off the washing line and hung on a hanger and put away straight away so its important to know what these items are and not fold them into the ironing basket where their need for ironing becomes worst.
Always use a good fabric condition as this can help decrease creases.
Check the care labels in the garments and then split into temperature piles.
Invest in a good steam generator iron as this really will speed the process up and you will be surprised at the amount of time you save.
Use a well padded ironing board cover and change this on a regular basis
Iron delicate fabrics inside out such as, silk, satin, linen and corduroy and also on items that sometimes are left with shine. These great little cloths from Minky helps prevent shine. http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/minky-ironing-pressing-cloth-356903 they also protect iron soleplates.
Take your time to ensure the garment has been stretched flat across the ironing board. This will save you some time in terms of re-ironing wrinkles that you put in. As you iron, make sure to iron clothing evenly with smooth, careful strokes. Always remember to keep the iron moving. Stopping at any point could burn your clothing.
If you can hang the items straight onto hangers whilst ironing then do, I picked up these great over the over the door hooks from the Minky range in Homebase. Link Below.. Then you can just carry them straight to the relevant wardrobe without them getting creased again. http://www.homebase.co.uk/en/homebaseuk/minky-handy-hanger-328796
Make sure you keep your iron away from small children, irons can get very hot and cause injury.
Let your iron cool of before you put it away.
Hope these simple guidelines help you with your ironing, and just remember do a little often to save the big build up and then you may find it more enjoyable.
Thanks for reading
Queen of Clean xoxox