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Home Ironing Essentials and Why You Need Them

Here at The Hanger Project, we help the well-dressed take care of their wardrobes. Of course, quality wooden hangers are critical, but so are many other things, such as the proper iron and ironing board.

These four items can cost as little as $200 or as much as a $1,000. The suitable combination for you depends on how often you iron your desired level of efficiency, and of course, your budget.

A proper home-ironing arsenal includes the following fundamental tools:

  1. A good, sturdy ironing board

  2. An iron that produces ample steam

  3. A spray bottle for water

  4. A pressing cloth

A good, sturdy ironing board

An ironing board is one of those items you purchase once in your lifetime if you make the right choice. My mother used the same ironing board for over 30 years by simply replacing the cover when needed.

To evaluate an ironing board, look for two things:

  1. It should be robust enough to withstand the pressure put on it by proper ironing (they call it pressing for a reason -- you have to press!)

  2. The ironing surface should be vented so steam can easily pass through the garment and the ironing board. Table are not suitable for pressing, because solid surfaces prevent the flow of steam through the garment.

An iron that produces ample steam

To press a garment, first relax the fibers to release any wrinkles. This is the purpose of steam and why plenty is required to properly press a garment.

A spray bottle for water

Spritzing a garment (especially shirts) before ironing helps further loosen the fibers to enable a crisp press. A spray bottle full of water can be used in lieu of spay starch.

A pressing cloth

One of the tools that a professional tailor uses to produce soft rolls when pressing is a Pressing Ham. A pressing ham is essentially a tightly stuffed pillow used as a three-dimensional pressing surface for forming collars, waistlines, darts, sleeves, and cuffs. More advanced ironers, such as tailors, use it to press shape into suit jackets.

For home use, it is particularly helpful pressing a nice, natural roll back into one's shirt collar. Since shirts are the majority of what people iron themselves, I consider this a must-have ironing accessory.

Finding the right accessory depends on what you plan to achieve by pressing at home. Discover the fine points on these essential items in our blog posts to come and arm yourself with valuable distinctions that will make your choice most beneficial.

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