Care & Maintenance
On the body and soleplate: Use a soft damp cloth and wipe the iron clean. DO NOT use any household cleaners, solvents or harsh abrasives. You can also purchase quality soleplate cleaners designed for this specific purpose.
Steam chambers: Most will have self-cleaning features. Please refer to your instructional manual for proper guidance. Recommended self-cleaning frequency is at least once a year, but no more than once a month.
It's getting HOT in here. Check out some of these key features when choosing an iron:
Anti-calcium filter: Plain and simple, this helps prevent mineral build-up for maximum efficiency and a prolonged life for your iron. Irons with an auto-clean feature typically offer this feature, too.
Anti-drip: Delicate clothes require a delicate setting. If you find yourself using these settings, this feature is great. It controls spitting and leaking from steam vents to protect fragile fabrics and garments.
Anti-skid bumpers: This feature helps when your iron is upright. It ensures stability and security when the iron is left in this position.
Auto-clean: What's not to love about this feature? Having an iron with auto-clean prevents the build-up of minerals, lint and impurities in the steam chamber so you have the proper heating capabilities throughout the life of your iron.
Auto shut-off: If you're always in a rush and leave the house wondering whether you left the iron on, look for this feature. It will automatically shut off the iron, so you don't have to worry about it.
Cool mist: Have a tougher fabric like denim to iron? This feature will dampen it with a cool mist to get out even the most stubborn wrinkles.
Intra-steam: A technology used that delivers steam in powerful bursts to penetrate fabrics. It pulses steam to create the perfect cycle for great results when pressing.
Nonstick: A feature found on the soleplate that prevents starch residue from building up, making the iron easier to clean. It allows the iron to move smoothly on fabric for top speed and performance.
Smart Steam: Don't know how to use steam settings? This wonderful feature automatically adjusts steam for any temperature setting so you get perfect results every time.
Soleplate: The heat plate of the iron. The wider the better to let you cover more area quickly. Stainless steel is your best option because it's tougher against corrosion and rust.
Stainless steel: The ideal surface for a soleplate because it's durable and scratch-resistant. Highly polished stainless steel makes for effortless ironing.
Steam: The feature that distinguishes from the basic iron. Steam is key to removing the tough wrinkles out of clothes. Advanced irons will even provide a vertical steam feature so you can get wrinkles out of drapes and clothes that are hanging.
How to Iron a Dress Shirt
Check the tag. Some dress shirts list detailed care instructions on their garment labels, including iron heat settings for optimal wrinkle removal.
Begin with the collar. Lay your dress shirt flat on its back with the collar flipped up. Pass over the collar several times with your iron, flip your shirt over and repeat process.
Stretch one sleeve flat on its back half, ironing out wrinkles. Repeat on front of the sleeve. Then, flatten the unbuttoned cuff across your ironing board and remove creases. Use this same process on second sleeve.
With your shirt unbuttoned, lay the back flat on your ironing board. Iron out wrinkles, then proceed to both sides of the chest.
Button the top collar and center placket button to reduce the chance of wrinkling while in your closet.
How to Iron Dress Pants
Double-check the tag. Some synthetic materials are prone to damage when heated.
With the pants inside out, iron the waistband, pockets, fly, seams and hems, in that order.
Turn the pants right-side out and iron the circumference of the waistband, along with any pleats across the front.
Lay the pants with the inner seams together across your ironing board, lining up creases and cuffs. Iron the length of the exterior seam.
Fold the top leg up, exposing the inner seam of the bottom leg and iron this seam. Turn your pants over and repeat this and the previous step.
Hang your pants immediately from a pant or suit hanger to reduce the chance of wrinkling while in your closet.
How to Iron a Skirt
Turn skirt inside out, pressing the liner and hem flat.
Flip skirt right-side out, slip over the ironing board and iron the entire circumference of the exterior. Take special care to keep pleats pressed when necessary.