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Need to look sharp for your next meeting or engagement? Take a look at your shirt or blouse. Wouldn’t it look a million times better if you pressed it? Well, here’s how:

You’ll need:

An ironing board or flat counter with a towel on top

An iron

Distilled Water

Shirt or blouse


First, prepare the counter top by evenly spreading a layer of towel on top. Or better yet, unfold the ironing board close to an electrical outlet. Next, check to see if your iron needs to have distilled water added. The water will allow steam to form as you iron. Usually you add a small amount of water to the opening at the top of the iron. Check the manufacturer’s instructions.

Plug the iron in and turn it on to a lower perma-press setting, keeping the iron standing on it’s heel until you are ready to use it. It takes about 3 minutes for an iron to warm up. If you find that you need to, you can always set it to a hotter level, later. Always keep hot irons away from children and pets. Never touch the hot surface to your skin. Always let the iron cool in a safe place before storing in again.

Next, spread the collar of your shirt out smoothly on the ironing board. Always start by ironing the collar first. Hold onto the collar with one hand while holding the iron handle with the other and pressing it from the middle of the collar outwards until no creases are apparent. Be sure to keep the iron moving in slow strokes. If the iron stops too long in one place, it could burn the surface it is pressing. Now, stand the iron on it’s heel, again, as you move to the next portion of the shirt.

Next, carefully spread one sleeve at a time on the ironing board. You’ll want the underseam of the sleeve to be at the bottom and then the center crease that you create will run nicely from the shoulder to the wrist. Hold onto the sleeve with one hand while pressing carefully with the other hand on the iron handle, running the iron from shoulder to wrist, several times, until all wrinkles have disappeared. Now, stand the iron on it’s heel, again, as you move to the next portion of the shirt.

Last, smooth the body of the shirt out, one section at a time, on the ironing board. Hold onto the shirt with one hand while holding the iron handle with the other hand as you use the iron to press out any wrinkles in smooth strokes along the shirt. Be sure to keep the iron always slowly moving. When you are finished with the iron, stand it on it’s heel and unplug it so that it can cool down. Once the shirt is pressed, hang it up right away on a closet hanger. Now, you’re ready to look your best when you wear it at your next meeting