How to iron a shirt

A well-ironed shirt is a sign of a successful and prosperous man. Both women and men should possess this skill. The result can be achieved by anyone who gets acquainted with the simple rules for ironing men's shirts.

Preparing to iron the shirt

Each shirt requires attention and an individual approach. Therefore, it is important to prepare for the procedure.

Find out the composition of the fabric

First of all, you need to find out the composition of the fabric: different fibers in the structure require different temperature conditions, and some are contraindicated in washing.

Reference! The exact details of each product are contained on a label that is sewn into one of the side seams.

Particular attention is paid to shirts, which include synthetic fibers. Too high temperatures can damage their structure and ruin the shirt.

Cooking iron, ironing board and other accessories

In advance, you need to prepare everything that can come in handy during the ironing process.


We check the cleanliness of the soleplate, completely remove dust from it. When using an iron that does not have a non-stick coating, it is important to ensure that there are no deposits or other marks from previous use on the surface.


It is most convenient to iron a shirt on an ironing board. It is advisable to have a special board, which consists of two surfaces. The main one is used for ironing the shelves and the back, a small one is needed for the sleeves.

The fabric with which the boards are trimmed should be clean, without any signs of past ironing, otherwise under the influence of high temperatures stains may appear on the shirt.


You must have water at hand. When using an iron with a steaming function, water is needed to add to the tank. If the procedure is performed with a conventional iron, you need to moisten the shirt using a spray gun.


A plain towel of light colors (preferably white, you can use light beige, cream, etc.) can also be useful in the process of ironing. The towel must be made of natural fibers (cotton, linen). You may need a towel to soften the surface of the board. You can also iron a shirt through it, in which case you can be absolutely sure that it will not leave a divorce from water that has got on your shirt.

Advice! A towel can replace a small board when smoothing sleeves. It must be twisted in the form of a roller or folded several times so that the towel fits inside the sleeve.


In order not to worry about the safety of the product during ironing, it is best to use gauze. She will be able to reliably protect the fabric from a hot iron.

Choose the appropriate temperature

It is very important to adjust the iron to the desired temperature. There are two ways to do this.

By symbol on the label

Studying the label, we pay attention to the symbolic image of the iron. In this image, there are several dots inside the iron. Their number is not accidental: this is how different heating temperatures are indicated:

  1. temperature not higher than 110 °;
  2. can be heated above 110 °, but not more than 150 °;
  3. the product will withstand higher temperatures, the iron can be heated up to 200 °.

According to the composition of the fabric

  • 110 ° - products from fabrics with artificial fibers (polyester), silk or from crushed fabrics.
  • 120 ° - viscose shirts.
  • 150 ° - cotton shirts.
  • 170-180 ° - a fabric consisting of cotton and linen.
  • 210–230 ° - linen shirts.

Important! Silk and reaped shirts are ironed without steam, with minimal exposure to steam - products from artificial threads and viscose. Cotton can be ironed without steam, but steam processing will improve the quality of ironing. To smooth the linen, you need to moisten the product profusely.

Cooking shirt for ironing

Before you start ironing your shirt, you need to check whether all buttons are open, and also remove the seals, if they are in the corners of the collar. If the shirt is too dry, it is best to moisten it first. To do this, you can wrap it in a damp cloth or gauze and leave for 20-30 minutes. After that, you can proceed to ironing.

How to iron a long sleeve shirt

In the process of ironing a man’s shirt, it is important to follow a certain procedure for working with different parts of clothing. The general principle of action: the elements of the shirt are ironed, moving from small-sized parts to larger ones.

How to pet a collar

Start work with a collar. It is stroked from two sides: first, the wrong side, then the front. In this case, the iron does not slip arbitrarily, but observe the direction from the corners - to the center. Smoothing the collar from the face, they ensure that there are no wrinkles on it.

How to iron the sleeves

Short sleeves are easier to iron. On the board, the sleeve is neatly laid out so that the seam is up. He is ironed first of all, while they try to work with an iron only in the center so that an arrow does not form on the edges. Then turn the sleeve to smooth alternately the right and left parts from the seam, end with the central part.

Long sleeves are ironed in compliance with the specified basic principle - to start with a smaller part. Therefore, first proceed to the cuffs . The open cuff is laid out on the board with the wrong side up and carefully processed with an iron in the direction from the corners to the central part.

Regarding the ironing of the cuff on the front side, there are two opinions. Some believe that the main thing is to smooth the part from the inside out so that the front part becomes smooth and does not shine from the iron.

Another opinion - it is mandatory to stroke the face.

Each shirt owner can choose the option of smoothing the cuff. The main thing here is to take into account the peculiarity of the fabric and use gauze when ironing from the front.

Double cuffs are deployed, ironed, then carefully folded and held with an iron to fold.

Then the sleeve is ironed, following the same order: first, the seam, then the side parts around the seam and the center. The wrinkles on some long sleeves near the cuff are smoothed out, working only with the pointed nose of the iron.

How to stroke a sleeve without an arrow

The main problem that occurs when ironing sleeves is the appearance of arrows when ironing individual parts of the sleeve.

2 ways to avoid arrows:

  • when ironing each part of the sleeve, do not touch the edges with an iron;
  • Using a small ironing board to gradually smooth the entire sleeve.

How to stroke the main part of a shirt

The main fabric of the shirt begins to iron with the upper part of it. To do this, the shoulders and yoke are transferred to the rounded edge of the board so that the collar remains on the board, and the rest of the shirt hangs down from it.

Advice! While smoothing the yoke and each shoulder, the iron is held so that its side and collar are parallel to each other.

Then go to the shelf . Each of them is laid in front of them, leaving a collar on the rounded part. Start with a shelf that has buttons. Carefully iron this bar, using the iron nose to process the fabric around each button. The shelves are ironed from its upper part, from the seam with which the collar is attached. Gradually move the iron to the bottom edge of the shirt. To go to the back, you need to iron 2 side seams.

Pin ku is also ironed from the upper part (from the seam connecting it to the yoke), ending with the lower edge of the shirt.

Useful tips to help you iron your shirt.

  • To make the shirt easier to smooth, it needs to be dried on the shoulders, in this position the shirt will be less wrinkled and will not require significant ironing efforts.
  • Shirts should not be dried completely: shirts are ironed wet.
  • Dark shirts, as well as items sewn from shiny fabric, need to be ironed from the wrong side.
  • Having finished ironing all parts of the shirt, you need to carefully examine it. Sometimes small creases appear on the already ironed parts, which need to be ironed again.
  • In order to keep the ironed shirt unchanged for longer, it should not be worn immediately after ironing. Hang a shirt on a coat hanger, make sure to fasten the top button and leave it in this form for 30 minutes. After that, the shirt can be worn.

How to iron a shirt without an iron

Often when traveling, there is a need to put the shirt in order when it is not possible to use the iron.

In this case, many men are helped by unusual ways to smooth shirts.

Non-Spin Humidification

This method is used when washing shirts. When machine wash, set a program in which there is no spin mode. If the shirt is washed by hand, it also does not survive.

After rinsing, the product is gently hung on the shoulders above the bath and the fabric is carefully spread. The water will drain and the shirt will gradually dry without creasing.

You can simply soak a clean shirt in water for 20-30 minutes, and then also hang on the shoulders above the bath.

Body drying

Another common way is that the shirt is not completely dried on the shoulders, but put on wet. They fasten the shirt on all buttons, straighten it and wait for it to dry.

Steam smoothing

It is possible to influence fabric with moist warm air. To do this, the crumpled shirt is hung on the shoulders above the bathtub, in which hot water is poured. The doors to the bathroom are closed, and under the influence of steam, the folds on the shirt are straightened.

Compliance with the ironing order allows you to put your shirt in order in a short time.