How to Use Ironing Board like A Pro

How to Use Ironing Board like A Pro

Ironing boards aren’t new devices, they have been around for as long as irons have been. If you’ve never used an iron board before maybe it’s because you never had the need to.

But don’t worry ironing your clothes will soon become second nature to you. Let us help you learn how to use ironing board like a pro.

There are quite a number of different types of iron boards available for sale today. You have portable ironing boards, wall mounted ironing boards and table top ironing boards.

Once you know the differences in the types of ironing boards you will be better equipped to use the type of iron board that you have present at home.

The Portable Ironing Board

A portable ironing board is the most common type. These are the ones that are most often found in homes all around the world.

These are designed with foldable legs so that they can be broken down and stored away when not in use. They also help to save space and also give you the opportunity to iron in different rooms in your home.

These ironing boards usually have a lever beneath the surface that can be used to adjust the height of the board so that you can iron standing or sitting in a comfortable position no matter what your height.

The Wall Mounted /Stow Away Ironing Board

As the name suggests this type of ironing board is affixed to a wall in your home. There are different ironing boards in this category but they are all mounted to the wall.

It is designed to be folded away against the wall when not in use. This is a good choice if you have limited space in your home and if you don’t mind ironing in the same place each time.

These are typically shorter than your portable iron boards and so they can be mounted on a door or in a walk in closet or in a hallway. Mounting these in a closet, hallway or behind a door is a great place to keep them out of sight when not in use.

These are very easy to install as well so you don’t have to be a carpenter to get it installed if you choose this one.  These are a great choice for dorms and RV’s where there is not a lot of space.

The Table Top Ironing Board

This is another type of portable ironing board that is designed with short legs. It is not a freestanding model and so it must be placed on a table top as the name suggests. It is perfect for smaller homes and apartments and is great if you don’t have enough floor space to conveniently have a regular free standing ironing board.

Classic Ironing Boards

A classic board is a portable free standing iron board that is made with the traditional table and towel. These are very sturdy but they are not collapsible.

They can still be moved from one place to another though once you have enough space to move them around.

Advantages of the Different Types of Ironing Boards

  • Portable boards have foldable legs so they can be moved around easily
  • Portable boards can be adjusted to suit your height for sitting or for standing
  • Portable boards can be moved to closet or storage space when not in use
  • Wall mounted boards are easy to install`
  • Wall mounted boards are space savers and great for small areas
  • Wall mounted boards can be installed where they can be hidden when not in use
  • Table Top boards are very portable
  • Table Top boards are great for small spaces

Maintaining Your Ironing Board

Many modern ironing boards come with a washable and removable iron board cover. This is usually made with fabric that is both machine washable and dryer safe. You can spot clean the fabric if needs be with a damp cloth.

You should always ensure that your board cover is completely dry before you use it. Whatever you do ensure you read the care instructions on the cover you have at home to ensure you give it the right care to prolong its life and to maintain its quality.

Now that you know everything you need to know about ironing boards it’s time to get ironing.

Ironing a shirt can be done in under 5 minutes.

  • Start with the sleeves
  • Open the cuffs
  • Lay one sleeve flat on the board
  • Iron each sleeve and then move to the rest of the shirt

Ironing pants

  • Find the main crease by laying the pants flat on the iron board the way it would be folded over a hanger
  • Iron the crease up all the way to 6 inches below the waist
  • Hang by the waist for an hour so the creases set
  • If you don’t crease your pants the above step is unnecessary

Ironing Skirts

These are among the easiest things to iron especially straight skirts that have no pleats or ruffles. Just drape the skirt over the ironing board and iron from top to bottom.

General Tips for Ironing Your Clothes

  • Always look at the care tag of each garment
  • Use the correct temperature as noted on the care tag
  • Use an iron guard over delicate materials – you can use a cotton sheet if you don’t have an iron guard
  • Keep a spray bottle with water close by, for stubborn wrinkles or when you make mistakes with your creases a spray of water can help you get them out
  • If you have a garment with a care tag that has been removed or you can’t read it then you can just start out ironing at low temperature and increase the temperature as necessary as you go along
  • If you really hate to iron and don’t mind if your clothes are not professionally pressed the trick is to get them from the dryer while they are still hot and hang them up right away – no need to iron

There you have it, now you know how to use ironing board like a pro and know a lot more about ironing boards than when you started reading. Remember to always start out with low heat if you are not certain about a particular material and increase the temperature if necessary to do so.

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