Linen is a unique fabric. It’s lightweight and the breathable fibre weave has moisture-wicking abilities, making it ideal for warm weather. Linen garments are available in both casual and formal styles. It’s fairly cheap and it’s quite durable.
Although the fabric has a lot to offer and it’s a favourite for many, it also has some downsides. It tends to shrink. It also wrinkles quite easily and it can be a bit of a challenge to iron well. Here are some tips to help you master the art of ironing linen fabrics.
Moisture is vital
The biggest tip for better linen ironing is to invest in a steam generator iron. Linen needs a lot of heat and a lot of steam and only a quality steam generator iron can offer what you need. With linen, it’s also a good idea to make use of a spray bottle.
It can really help if your linen fabric is damp before you even begin the ironing process. Spray the fabric with a spray bottle full of water, maybe even a bottle of DIY scented ironing water to add a pleasant aromatherapy experience.
Invest in a sturdy ironing board
Ironing linen requires some pretty serious commitment to the ironing stroke. Strong and steady strokes are required to get the best results with linen. If your ironing board isn’t up to the job, your linen won’t look as good as it could otherwise.
To iron linen, you should really invest in a sturdy ironing board. If you’re using a steam generator iron then an extra large ironing board designed for a steam generator iron is the best option as it will give you more surface area to work with.
Use a pressing cloth
The strong, steady strokes needed to press linen appropriately can sometimes lead to an unattractive shine. To prevent ruining your linen by giving it a shiny finish, try using a pressing cloth. You can purchase these or just use any piece of 100 percent white cotton you have on hand. Simply put the pressing cloth in between the iron and the linen.
You’ll still get the heat and the steam that you need to remove the creases from your linen but you won’t get that ugly shine. A pressing cloth is particularly important to use when your linen fabric is dark. A dark colour will tend to get the unwanted shine finish much more easily.
Keep the iron’s movement constant and steady
Never let the iron linger in one spot for even a moment. Keep the strong and steady stroke going continuously.
Use music to help
Believe it or not, listening to music can really help to keep your stroke steady and constant.
Just choose music with an upbeat tempo. A couple of examples are “Stayin’ Alive” or “Eye of the Tiger.” Just choose a fast song by your favourite singer or band.
A steady, upbeat tempo will automatically cause your motion to have a more steady rhythm. This may well have the added bonus of putting you in a better mood than you might typically be while ironing.
Hang to dry
Because ironing linen requires a lot of moisture, the clothing will likely still be damp when you are finished ironing. For best results, hang to dry in an uncrowded space. Never put on a piece of damp linen clothing.
You should always wait at least 15 minutes before putting on a piece of freshly ironed linen. Putting it on too soon will probably result in much worse creases and wrinkles than you’d get otherwise.