First Things First

Family Circle - - ON DUTY -

Read the la­bel on the item to be ironed Don’t skip this part—se­ri­ously. It’s how you’ll know whether it can be ironed or not, and which set­ting to use. Start with the coolest rec­om­mended tem­per­a­ture for any fab­ric. If you’re con­cerned about how a gar­ment will take to iron­ing, do a test run on an in­ner seam. Iron fab­rics that re­quire lower temps, like silk, first, fol­lowed by those that need higher temps, like linen and cot­ton. Heat­ing up an iron is easy—cool­ing it down quickly, not so much. Don’t iron dirty clothes, no mat­ter how tempt­ing this may seem. Heat traps in dirt and odors. Check your iron’s di­rec­tions to make sure you are us­ing the cor­rect wa­ter— man­u­fac­tur­ers gen­er­ally rec­om­mend against dis­tilled wa­ter.

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