First Things First
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.