Originally Posted by jefferyd
Pressure is required while pressing (pressing=pressure) so steam alone while hanging the cloth is no good.
The analogy of shaping wool and women styling their hair works for me in understanding this pressing business.
Moisture relaxes the protein fibers (wool/hair) to allow it to be shaped or the wrinkles removed.
The application of heat and pressure (via the iron or for hair the curling iron) allow the fibers to "set" in the desired configuration. This is probalby the critical step, the removal
of the moisture by heat and pressure after getting them to behave as one wishes.
To further "freeze" the fibers inthe desired shape, the heat from the iron which has just dried the steam is now either 1 - vacuumed, 2 - blown off, or 3- just allowed to dissipate.
Women who go through this heat setting of their hair ritual daily probably get this pressing business easier than us men.- M