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Do you take your stuff to the cleaners or iron it yourself?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CarllraC, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. CarllraC

    CarllraC Well-Known Member

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    I have some cotton shirts that I simply cannot get to look good. I have tried ironing them numerous times and they always end up looking wrinkly. I can iron T-shirts okay, but that is because they are so simple. I am wondering if you iron your own shirts, or if you simply take them to the cleaners. I visited the cleaners for the first time today and it is $2/shirt - seems like a good price and I could even wear the shirts 2 or 3 times between cleaning and pressing.

    So does anyone have any suggestions or advice on how to iron a cotton shirt? I've never been good with arts and crafts.
     
  2. Quirk

    Quirk Senior member

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    Iron them damp.
     
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    Get a good iron. I use the Rowenta Perfect. Pricey, but worth it.
     
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    i iron my shirts myself, suits and trousers go to the cleaners.
     
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    Swann Senior member

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    i iron my shirts myself, suits and trousers go to the cleaners.

    Same here.
     
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    Holdfast Senior member

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    i iron my shirts myself, suits and trousers go to the cleaners.

    Agreed.

    I actually don't mind ironing shirts too much. And I think I get a nicer result than the cleaners would.
     
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    zjpj83 Senior member

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    How would one press trousers one's self? Can you iron them with a cloth in between? Or is it really not possible?
     
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    Thomas Senior member

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    i iron my shirts myself, suits and trousers go to the cleaners.

    Same here. Hang until damp, then press patiently.
     
  9. Get Smart

    Get Smart Don't Crink

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    i iron my shirts myself, suits and trousers go to the cleaners.

    I'm aboard this A-Train
     
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    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    After going up having to iron my own clothes and then in the army doing my own ironing, I now take it all to the laundry. My efforts at ironing are no match of the laundry, but if you can beat laundry quality ironing then do it yourself.
     
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    I'm also an iron-my-own-shirts kind of guy. I iron while slightly damp, in this order:

    collar
    shoulders
    sleeves/cuffs
    left front
    back
    right front

    I've also been known to iron my trousers from time to time, making sure to use a pressing cloth.
     
  12. CarllraC

    CarllraC Well-Known Member

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    Let me make sure I understand.

    1) Toss shirts in washer.
    2) Hang until they are just damp
    3) Iron them

    Is there a good beginner's guide to ironing anywhere? I can't seem to get the shirt to spread out teh way I want it, and parts like the shoulders and arms are very difficult. I have no problem with the collar, front, or back.

    Well, except that flap of cloth that goes down the front on the side with the buttonholes.. I don't know what it's called, but it's about 2mm wide and it always folds itself in half and looks horrible.
     
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    The fall Sunday ritual, iron and shoe shine, football on tv.
     
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    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    I iron my dress shirt as well. But it takes waaay too much time. I spend about 20min per shirt. How about you guys?
     
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    The fall Sunday ritual, iron and shoe shine, football on tv.

    To each his own. Ironing and shoe shining are enternally linked with the Sopranos in this household. I'll do it during sports events, but it's just not the same... [​IMG]

    This is as good a guide as any...
    http://www.ehow.com/how_4180_iron-shirt.html
     

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