Ironing a very wrinkled shirt

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  1. intent

    intent Senior member

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    I'm trying to iron this BB cotton shirt, but it's almost impossible to get rid of the little wrinkles everywhere. I usually prefer the non-iron. Should I steam it? Wash it again and hang it quickly?
     


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    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    Wash it again and then iron it while it's still damp > hang it up.
     


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    Get a spray bottle and mist it as you iron. Works better than steam and is a lot easier than trying to wet the shirt beforehand.
     


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    Get a spray bottle and mist it as you iron. Works better than steam and is a lot easier than trying to wet the shirt beforehand.

    +1
     


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    Get a spray bottle and mist it as you iron. Works better than steam and is a lot easier than trying to wet the shirt beforehand.

    This. My iron actually has a built-in spray nozzle for misting while you iron.
     


  6. intent

    intent Senior member

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    I'm misting while I iron, but it still seems to be futile. It's not big creases as much as little bumps throughout the surface of the shirt.

    Going to try the wash and quickly iron after a few mins in the dryer trick. After that I'm taking it to the cleaners.

    I think it's a BB luxury shirt. Feels great when I wear it, but I can't stand the thought of wearing a wrinkled dress shirt.
     


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    I'm misting while I iron

    I'm sorry to hear that...
     


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    I'm misting while I iron, but it still seems to be futile. It's not big creases as much as little bumps throughout the surface of the shirt.

    Going to try the wash and quickly iron after a few mins in the dryer trick. After that I'm taking it to the cleaners.

    I think it's a BB luxury shirt. Feels great when I wear it, but I can't stand the thought of wearing a wrinkled dress shirt.


    Definitely right to re-wash it, but be extremely careful with the dryer - even a few mins in there could shrink it. I;ve had it happen before, even on the 'ready-to-iron' dryer setting.
     


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    You could try steaming it, I find that they always work out better then an iron.
     


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    Have you tried putting the shirts in the freezer (inside a plastic bag) for a few minutes. I use this method for difficult shirts and it seems to work.
     


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    bowtielover Senior member

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    Get a fabric steamer those things are like miracle workers.
     


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    Get a fabric steamer those things are like miracle workers.

    For cotton?

    I haven't seen any effect at all from steam on a true 100% cotton shirt
     


  13. intent

    intent Senior member

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    Ditto. It just keeps the wrinkles in place unless I pull on the shirt. If I pull on the shirt some other area gets affected.

    Best to pay $2.50 to make it someone else's problem, IMO. There's a place nearby that hand presses shirts and uses no starch.
     


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    Going to try the wash and quickly iron after a few mins in the dryer trick.
    Why would you put it in the dryer? Just iron it after the wash. I do this to all my shirts.
     


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    Get them done - washed/pressed you can get 5 done for AUD15.50 same day.

    Just check your buttons afterwards, if they are getting a bashing try a different place.

    Or if you have quality buttons you should be fine.
     


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