Dont try to press the entire garment at one time, just one section at a time. set your iron at medium or wool. you will need to experiment till you find the right setting that suits you . with the garment on the board or buck, place the press cloth on the garment . now dip your sponge in the water till its soaked. lift it out over the water pan and squeeze it till its still wet but not dripping. Now wipe the sponge across the press cloth lightly so that it leaves a thin film of water on the press cloth. now you apply your iron. it will take a while for you to develop your own technique for handling the sponge.