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Old 05-22-2017, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Louisville KY
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I own an iron...can't remember the last time I used it. Don't really see a reason to use it.
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:32 PM
 
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irons suck, i don't like the smell they give off, and if it is a blended fabric, the chances of getting that film is high. I invested in a garment steamer and never looked back. If going for a steamer, get one that is quick and has good water capacity. My steamer is ready in 60 seconds, and gives off good steady steam.

besides that, hang the shirts when they come out the dryer, hang and button up a few. I steam regularly, shorts, t shirts, sweaters, etc. my undies and blue jeans can stay as is.
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Old 05-23-2017, 02:31 PM
 
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irons suck, i don't like the smell they give off, and if it is a blended fabric, the chances of getting that film is high. I invested in a garment steamer and never looked back. If going for a steamer, get one that is quick and has good water capacity. My steamer is ready in 60 seconds, and gives off good steady steam.

besides that, hang the shirts when they come out the dryer, hang and button up a few. I steam regularly, shorts, t shirts, sweaters, etc. my undies and blue jeans can stay as is.


If you are getting a "film" on your iron when doing blended fabrics then the temperature is set too high.


Blended fabrics should be ironed at the temperature of the most sensitive textile. That is for "cotton/polyester" you set the iron to "Polyester" or whatever setting for man made fabrics. For "silk/cotton" the iron is set to "Silk". Cotton/Linen..... you get the idea.


With today's modern electronically controlled washing machines, and or if one knows otherwise what one is doing cotton/polyester items shouldn't need ironing at all. But emerge from the wash nearly crease free. That and or a bit of tumble drying (again knowing what one is doing), should do the trick.
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Old 05-23-2017, 02:41 PM
 
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I iron almost all my clothes, except undergarments and spandex items (e.g. exercise gear). I let most things air dry (either hung up, or on sweater driers) since I find that things tend to shrink in the drier. Either that or I'm getting both wider and taller all the time as my pant lengths creep up to my ankles and above (back when I was still throwing things in the drier)...

It's just personal preference and I realize I'm in a small minority on this, I figure to each their own. However I do agree with an earlier poster who mentioned that ironing is a relaxing time to just let the mind wander.
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Old 05-23-2017, 11:15 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I've known people who routinely wear ironed, creased jeans, and I think it looks ridiculous.
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Old 05-24-2017, 06:54 AM
 
Location: 🇬🇧 In jolly old London! 🇬🇧
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I tried using a Con Air steamer but it requires that a buy distilled water. Plus using the Con Air steamer takes too long to get the wrinkles out. It gets pretty cumbersome.

Whats the best and most convenient way to get wrinkles out of dress shirts?
The tumble dryer works very well
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Old 05-24-2017, 08:28 AM
 
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I've known people who routinely wear ironed, creased jeans, and I think it looks ridiculous.
I iron jeans, but not with the crease in the front. I lay them so I'm ironing side seam to inseam.
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Old 05-24-2017, 11:21 AM
 
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I tried using a Con Air steamer but it requires that a buy distilled water. Plus using the Con Air steamer takes too long to get the wrinkles out. It gets pretty cumbersome.

Whats the best and most convenient way to get wrinkles out of dress shirts?
Iron them. Nothing harmful about it unless you are doing it incorrectly.
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Old 05-24-2017, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Harbor Springs, Michigan
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...coocoo...

At least spell it right ... cuckoo ? not quite, I set myself higher standards which I like to live up to.

And on the subject of ironing jeans I have a friend who used to be a steward for Air France he presses his jeans with a knifepoint crease In his favour he always looks well turned out.
I iron my Lucky brand jeans as they aren't elasticated and look nicer pressed, I don't however press creases in them I iron them edge to edge.

I am personal assistant for a lady who employed me because I was willing to iron for her, she likes her sheets lightly starched and her dinner napkins medium starch and pressed. The joy she gets from such a simple thing as a well pressed and starched dinner napkin is lovely.
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Old 05-26-2017, 07:24 PM
 
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So if I boil the tap water before I put it in the steamer, I should be safe?
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