In today’s business culture, more and more often, the attire is less casual, which has a direct effect on the number of garments that need special attention. None the less, having your clothes properly cared for will make them last AND look better!!
Ironing is a fundamental part of clothes care and unless there is a really good iron to smooth away the creases and wrinkles that washing machines invariably inflict on our clothes, our attire could suffer. While the most common type of iron now is a steam iron, there is another option. Here is a brief description of each, and depending on your needs, which one you should use.
Dry irons are now the old-fashioned, classic type of iron. Its simplicity lies in only having to adjust the temperature of the iron depending upon the type of fabric. The benefit of the dry iron is that as long as it is never left unattended and monitored carefully while in use, it will not likely ever cause harm to your garments. Nowadays, the dry iron can be harder to find and is sometime more expensive. However, for some fabrics, such as silk, dry irons are the only option.
Steam irons are today’s standard iron; they are quicker, cheaper and easier to find. They also usually have the ability to either be used as a dry iron or a steam iron, depending on the project at hand. Steam irons are known to work quicker to release wrinkles and are more effective on bigger items. They can be more complicated to use than dry irons because you not only adjust the temperature but also the amount of steam being used. Wools will need much more steam than most average items of clothing, for example. However, as with dry irons, steam can damage certain types of fabric and must be monitored carefully.
Let’s Ponder This…
Most irons that are sold in stores today have the ability to be used as either a dry iron or steam iron depending on what you need. Be aware that when using a multifunctional iron as a dry iron, the holes where the steam comes out can cause marks on certain fabrics. Take the time to test your iron on different fabrics and types of clothing to determine which setting is best for each. Never use the steam iron on any fabric, especially silk, without checking tag to see what can and cannot be used for each article of clothing.