In this guide we go into greater details on how to iron your pants efficiently and correctly. Below are the summary of steps to follow with more explanations below:-
Get Your Iron Ready
Iron the Pocket Linings
Iron Waist Band & Top Part
Mark Trouser Crease at Bottom
Mark Creases at Top
Press The Front Crease & Trouser Leg
1. Get Your Iron Ready
First get your iron ready. Fill it up with some distilled water. When you’re ironing a blended fabric like you see in dress pants choose the lowest or coolest setting of the two fabrics.
For example, if you’re ironing a 70% wool/polyester blend you would start with the 3 and maybe go to a 4. Lower temperatures will take longer to set a crease but they’re less likely to damage your pants.
2. Iron the Pocket Linings
Most dress trousers have inside pocket linings and although no one will ever see them even if they are severely wrinkled and you wear your trousers close fitted and impression the wrinkles might be visible so to prevent this smooth out the lining
3. Iron the Waist Band & Top Part of Trouser
Turn the front pockets out and then press the iron on the top of the leg. Lift the iron up, reinsert the pocket and continue to press along the top of the trouser, paying special attention to the pleats and
reforming any folds.
Remember when you’re ironing dress pants you do not want to push it along you, want to press and lift, press and lift. Pushing the iron along can cause the pants to get those shiny marks that look really bad.
Move to the seat of the trousers and pull out the back pockets and do the press and lift motion and then move to the waistband
4. Mark Trouser Crease At Bottom
Mark the trouser crease at the bottom then lay your trousers on the ironing board flat with the cuffs right at one end and the waist draped over the far end. Arrange the trouser legs so that one inseam lies right on top of the other dead center of the flat leg within seams in the center the edges of the trouser leg are where you want to press the crease.
Spray the cuff with a bit of water and press down gently on each side of the trouser leg. This should leave a visible crease at the cuff and an inch or two up the leg.
5. Mark Creases at The Top
Find the same two vertical inseams and match them up one on top of the other just like you did above with the bottom crease but this time at the top of the pants. Lay the top of the trouser leg flat with inseam centered what they oughta edge of the trouser leg and use the iron to gently press a crease into place along that edge about six inches down from the waist band.
6. Press The Front Crease & Trouser Leg
Now that you’ve got a start and finish of the crease on marked it’s just a matter of connecting the dots. If the end seams are still one atop of the other, the crease should be the very edge of the trouser leg as it lies flat.
Press gently down in one spot with the iron then lift the iron and move it up a bit then do it again, always pressing straight down rather than pushing and sliding along the crease.
Repeat the same process used to create the front crease to create a back crease. Again press down gently to set the crease in place and then lifting the iron back up again. Press down the trouser leg.
Once you’ve got your creases set you can press the center of the trouser leg between the creases to get out any small wrinkles or folds. Use the same motion you’ve been using ie press the iron flat, pick it back up and repeat again a little further along.
You want to repeat the forming the crease and then pressing the trouser leg on the other leg. And that’s how you iron dress pants
With khakis you can use a higher heat setting because khakis are made of cotton and also because khaki are a casual pant meaning you can iron them without a crease in the front so just go ahead and iron
the fronts flat which makes life easy not too worried about lining that creases.
In this blog post I will be reviewing some of the popular portable clothes dryer on sale in the market that can be used in small or big apartments, RVs, when you travel or even camping. I have reviewed 3 portable clothes dryers. Of these 3, two are ventless while one requires a vent. These are:-
Panda Ventless Dryer
Manatee Clothes Dryer
Panda Portable Dryer
1. Panda Portable Ventless Clothes Dryer
This portable dryer is ventless and has been designed to gently dry your clothes using warm air that is passed through the clothes using an air motor. The manufacturer also claims that it helps minimizes
the appearance of wrinkles on your clothes.
The dimensions of this dryer are 9.5” x 11.2” x 21” and it weighs about 8.5 pounds. It can hold up to 22 pounds of garments. The folding clothes rack has the ability to hold upto 18 hangers. Its cover opens and closes through a zipper and is made of heat-insulated material.
It is easy to assemble this dryer. Simply hang the clothes and set the timer dial, cover the clothes with thee tube cover, start the motor and let the warm air dry the clothes. You can set the timer to an hr,half an hour or even 20 minutes depending on what you want.
The package content include:- The clothes rack, upper support pole, support pole connector, lower support pole, waterproof protection plate, heater, heat insulated tube cover, dryer legs.
The voltage of the air motor is 110v and the maximum drying time is about 180 mins. This dryer is perfect for people living in apartments, dorms or who travel using RVs.
This portable dryer takes a little longer to dry clothes compared to the time taken by a normal dryer.
– Compared to going to a laundromat, you will save a lot of money in the long run
– Easy to assemble and fits well in small spaces
– Does not consume a lot of energy compared to normal dryer
– Although ventless, it doesn’t heat up the room. It’s absolutely silent and safe
– Allows you to dry clothes that you wouldn’t be able to place inside a regular dryer. Clothes that will shrink in a regular dryer will not do so with this one.
– Some people are complaining that it takes too long (more than 180 mins) to dry their clothes. Could it be for people living in more humid towns will naturally take more time to dry?
Panda Dryer Video
2. Manatee Portable Drying Rack
This clothes drying rack is designed for people living in tight spaces such as apartments, RVs and also for business travelers. It is a ventless drying rack and is able to hold bulky items without sacrificing on its performance. The maximum drying time for this dryer is 240 minutes and has been designed to fold a maximum of 33 pounds.
It comes with a remote control that works within a range of 8 meters. This drying rack can also be controlled by a LCD touch screen. The temperature control function controls the fan from overheating to
ensure safety in your home.
It also has a -ve ions function whose main purpose is to sanitize clothes against issues such as pollen, mold,dust, pet dander, spores, cigarette smoke etc. The electrical consumption of this dryer is 110v and uses a normal three prong plug.
Manatee Dryer Video
– A convenient, durable and innovative product.
– Its on wheels which makes it easy to move around
– Energy and eco conscious
– Saves you space and can be stored under the bed or in the closet
– The shut off timer function is great especially if you want to dry overnight or want to leave your house
– This product height is about 4.5 ft which is short. So if you have long garments such as towels thy might touch the floor.
3. Panda 2.65 cu.ft Portable Laundry Dryer
This is a conventional dryer but I included it because its portable due to its small size. It has a capacity to hold a maximum of 8.8lbs cloth. You can use it to dry clothes and other types of garments. I don’t think this is appropriate for camping but can fit well in small apartments or small spaces at home.
It runs on 110 volts with a rated input of 1400w/800w and its perfect for apartments and other small spaces. Since it runs on 110v, it might take a little longer to dry your clothes compared to a 220v dryer.
It has 4 temperature selections to choose from and its dimensions are 23.62″ x 17.12″ x 27.56″ (W * D * H). In every purchase you get wall mounting brackets to use, a removable lint filter and 1 year
The machine weighs 44 pounds and is white in color and comes with a 1 year manufacture warranty. Its weight is portable enough to move it around or take it with you in an RV or camping trip.
Would you need to vent with this dryer? Well that depends. If you are the type of person that is not comfortable with a lot of humidity in your house or room, then I would suggest you have this set up.
The challenge of not venting is that mildew will develop over time. One user said that when using an indoor venting kit, the humidity in the room jumped by 30% when the dryer was being used. The vent
is about 3 1/2″ in diameter & has plastic vent tubing
If you find that this dryer is leaking water, probably its because its clogged with lint. when overloaded, this dryer give a high pitched noise otherwise its silent when loaded properly.
– Does not use a lot of electricity.
– One user commented and said they have used it to dry 4 big towels in a decent amount of time. The person added that they have also dried a sheet, fitted sheet, and 4 pillow cases in under 30 minutes
– Silent when properly loaded
– Its was never designed to dry heavy loads at a time or garments that still hold water. So for people who like to dry huge loads at a time, this is not for you
Dryer Fires Prevention
Most people are ignorant of operating dryers in a safe manner. Did you know that there are over 15000 fires, 10 injuries and 10 deaths that are caused by dryers every year? Its also reported that there are several hundred people per year who are poisoned by carbon monoxide from improper dryer safety measures.
The financial implication of these problems runs to $100,000,000 per year. To be fare, some accidents are caused by faulty dryers but on the other hand, many of these fires can be avoided with proper dryer safety precautions.
When there is an accumulation of lint coupled with reduced airflow feed, this create the optimal condition for fires to occur. Lint is a material that easily catches fire. Did you know that lint is one of the ingredients found in a recipe for home-made fire starters?
In most homes, clothes dryers are normally placed in the basement. With the increasing house demand for apartments, its not uncommon to find many houses to have dryers located away from outside wall in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and hall closets.
Placing dryers in these locations will mean that they will have to be vented longer distances. To add to the challenge, these same vents are in most cases installed with sharp turns and bends to accommodate the structure of the house. This creates a problem where dryer vents are harder to reach & more surfaces for lint to gather.
Short, straight dryer duct venting is recommended. If this is not possible, then a dryer vent booster (though not ideal), can considerably improve your dryer venting where your venting is longer and/or
has more bends than it should.
In addition to creating a fire hazard, if the venting is too long and/or has two many bends, it will cause your dryer to take much longer than necessary to dry loads.
Within The Dryer
Like we mentioned before, the biggest problem is lint. If you’ve ever cleaned your lint filter, you will notice that it catches a lot of lint. The general assumption is that lint filters will trap all the lint & they
need to do is clean them with each load.
This is not the case because a good amount of lint escapes and is not caught within the filters and over time it builds up (even on the heating element itself) causing it to overheat and catch fire.
For those that are doubting, I would ask you go to your dryer and remove the lint trap & check underneath it. Don’t be surprised to discover big mounds of lint hidden within!
Outside the Dryer
Some technicians employ improper dryer vent practices which can result in fire accidents in the long run. Some of these common dryer vent mistakes are:-
1. When the vents are installed in buildings and have long or too many bends, with inferior or no dryer duct booster. This results in lint buildup. We recommend shorter dryer vents.
2. Installing flammable or foil duct extenders. Make sure that ONLY metal vents are installed, which is what is recommended. The reason we recommend metal vents is that they are able to resist being crushed better than plastic or foil, which in turn allows the lint and warm air to be expelled out efficiently.
When the flow of air is reduced will result in overheating and the effect is that it causes clothes to wear out and the appliance to break down faster.
3. Small clearance space between the dryer and the wall. When you place the dryer right against the wall, you can destroy the venting material in the process and causing overheating. Overheating causes the high temperature safety switch to to go on and off. Since these switches were not designed to switch on and off frequently, they break down over time.
I’ve seen that people are looking for over the door ironing boards and I decided to do a review of my recommended boards in this blog post.
1. Honey Can Do Over The Door Ironing Board
This is an interesting over the door ironing board. It features a space-saving design that you can easily hung over any standard door. Its designed to fold and lock up in an upright manner securely plus its cushion bumpers protect your door from damage.
This is an easy to use and well designed ironing board that hangs over any standard door
* Measures 42″ L x 14″ W
* Locks when upright for safety
* There are cushion bumpers on its hooks that help prevent your door from getting scratches and dents.
What is included in your purchase:-
* A foam ironing board pad
* A cotton ironing board cover
* Frame is made of steel
* Get to enjoy limited lifetime manufacturer’s warranty
2. Polder Over The Door Ironing Board
This ironing board’s space saving design with over-the-door hooks will fit any door with a thickness of upto 1.5” thick. The large ironing board surface measurements are 42 inches by 14 inches.
The cover is made up of 100% cotton and it covers a foam pad that is 7mm thick. The durable cover is designed to withstand high heat. This board is perfect for small apartments, dorm rooms and other small living spaces.
Use the easy-to-use lever to open & fold the board for compact, minimal storage. The board also has stabilizing foot caps that rest against the door to prevent the board from moving as you iron.
The steel frame construction hangs over most doors and folds closed to 1.25 inches so it’s hidden and out of the way.
Why I Like This Board
* This is not a heavy duty board but its strong enough so long as you dont put too much pressure on it.
* Its padding is thicker compared to other boards and its release catch enables you to fold the board without too much noise.
3. Household Essentials 144222 Over The Door Small Ironing Board with Iron Holder
This ironing board from Household Essentials is made from satin silver steel frame. The fibre ironing pad is covered with a 100% cotton cover and the ironing surface is 14 by 41 inches in dimensions.
This space-saving ironing board hangs on the door and has 1.5-inch residential hooks & 2-inch commercial hooks with cushions to protect the door of your room.
This ironing board has rubberized plastic stabilizers at the bottom of the frame, helping to reduce noise & protecting your doors from from scratches and dents.
The frame’s built-in iron holder hook threads through an iron’s handle to hold it safely. This compact ironing board, with hooks installed, measures 17 inches wide x 52.25 inches long.
4. HOMZ Over-the-Door Steel Top Ironing Board
This board’s dimensions are 42″ x 14.25″ x 39″. It comes with a 100% cotton cover and thick foam pad. It features a patented locking system that allows the board to fold up or down easily.
There are no tools required to install this board. It installs on a standard 1-3/8″ doors. There are added bumpers to help protect your door from scratches.
With every purchase there is an added two 2-in-1 dryer balls that tumble clothes while securely holding the dryer sheet
Over the Door Hooks
The hooks that come with this ironing board can fit any standard 1-3/8′ thick door. The unique curve and shape of these hooks supports and protects closet, bathroom or laundry room doors from damage while ironing or stored away.
These hooks feature 3 holes, giving you the option to screw them into your door for extra stability.
Foldable and Space-Saving
No tools or assembly necessary. To use, simply attach the hooks and then place them over the top of your door frame. Folds flat (behind any standard 1-3/8′ door) for easy and quick storage. Ideal for small sized apartments, studios, laundry rooms, dorm rooms, closets, spare bedrooms, and more.
Slim Ironing Board Design
The semi tapered and overall sleek design lets you iron loads of garments, while taking up little to no space. Perfect for shirts, skirts, pants, dresses, etc. The easy access of this Homz Over the Door Ironing Board will take away the pain of finding the place to store your free standing ironing boards.
The ironing board cover is solely made out of 100% cotton and has a 6mm polyester fiber padding underneath.
The cover features a fitted nose pocket, stretch and fit binding, and elastic binding with reinforced grommets. Scorchshield protection with a stain resistant coating is also included.
Traditional irons and their more recent counterparts, garment steamers, are a necessary tool in one’s household. They basically have the same function; eliminating nasty, unsightly wrinkles in garments using steam, making them look as good as new!
How does each appliance work? The steamer directs jets of hot steam onto hanging garments, relaxing the fibers in the fabric and removing wrinkles.
The iron, on the other hand, has a heated triangle-shaped surface that you press onto the garment to flatten wrinkles.
There are several other differences between these two appliances, as listed below.
To use an iron, you will need a firm, flat surface, like an ironing board or a sturdy table. The surface enables you to put pressure on the garment as you iron and provides a place to stand the iron when you are done.
In contrast, the steamer does not require a workspace, as you hold it upright facing the garment during use.
The steamer takes a relatively shorter time to heat up than the iron. As such, ironing using a steamer takes a shorter time.
Because the steamer does not get into direct contact with the clothes, it is not possible to define creases and pleats on your shirts, trousers, and skirts.
With an iron, however, you can press neat pleats, darts, creases and folds on your garments.
Guess which of the two appliances is more likely to leave a shine on your clothes! The iron, of course! Because the iron comes in direct contact with the fabric, it is likely to leave an unwanted shine on your clothes.
A steamer, however, never touches your clothes, so you can be sure there will be no shine.
The steamer works best for delicate fabrics like silk, polyester, and satin because it uses steam to get rid of wrinkles.
The iron, however, is likely to burn these fabrics if the temperature setting is not correct. Note, however, that an iron is perfect for pressing cotton and linen!
Do you have heavy items in your closet, like suit jackets, evening gowns, or even a wedding dress? Using an iron to press these garments may prove to be quite a task, as placing them on the ironing board may be tricky.
With a steamer, however, you can iron these items while they are hanging!
Out of the two appliances, the steamer is better at removing unwanted odors on garments. Its jets of steam go right through each item of clothing, taking the odor with them. The iron, on the other hand, is not as effective in odor removal.
When you go on a business trip and you need to iron some clothes, both a portable iron and portable steamer will come in handy.
You will however need to find a flat surface to use the iron on, while to use the steamer, just plug it in and direct the steam to your hanging clothes.
Though there are several differences between an iron and a steamer, each one has its own unique attributes that may appeal to you, the consumer, depending on your needs. Once you identify your needs, making the choice will be a breeze!
Came across this neat video from lifehacker.com that gives you a tip on how to save ironing time using an aluminium foil.
Basically what you do is place a strip of long aluminium foil under the ironing board cover and as you iron your clothes, the reflective heat from the foil simultaneously irons the underside of your clothes
Here are some comments made by people who watched this on Lifehacker.com.
Why not just by an ironing board cover with heat reflecting foil built in. This isn’t the 1940’s where my mother made her ironing board covers out of sheets – Taleigh
Here is another comment by Angeline Scott-Chavez
Great idea! We started doing this several months ago and it works like a charm. Just remember that you have to replace the aluminum foil at regular intervals – about once a month, when you wash your ironing board cover… or the foil will leach and stain your clothes.
Fortunately, at least with cotton, the stain is easily removable with just water and a little mild detergent