Written by Dale Richardson - Updated: June 23, 2023
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Crushed by those post-ironing creases? We explain why clothes remain wrinkled after ironing and how to avoid two major causes.
When ironing fails to remove wrinkles from clothing, two things could be responsible. First, the clothing could already be so severely wrinkled that the iron could not smooth the creases. Incorrect ironing techniques can also iron creases into clothing.
Ironing can be a back-breaking chore. Nothing is more disheartening than finding the wrinkles are still there or the clothing has even more creases than before. Find out why this happens and how to avoid the top 2 causes.
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We have all been there. Faced with laundry that refuses to relinquish its wrinkles. Your kid’s school uniform looks like a prune and your work clothes do not appear much smoother, either. What the heck is going on and how can you fix this annoying issue (and make your kid like you more)?
Let us start at the beginning. The two main causes of why clothes stay crinkly after ironing include the following:
There are several reasons why clothing gets wrinkles. But mainly, it boils down to water and heat. The two factors interact with the fibres on an almost molecular level, breaking the bonds that hold them together. When this happens, the polymers inside the fibres move into different positions that cause wrinkles to appear as soon as the fabric cools down.
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Unfortunately, it does not take much to make this mistake. Most people who iron have experienced this. You iron too quickly or the fabric suddenly fold just as you move the iron forward. The result is a rather neat-looking line. However, these creases are still unwelcome.
The good news is that there is a simple solution. The first step is to never try and iron it out just using the appliance. Remember, heat and water rearrange the fibres and you need some H2O here to reverse the crease. Always keep a bottle of water nearby when you get ready to iron. The moment you accidentally iron a crease into the fabric, spray the crease and iron over it.
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Our lives are getting busier. If a chore can be shortened, go for it! There are plenty of things you can do to stop spending so much time ironing wrinkles from your laundry. Here are the best tips.
You do not have to throw out your entire wardrobe. But when you buy new clothing, try to purchase wrinkle-resistant items and phase out your old clothing that crinkles like crazy. Not sure what fabrics and materials are anti-wrinkle? Here are some examples.
This tip works best for things like T-shirts, skirts, and button-type shirts.
Step 1: Hand wash or place the item in the washer.
Step 2: Remove the wet item and place it on a hanger.
Step 3: Secure the hanger on the washing line, especially if the day is windy.
Step 4: Arrange the fabric to separate the sides of the skirt or shirt so that they no longer stick together and pull the item straight to remove any wrinkles.
Step 5: Let the clothing air-dry. The results can vary. Sometimes, the wrinkles are completely gone or there are just a few but one thing is sure - your clothes will not be difficult to iron.
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This may seem like a no-brainer but let’s be honest. Our busy lifestyles sometimes boil over and we realize the laundry is not really dry but we need to wear something to work! But they will develop creases and crinkles as they dry while you wear them. Ideally, clothes should have dried out for a day or two if air-drying.
This is something your ancestors would have killed for! Today, there are many products to help you in the battle against wrinkles. One of the most popular is a liquid that can be sprayed onto clothing before you wear them. They will stay wrinkle-free for longer.
Hanging clothes together can cause wrinkles. Especially when several hangers are smushed together because there is so much clothing in the wardrobe! While not always feasible, it is preferable to hang each item in such a manner that it does not come into contact with other clothing at all - or at least, just very lightly. Wrinkles are not the only problem with crammed wardrobes. They also smell musty much quicker than wardrobes with fewer items.
Watch Your Posture
If you love a particular outfit but the thing is a wrinkle-magnet, watch the way you sit. Pressing your back against a chair, crossing your legs, or not smoothing out the fabric before you sit down on the seat can all cause the outfit to crease. Annoying but true!
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