How to Iron Sleeves Without Creating Creases (The Way to a Smooth Look)

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Ironing is one of those chores that you either love or hate. Even if you love to iron, there is one task that can prove difficult. Ironing sleeves properly.

It seems like no matter how hard you try, your sleeves end up with a crease in them. Learning how to iron sleeves without creating creases is a skill that will change your wardrobe.

Ironing Basics

Before you learn how to iron sleeves without creating creases, you need to be sure that you’re up to speed with the basics of ironing.

Although it can sometimes seem like a simple or even boring task, iron correctly requires a certain amount of skill and attention. Each type of fabric requires different specifications during ironing, and the smallest mistake could lead to a crease or worse.

Here are the ground rules for effective ironing:

  • Wash and dry your clothes properly according to fabrics in order to avoid wrinkling.
  • Do not iron clothes that are dirty, as stains will be set into the fabric with the iron’s heat.
  • Make sure the iron itself is clean and check the ironing board, as well.
  • If you don’t have an ironing board, be sure to designate a hard, flat surface that’s large enough to iron your clothes.
  • In general, it’s best to iron on the wrong side of the fabric to avoid shining and removing the texture.
  • It is best to iron most fabrics while they are still slightly damp. You can add dampness using a spray bottle and plain water.
  • Sort your laundry by the material before ironing, so you will not need to change temperatures or settings too many times.

How to Approach Sleeves

When it’s time to iron a shirt with long sleeves, you probably start asking yourself just how you could avoid creating a crease. The truth of the matter is that it is easier to iron a shirt sleeve with a crease in it. This look is often considered more formal, which is why many people do not know how to avoid it when ironing.

If a smooth sleeve is what you’re after, then you will need to adjust the way you’re ironing. The secret behind ironing sleeves without creases is using a sleeve board.

This is a board that is designed to sit on top of your standard ironing board and fit inside the sleeve. This allows the iron to move smoothly from the cuff to shoulder without any creases.

If you do not have a sleeve board at your disposal, you will still be able to iron your shirt sleeve without creases, but it will take patience and concentration. Here is what you will need to do:

  • Leave the sleeves for last in the process of ironing your shirt.
  • When it’s time to iron the sleeves, lay one sleeve along the side of your ironing board with about one inch hanging off the side.
  • Iron in the middle of the sleeve, front and back, then switch it around so the part you’ve just ironed is hanging over the edge. Repeat this ironing sequence to avoid creating a crease.

One final way to try ironing your shirt sleeves without creating creases is to use a rolled up towel. When you’re ready to iron the sleeves, stick the rolled up towel into the sleeve. Roll and iron each sleeve with the towel inside and you will not create any creases. This is a quick and easy trick to incorporate into your ironing routine.

Tips for Easier Ironing

If ironing is a chore that you’re not a big fan of, it probably feels like it takes up large amounts of your time. Follow these tips to make the process easier:

  • Pull clothes that need to be ironed out of the dryer before they’re completely dry. This eliminates the need for a spray bottle in your ironing routine.
  • When you’re ironing the collar of a dress shirt, fold the collar at the seam to help it sit in a better position to accommodate your tie.
  • Before ironing sleeves, take the time to align the fabric evenly on both sides of the sleeve. This prevents wrinkle formation due to the overlapping fabrics.
  • Do not crank the heat all the way up just to finish faster. Some fabrics require lower heat and you risk damaging them with high heat.

Iron Your Clothes Less

While ironing may be a necessity of life, it doesn’t have to happen all the time. There are ways you can minimize the amount of ironing you need to partake in. All you need to do is practice a  bit of mindfulness ahead of time.

  • Fold your clothes directly out of the dryer. Though it is tempting to just leave your clothes in the basket or bag to be folded at a later moment, finding the motivation to fold them as soon as they come out will save you trouble in the long run. Prioritize the folding of clothes that wrinkle easily. If you’re not able to get to the clothes at the end of the drying cycle, set your dryer to tumble to buy yourself some time.
  • Use your dryer’s steam feature. This feature works to rid your clothes of wrinkles using steam during the drying cycle.
  • Try wrinkle releasers. These products usually come in the form of sprays and work to relax the fibers of your clothes for a smoother finish.
  • Hang Clothes: if you have enough closet space, skip folding altogether and hang your clothes. This leaves less possibility of wrinkling and creasing.
  • No Overloading: overloading your washing machine is a sure way to end up with wrinkly clothes. If there is a specific item of clothing you do not want to turn out wrinkly, be sure that it gets washed with plenty of space.

Final Thoughts

Ironing can be pleasant or downright annoying. When it comes to dealing with shirt sleeves, there are a few measures you can take to avoid creating a crease. Remember that prevention of wrinkly clothing starts from the washing process.


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