An Overview of Ironing


Ironing is a task that must be completed – but very few want to do. It can be tricky, time-consuming, and a single mistake can mean the whole item of clothing needs ironing again. The next time your ironing; remember how fortunate you are with this brief ironing overview.

What is Ironing?

Ironing is using a hot object to remove creases in clothes. The reason for ironing is simply to make clothes look neater, new, and fresh. It can also be performed to kill fleas/lice, etc – but most of the time, it is simply the visual appearance of clothing reason.

The reason ironing works is actually quite scientific – and here comes the science bit: The molecules of the clothing actually changes when the heat and weight are applied, making them line up and stretch out. As the fabric cools, the molecules keep in the same position.

The history of ironing.

Long before your modern day steam iron – people would heat “iron” weights on their cookers, and use them to iron cloths. Before that, people have tried to remove lines, wrinkles, creases from clothes with wood, heated stones. The first electric iron was created in 1882 by Mr Seeley – he named it the “electric flatiron”. Other names for an iron include clothes iron, flat iron, or smoothing iron.

Today, irons have evolved to use steam and special coatings to make it much more easier – the iron will glide, and the steam will super heat the clothing to make ironing cotton and other fabrics much easier.

The Ironing Board

An iron board is the irons best friend – modern day boards feature fabrics and materials that do both sides of the clothing at once – saving time. Remember to insure that the board has these features, as some cheaper boards will be no more than a sheet of wood covered in a material. These will not give you any of the benefits of the new designs.