If you take good care of it, a high-quality pair of pants can last you a long time. Apart from protecting it from external damage, washing it properly and drying it carefully, you should iron said pair of pants with regularity. Doing so correctly will help the pants maintain their shape, color and overall physical integrity for a longer period of time. Also, correct ironing will make your pants look clean, sleek and wrinkle-free. If done incorrectly, however, the ironing process may do more harm than good by damaging the fabric of the clothing item.
You may be wondering why I care so much about ironing pants. As a men’s fashion enthusiast for over 15 years, I have tried everything there is to try when it comes to caring for your clothing. Caring for pants, in particular, has proven a complex subject to learn about. However, my experience has definitely taught me a lot. With all that in mind, in this tutorial on how to iron pants, I will share with you all my knowledge on the subject. Hopefully, this information will help you look your best at all times.
What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial
In order to properly follow this tutorial, you will first have to gather a few important items. Specific brands and models are not important as long as the items are reliable and efficient. You will need:
- Ironing board
- Distilled or purified water
- Spray bottle (unnecessary if the iron has a built-in spray nozzle)
- Clean trousers.
How to Iron Pants – Step-By-Step Instructions
Finally, we have gotten to the meat of this tutorial. At this point, you should take into account the type of pants you are trying to iron. Even though the basic techniques are the same for all types of pants, there are certain key differences that you should bear in mind. With that in mind, I have divided this tutorial into five sections. They are as follows:
How to Iron Dress Pants
Step 1: Set Things Up
Before going any further, it’s important to set things up so that the ironing process will be smooth and efficient. First, set the ironing board, making sure its legs are firmly and solidly planted on the ground. Then, fill your iron with cold, preferably distilled water. Fill it to the maximum amount of water that the device can hold. Make sure that the electric cord is dry before plugging it into the electric socket.
Step 2: Check the Label
To determine the best settings for your iron, check the label on your pants. Depending on the material, the label will suggest a specific range of temperatures. Remember that you don’t want to burn the clothing item but you still want the iron to do its job effectively. If the label does not specify a range of temperatures, take into account the materials do decide which settings to use.
Step 3: Adjust the Iron
Next, plug in your iron. Adjust its settings based on the recommendations provided on the clothing item’s label. If, for example, your pants are more polyester than cotton, turn the dial closer to the polyester setting than the cotton setting. After that, activate the steam setting as the steam helps iron more efficiently and get a better crease. Now you only have to wait until the iron has heated up to the optimal temperature. Normally, this is indicated by a light and a sound.
Step 4: Line Up the Seams
Next, take one of the pants legs. Take the boot and line up its seams so that they are parallel to each other.
Step 5: Create a Crease
Then, lay one leg on the ironing board. Make sure it’s completely flat on the board’s surface. Using one finger, apply pressure to the fabric in order to create a crease. Slide that finger from the top of the pants to their bottom. Repeat the process on the other leg.
Step 6: Begin the Ironing
After making sure your iron is properly heated, pick it up. While holding the pants flat on the ironing board, glide the iron across their surface. Go slowly, stopping wherever there are wrinkles to flatten them out. Make sure to keep the paints as straight and flat as possible. Go back and forth various times.
Step 7: Flip the Pants Over
Once the surface of the pants leg is properly ironed, flip it over and repeat the process on the other side. Make sure to spend an equal amount of time on this side of the leg.
Step 8: Repeat the Process
Once the first leg is done, take the opposite one and place it on the ironing board. Repeat steps 4 to 7 with exactitude. You should spend an equal amount of time and effort on this leg as you did on the first one.
Step 9: Iron the Back
After both legs are ironed, place the pants on their front so that you see the entire back area where the back pockets are located. Iron out the wrinkles carefully. Then, flip them over and iron the wrinkles on the front.
How to Iron Polyester Pants
Step 1: Set Things Up
Set things up by preparing the ironing board and as explained earlier. This time, however, set the iron to its lowest temperature. Additionally, fill a spritz bottle with pure filtered water.
Step 2: Turn the Pants Inside Out
Polyester is very delicate. To avoid leaving visible marks, turn the pants inside out. Then, prepare the pants as explained in the previous tutorial. Make sure their seams are lined up, their crease is made and their entire surface is straight and flat.
Step 3: Dampen and Cover the Pants
Using the spritz bottle, lightly dampen the entire surface of the pants. After that, place a light, thin cotton sheet over the pants.
Step 4: Begin the Ironing Process
With the iron at its lowest temperature and the steam function on, begin gently ironing the surface of the pants over the covering sheet. Don’t let the iron sit on one spot for more than a second.
Step 5: Flip and Repeat
As with dress pants, after one side of the first leg has been ironed, flip it over and repeat the process. Don’t forget to lightly dampen it and then cover it with the sheet.
Step 6: Iron the Opposite Leg
Repeat the entire process for the second leg. Again, make sure you spend the same amount of time on this leg as you did with the first one.
Step 7: Iron the Back and Front
Finally, lay the pants flat on their front. Iron the back with care after dampening and covering it. Then, flip the pants over and do the same to their front.
How to Iron Khaki Pants
Step 1: Set Things Up
As before, get things ready by setting up the iron and ironing board. Make sure the former is filled with water. Set it to high.
Step 2: Prepare the Pants
If possible, iron your khakis after washing and partially drying them. If you can’t, dampen them using the spritz bottle. Make sure the seams are lined up and the crease is made. Lay them out flat on the ironing board.
Step 3: Iron the Middle Section
With khakis, it’s best to star in the middle section. First, iron around the pockets and buttons. Then, iron the surface of the pants, spending extra time on any wrinkles. Iron the cuff of the pants with care. Then, work the crease by gliding from the waist of the pants to their boots. Move slowly and deliberately.
Step 4: Iron the Back and Front
As before, place the pants in a way that allows you to iron their entire backside. After that, flip them over and do the front. Be careful around the pockets and buttons.
Step 5: Hang the Khakis
If you want your khakis to look their best, don’t fold them after ironing. Instead, hang them immediately making sure they are stretched out and straight.
How to Iron Pants with Crease
Step 1: Align the Seams
Find the seams and press them together in a parallel fashion. This should create a fold where the crease needs to be.
Step 2: Lay Out the Pants
Lay one leg of the pants out lengthwise on the ironing board. Make sure the seams are still aligned and the fold is straight and well-defined. Flatten the surface of the pants as much as possible. Make sure the other leg is not in the way.
Step 3: Begin Ironing
With a pre-heated iron at the proper temperature, iron out the visible wrinkles on the surface of the pants. Use the techniques previously described in this article. Do it slowly and gently. If the material of the pants requires so, dampen the fabric and use a protective cover.
Step 4: Work On the Crease
At last, begin working on the crease. Make sure the seams are lined up and the resulting fold is well-defined and straight. Then, glide from the top to the bottom of the pants along that fold. Do it slowly and gently. Repeat the process as many times as necessary until you get a perfect crease.
Step 5: Repeat the Process
After one side of the leg is done, carefully flip it over. Make sure the fold is maintained as you do so. Then, repeat the previous step. After both sides are done, begin working on the other leg until both have perfect creases.
How to Iron Wool Pants
Step 1: Get Things Ready
Before ironing, set things up by getting the ironing board ready and preheating the iron at medium heat. Have a spray bottle filled with water and a cotton cloth at hand. Dampen the cloth with the spray bottle and place the cloth over the pants. That will help transfer just enough humidity to the fabric of the pants.
Step 2: Iron the Pocket Flaps
Take one pocket flap from the inside of the pants and place it flat on the ironing board. Without placing the cotton cloth on it, glide the iron over it and iron out the wrinkles. Repeat the process with the other pocket flap.
Step 3: Iron the Waist
Taking the pants by their upper section, stretch their waist over one side of the ironing board. Let some steam out of the iron as you glide it from side to side over the waistline.
Step 4: Iron the Pocket and Crotch Areas
Stretch the pants gently over one side of the ironing board so that one pocket and one side of the crotch are visible. Let some steam out and gently glide the iron over the fabric following the shape of the seams. After that, remove all visible wrinkles with slow moves. Repeat the process on the opposite pocket and crotch area of the pants.
Step 5: Press and Let Cool Down
Wool can become wrinkled again after ironing if it’s still humid. To prevent this, use the palm of your hands to press on the fabric surface that you have just ironed. After pressing vigorously and making sure everything is flat, let it dry for a bit.
Step 6: Make the Crease
Like before, simply align the creases of both lets together. Then, straighten the pants by pressing the first belt loops from both sides together and stretching your arms. This should create the perfect fold where the crease should be. Lay one leg of the pants flat on the board without losing the fold. Then, place the iron on the fabric and glide from the top of the leg to its bottom, reinforcing and marking the fold that makes the crease.
Step 7: Iron Out Other Wrinkles and Repeat
Once the crease is perfectly marked, iron out all the other wrinkles you can see on that side of the leg. As always, repeat the process on the other side of the leg. Then, repeat the entire process on the opposite leg. If necessary, repeat the process a few more times, making sure the creases are straight and well-defined. Take special care of the areas around the pocket and crotch seams as they tend to be the most difficult.
Did you enjoy this tutorial? As a men’s fashion enthusiast, I have worked for years on improving my pants ironing techniques. All the effort has been worth it, though, because now I can look my best at all times without depending on dry cleaners or any other paid service. More than that, now, I can share all my knowledge with you. Did you enjoy this step-by-step tutorial on how to iron pants? If so, please share it with your friends and family!