Oftentimes, we wash our clothes at home, but aren’t very proficient at ironing. Ironing is an art that requires knowledge and experience with folding, temperature control, types of fabrics, methods of ironing, and so on. Ironing washed clothes is important because it has the effect of removing germs and bacteria that might still be left over in the clothes after the wash. Here we’ll take a look at some of the elements of a good ironing service.
Steam ironing. In this process, the iron releases a fine spray of steam over the clothes to be pressed, and the iron is passed over the fabric simultaneously. Water moistens the threads of the fabric, and then the hot iron can take over the final job of straightening the threads. Straightening of the threads is the principle of ironing, and that’s what gives fabrics the “ironed” look. Steam ironing is best for cottons, linens and silks whose crushed appearance can’t really be flattened with ironing without steam. A good ironing service should have facilities for vertical steam ironing of clothes placed in racks, so that the clothes can be hung from hangers and delivered straight from pressing, without need for folding. In any case, suits—men’s, women’s, and ethnic-wear—should be hung from hangers, and not folded.
Synthetics. Synthetic fabrics such as polyester and rayon need special care, because the slightest touch of a hot iron will cause immediate burning of the fabric in that area and destroy it irreparably. A good ironing service should know the method of pressing synthetic fabrics, one of the commonest methods being to cover the fabric with a cotton sheet, and then pass hot iron over it.
Polishing. Ethnic wear worn on special occasions, such as salwar suits, saris, sarongs, and lehenga-cholis, are richly embroidered with fabric and/or threads of gold and silver. Some of these outfits can be frightfully expensive, and hence need a special treatment called “polishing.” If you have such garments, you need to look for an ironing service that has this facility.
Manufacturer’s label. It’s your garments that are the subject of ironing, so you need to be alert about the manufacturer’s instructions regarding ironing that are present on the label of your garment. When you give your garments to the ironing service, it’s a good idea to point out the ironing instructions to the counter person, and even make a note in the bill about the instructions for each garment. This will ensure that the person who is assigned to iron your garments follows those instructions, and that you have legal protection against damage of your garments due to faulty ironing.
Premium services. Look for the following premium services offered by an ironing service:
Location of the store. The store location needs to be as close to you as possible, so that you can easily drop off and collect your clothes after they’re done.
Free pick-up and delivery. Check whether the store will provide pick-up and delivery services at timings of your convenience.
Online systems. Check whether the service is fully automated in terms of electronic placing of orders, pick-up and delivery, and payment. In these days of fast-paced life, we need services that we can order from our laptop or mobile phone.
Same day service/Service while you wait. Immediate service is an important factor to consider, since there will be occasions when you need garments pressed urgently, or you have been called out on an office tour.