Ironing can often seem a daunting task, but it’s much easier than you think, especially when it comes to shorts. The key word here is short. You can have perfectly pressed shorts in no time with these quick, simple to understand, easy to execute tips that will make any mother proud of your ironing skills.
First, read the label so you know what fabric to set your iron to, e.g., cotton, rayon, linen, etc. After selecting the desired fabric, allow the iron to heat for a minute or two before using. Note: Add water to the iron as this will create steam, the necessary ingredient for wrinkle free fabrics.
Turn your shorts inside out. This helps eliminate any inadvertent ironing marks and/or potential discoloring of fabric. Once iron is hot, start with the pockets. Pockets always wrinkle during wash cycles, and if you forget this crucial step, no amount of time, effort or steam will give you a perfectly pressed appearance. Stretch each pocket separately across the ironing board and iron from the top of the pocket down towards the bottom portion of the pocket.
Once the pockets are complete, pull unzipped shorts taunt through the top rounded portion of ironing board. Start with the left front panel (zipper on the right) and press thoroughly starting from the waistband working down towards the leg opening. Now, remove shorts, and rotate to the back right panel. Insert through the ironing board and repeat. Next, iron the back left portion, and then finish with the front right panel. If a crisper press is desired, use a spray on starch before ironing, lightly spraying the desired area. Remember to always use caution when working with a hot iron and make sure to turn iron off and unplug it when task is completed.