Newsletter – December 2012

Ironing Basics

Ironing-a-shirtMore than likely, you send your dress shirts to the dry cleaners to be laundered and pressed, but every now and then, you may need to touch up a shirt while on the road. Here are a few points to remember:

  • Iron Mistakes-Most people get the iron too hot and put the iron directly on the shirt, thus scorching or burning the shirt fabric. Always test the heat of the iron on the ironing board before placing directly on shirt.  Also, make sure there is no residual rust on the bottom of the iron by pushing the steam button to clean out the steam holes on the bottom of the iron.
  • Steam Settings-Adding hot water to your ironing helps smooth out wrinkles at a lower temperature than using a dry iron. Make sure the iron is hot enough that the water turns to steam rather than coming out as droplets.
  • Starch Options-While you want to avoid the unnatural look of a stiffly starched shirt, a little spray starch can do wonders for thick, easily wrinkled cottons.
  • Heat Range-The hotter the iron, the faster it removes wrinkles. But heat is also a source of stress for the fabric, especially at the collar and wrist where the fabric is doubled back over itself. Set your iron at the lowest temperature that gives good results.

Carrying Your Work

Whether you’re transporting a pile of papers, packing a laptop, or just carrying a few odds and ends that don’t fit in a pocket, you’ll want to find the style of carrying case that fits your needs.

Briefcases: Nothing says enduring, traditional quality like a fine leather briefcase. Look for well-built hardware and a perfect fit between the case and lid.  The abrasiveness of the nylon briefcases really damage your clothes.

Portfolios: If you need to bring only a few papers or a thin computer, a thin portfolio-type case may work well. Choose one with a sturdy zipper or strap

Satchels: For hands-free convenience, consider a satchel bag. Make sure it’s rigid enough to hold its shape, or it may end up looking awkward and bulky.