How to Iron Collars on Polo Shirts

Updated April 17, 2017

Polo shirts are popular because they are offered in a variety of styles and colours and can be worn to all types of events. A polo shirt can be worn with dress trousers or a suit to the office, on the golf course or with a pair of jeans. Since the shirt is so versatile, you will wear it often. The collar can become dirty and misshapen after use. Keeping the collar clean and pressed correctly will ensure a clean and fashionable look.

Read the care directions on the shirt's label to determine the type of material and iron settings. The label will explain if the fabric may be ironed with or without steam and provide the proper iron temperature.

Set up your ironing board near an electrical socket. Choose the proper iron setting for your fabric. If the fabric calls for steam, fill the iron with water, plug in the iron, and allow it to heat up.

Unbutton the front buttons on your polo shirt and lay the shirt face up on the ironing board. Unfold the collar. Place the iron in the middle of the collar and run the iron back and forth across the collar in smooth strokes until all wrinkles are gone.

Reposition the shirt so that you can flatten each side of the collar against the ironing board, then run the iron over that section of the collar until all wrinkles are gone.

Flip the polo shirt face down on the ironing board to iron the back of the collar.

Reposition the shirt while face down to iron the sides of the collar.

Hang the shirt, button the front and fold the collar back down as you usually wear it.


Always keep the iron moving. This will prevent the iron from burning the fabric by sitting too long.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
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Chris Winston has been writing since 2005. She is an attorney in Florida and has written on numerous legal topics during her career, with her work appearing on various websites. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a law degree.