How to remove the wrinkles in dress shirts

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How to remove the wrinkles in dress shirts
There are various ways to remove the wrinkles in dress shirts. (new shirt image by Kimberly Reinick from

A variety of settings calls for a dress shirt, including many workplaces and professional functions. A wrinkled dress shirt instantly conveys a messy, sloppy and unprofessional appearance. If you're hoping to make a good first impression, then you will want to make sure that your dress shirt contains no wrinkles. A variety of ways exist to remove the wrinkles in dress shirts, but the manner in which you do so depends upon the supplies available to you.

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Things you need

  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Water
  • Hanger
  • Shower
  • Clothes dryer
  • Damp towel
  • Water bottle
  • Hair dryer

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    Remove the Wrinkles in Dress Shirts by Ironing

  1. 1

    Set up your ironing board. Fill your iron with water. Turn your iron to the appropriate heat setting for your type of dress shirt. Consult the label of your dress shirt for care instructions.

  2. 2

    Unbutton the dress shirt, and lay it flat, face down on your ironing board.

  3. 3

    Flip up the collar of the dress shirt. Start from the centre of the collar and iron the collar out to the ends. Do this for both the inner and outer sides of the collar.

  4. 4

    Iron the shoulders next. Slide one shoulder over the narrow end of the ironing board. Iron from the middle of the back of the dress shirt where the collar meets the shirt yoke outwards towards the shoulder. Repeat for the other shoulder.

  5. 5

    Unbutton a shirt cuff, straighten it out and lay the rest of the shirt sleeve out on the ironing board so that the shirt cuff is straight. Iron the cuff first, and then iron up the sleeve. Repeat for the other cuff and sleeve.

  6. 6

    Button up the shirt, and then slip it over the narrow end of the ironing board, keeping the collar at the edge of the board. Begin ironing the back panel of the dress shirt. Rotate the shirt around the board, ironing the entire shirt. Hang the shirt immediately on a hanger when you are done.

    Remove the Wrinkles in Dress Shirts by Shower Steam

  1. 1

    Hang the dress shirt on a hanger in the shower. Hang the shirt as close as you can to the shower head without the shirt getting wet when you turn it on.

  2. 2

    Turn the shower on to the hottest setting and close it. Let the shower fill up with steam, and then allow the shirt to steam for approximately 10 minutes.

  3. 3

    Let the shirt cool before wearing it.

    Remove the Wrinkles in Dress Shirts with a Clothes Dryer

  1. 1

    Throw your dress shirt in a clothes dryer with a damp towel.

  2. 2

    Turn the clothes dryer on for approximately 10 minutes. The steam from the dry towel will knock most of the wrinkles out of the dress shirt. (Simply putting the shirt in the dryer without a towel will only heat up the fabric.)

  3. 3

    Check the dress shirt after 10 minutes. Put it back in the dryer again as needed until the wrinkles are gone.

    Remove the Wrinkles in Dress Shirts with a Hair Dryer

  1. 1

    Hang the dress shirt up on a hanger.

  2. 2

    Mist the wrinkles on the dress shirt with a water bottle.

  3. 3

    Pull on the fabric as you apply heat to it with the hair dryer on the highest and hottest settings.

Tips and warnings

  • Iron every part of the dress shirt, even the shirt placket and in between the buttons, to ensure that it looks crisp and professional.
  • If you steam the dress shirt in the shower, you might have to pull the fabric of the shirt tight or use a damp cloth to attack any excess wrinkles, although the heat and steam of the shower will remove most wrinkles. Stiffer fabrics and deeper wrinkles might require steaming longer than 10 minutes.
  • If your shirt's care instructions do not specify iron settings, begin with the lowest so that you don't ruin the fabric.

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