How to Dry Iron

Updated February 21, 2017

Water is extremely useful in ironing. It steams clothing, working out wrinkles more quickly and easily than heat alone. Some materials, however, are damaged by water and some dyes will run when exposed to the hot steam. Fortunately, dry ironing works almost exactly like steam ironing. The only difference is that the process takes a bit longer. Use a conventional iron without water in it or, if you prefer, buy a dedicated dry iron so that you don't have to worry about emptying out the reservoir.

Hold the iron over the sink with the tip pointed straight down to empty the reservoir. If you have a dry iron, skip this step.

Turn the steam selector switch to "Off" if your iron has this setting. This will prevent any residual water left in the reservoir from getting on the garment. If you don't have a selector switch or have a dedicated dry iron, skip this step.

Read the directions on the garment you wish to iron. Many garments have care instructions detailing how much heat to use to iron them. If your garment doesn't have this information, note what material it is made of and refer to a fabric care guide before attempting to iron the garment.

Plug in your iron and select the correct temperature setting. Wait for the indicator light to turn on, showing that the iron is fully heated.

Spread the garment on the corner of an ironing table so that there are no wrinkles on the part which faces up. Run the iron in circles over the exposed area of the garment, taking care to never stop in one place.

Slide the garment so that another part is exposed on the end of the table. Iron that section. Continue dry ironing until the entire garment has been ironed.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Garment
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