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How to Use a Sleeve Board to Iron Shirts

Updated April 17, 2017

Teach your kids the lost art of ironing by introducing them to the proper tools: an ironing board, starch, a good quality iron and a sleeve board. Tell your kids a sleeve board is a piece of wood covered with fabric; it is inserted into the sleeve of a shirt to prevent unwanted creases from forming during ironing. Your kids will probably mention one of the many wrinkle-release products on the market; counter by telling them that using an iron guarantees unwrinkled clothes every time.

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  1. Set up the ironing board. Turn on the iron.

  2. Slide the sleeve board into the shirt sleeve. The shaped board will help prevent unwanted creases.

  3. Spray starch on the back of the shirt sleeve. Press the shirt with the iron. Keep the iron moving to avoid scorching the material. Flip the shirt over. Spray the front side of the shirt sleeve with starch. Press the sleeve with the iron. The starch makes the material feel crisp.

  4. Remove the sleeve board from the shirt sleeve. Place the board into the unironed shirt sleeve. Repeat Step 2.

  5. Starch and iron the rest of your shirt. Immediately hang up to prevent wrinkles.

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Things You'll Need

  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Sleeve board
  • Shirt
  • Starch

About the Author

Stacy D. Cooper received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University with an emphasis in writing and literature. She is fascinated with books, reads constantly and is the owner and publisher of a book review blog and website. She currently writes for online content providers while raising her two daughters.

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