Ironing is not usually a skill that is needed often, and this makes it easy to forget the correct way to do so. Unfortunately, the times that it is needed can be important events where a wrinkled shirt would be unacceptable. Some shirts are easier to iron than others and some can get extremely wrinkled.
Step 1: Step 1: Prepare the Iron
The first thing you should do is to check to see whether your iron has water in it. If it is empty or running low, fill the iron with distilled water to avoid any buildup from minerals in tap water. After this you can turn on the iron and set it to the desired temperature. Some clothes, like wrinkle-free clothes, don't need the iron temperature set as high as others, like cotton, to remove wrinkles.
Step 2: Step 2: Iron Body of Shirt
Turn the shirt inside out and make sure to iron through the inside portion that isn't visible when wearing the shirt. Lay the shirt out on the ironing board and start ironing the first panel. Make sure the shirt is laid flat on the board and that you are not ironing over any wrinkles. Once you have completed the first panel, move to the back panel and then to the final panel with the button holes getting the entire shirt and continuing to lay the shirt flat and not ironing any wrinkles in.
Step 3: Step 3: Iron Sleeves
Move on to the first sleeve and lay the sleeve with the crease following the seam of the shirt. Iron the sleeve making sure to go from where you are holding the shirt down and flowing away from that to keep the sleeve flat. Continue to the other sleeve repeating the process. Once you have ironed both sleeves, turn the shirt the right direction with the outside out. Align the sleeve crease with the bottom seam again and, ironing only the edge, quickly go over the crease so it is in the right direction. You can also place a thin fabric between the shirt and iron to help protect the shirt from any damage from direct exposure.
Step 4: Step 4: Collar and Cuffs
Iron the collar starting from the outside of the collar and flowing inwards. Then flip the shirt and iron the other side of the collar. Iron the cuffs the same way also making sure to iron both sides.
Step 5: Step 5: Hang
Hang the shirt to prevent any wrinkles from forming after ironing. Hang with the shoulder lines aligning with the hanger and the collar set down. Button the shirt and you're done.