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Step By Step Guide on How To Iron A Wool Suit

If you are looking for the best ways to iron a wool suit, then this is it! Not only will you find all of the most important tips and tricks on ironing a wool suit fast and easily, but you'll also get step-by-step instructions on how to iron a wool suit.

How Often Should You Iron A Wool Suit

How often you should iron a wool suit is going to depend on how much time and effort you want to put into doing so? If you want to ensure that your suit jackets look as good as the day you bought them, then it's a good idea to iron them every time after wearing them. On the other hand, if you don't mind a few wrinkles here and there, then it's perfectly alright to go a few days without ironing your suit.

However, some suits, such as those made from pure wool or other high-quality fabrics require ironing more often. Speaking of stuff a wool garment is only lightly rumpled and wrinkled, it can often be revived with steam function.  But if you do not own a steamer. Just hang it up in the bathroom while you take a hot shower and all of the wrinkles will disappear without any trace.

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Equipment And Instruction For Ironing A Wool Suit

For ironing a wool suit, you need a good ironing board, an iron, and an ironing cloth. Follow the steps and equipment that are needed to iron a wool suit:

Arrange the Ironing Board

The first thing you need to do is to set up your ironing board. Make sure that the ironing board cover has been removed, and then check to see if the heat-resistant pad that's underneath it is free from scorch marks or charred fibers. If necessary, replace it with a new one before you get started.

An ironing board should be wide enough and have a flat surface to accommodate the full length of your suit. As always, it should be sturdy and support your weight well. A tripod folding model will do just fine here. Use this image as a reference.

Gather Ironing Supplies

Next, gather your ironing equipment. You'll need an iron that has adjustable heat settings along with a steam setting. Irons that offer vertical steam are even easier to use when you are ironing fabric garments like suits. A spray bottle filled with water is also helpful for draping over the surface of your suit to dampen. Locate your steam iron if you have one, and the appropriate pressing cloth for the fabric that makes up your suit.

Wool suits require a 100% cotton pressing cloth because the fibers of the cloth are much more heat-resistant than synthetic fabrics. Also, remember to replace the water reservoir in your steam iron if necessary. Use this image as a reference for gathering ironing supplies.

Choose The Iron Setting And Temperature

Find the heat setting on your iron that is recommended for use on wool. If it's not listed on the label, check online or with customer service to get this information. Most irons can be set to provide steam or iron wool dry.

When using a dry-heat setting, keep in mind that the right temperature needs to be hotter than that of a steam iron. If you accidentally use too high a temperature, cool the iron on a heat-resistant surface to prevent scorching. Use this image as a reference for choosing an iron wool setting.

Turn the Garment Inside Out

Ironing wool clothes requires turning the garment inside out and pressing it from that side. This way you avoid having to press on the outer shiny marks of your suit, and any seams or creases will be ironed flat from inside where there is no chance of them coming undone. Always turn your wool garment inside out.

Turn the suit jacket inside out and hang it by its shoulders on a hanger. Iron the back part of the wool clothes first, and then turn it over to iron the front.

Iron the inside of your wool suit pants legs first to get rid of any wrinkles from being folded, and then turn the suit pants right side out. Now you can iron both sides of each leg simultaneously using a press cloth. You can also hang your pants on a hanger while you work on them. Look at this image as a reference.

Place The Pressing Cloth

For extra protection, you can use a pressing cloth to cover both sides at once while pressing. Lay this over your suit and iron through it one side at a time. A pressing cloth is needed because it's essential for protecting your garment from damage that can occur if you press it directly. It also helps to hold the fabric taut, which makes ironing more effective.

Place the hot iron on top of the pressing cloth over the wrinkled section and press down firmly, moving back. These areas will need extra attention when ironing a wool garment. Use this image as a reference to place the pressing cloth.

Apply Moist Heat To The Fabric

The steam setting on your iron should be used to moisten the fabric, which will make it easier to remove deep-seated creases. You should also use a spray bottle filled with distilled water for this purpose.

Never iron wool with dry heat only because the fabric will easily scorch, so make sure the shower steam setting is on. Steaming and pressing any areas that are especially wrinkled or crumpled continuously until all of the wrinkles have disappeared.  Check out this article to help with ways to unwrinkle a suit. The entire process may take several minutes. Apply moist heat to the wool fabric, use this image as a reference.

Hang The Garment To Dry

Before you hang your garment, make sure it is completely dry. Your suit should never be allowed to air-dry because this can cause shrinkage or other damage. When hanging your iron wool suit, use a sturdy hanger with rounded edges because the pressure of an ordinary wire or plastic one may stretch out the fibers. Use the image below as a reference.

Tips For Wool Suit Care

You're probably thinking that owning a suit made of wool requires special care. It does, but there's nothing to worry about because the process is quite simple when you know exactly what to do. Manage a wool suit's fabric carefully by following a few simple rules:

Avoid Dryer

Never use a clothes dryer to dry your suit because it can damage the garment. While folding suits, always place them face down so that creases don't develop in the shoulders or other areas from being draped over an object.

Give It A Brush Gently

Set up and make sure to brush your wool suit thoroughly before storing it away. The bristles on a clothes brush easily remove surface dust and lint, but be sure to give the fabric much more attention to get rid of any debris or loose fibers that are much harder to deal with.

Choose Separate Closet

Once you've finished ironing your wool garment, put it away promptly to avoid wrinkles. For these reasons, it's best to store your wool suit in its closet separate from other fabrics.

Hang Your Suit Properly

Never hang a freshly pressed suit on an ordinary wire or plastic hanger because this may stretch out the fibers of the garment. Also, never use pins on any part of a wool suit because they can leave rust stains.

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Getting Rid Of Scorch Mark After Ironing wool

Excessive heat can cause the surface of the wool to become shiny or scorched. There are steps to get rid of scorch marks after ironing given below:

Sponge With Vinegar 

Use vinegar and water. Take a clean white cloth and sponge the affected area with vinegar with water. Leave this mixture for 5-10 minutes and then sponge off with cold water. Repeat this process 3-4 times to remove any traces of scratch marks.

Buff It Away

If the wool is slightly scorched, stop ironing, and allow the fabric to dry completely. Use a dry toothbrush to buff the area gently. Buff in a circular motion, going in the same direction as the pile of the wool fabric. This will help get rid of the scorch mark by removing any carbon dust that is deposited on it.

Dilute And Remove

A diluted solution of hydrogen peroxide and water may also help remove scorching. Take a small amount of this solution and using a cotton ball, dab it onto the affected area. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with water.

Final Thoughts 

So, there you have it! A step-by-step guide on how to iron a wool suit. It's not difficult, but it is important that you take your time and follow the instructions closely. Also, if you need to purchase a wool suit for work or formal occasions, we recommend checking out our online store. We carry some of the best quality wool suits on the market and we guarantee that you will be satisfied with your purchase.