Iron Suits Without DAMAGING Them? | How To CORRECTLY Press Suit Jackets

Iron Suits Without DAMAGING Them? | How To CORRECTLY Press Suit Jackets


How To Iron & Steam Suits Without DAMAGING
Them Press Suit Jackets Do’s & Don’ts [0:00:00]
The jacket easily one of the most important pieces in a man’s wardrobe. It’s your suit of armor when you need to
look your best. Unfortunately, like all pieces of dress clothing
it will develop wrinkles and too many wrinkles can make even the most handsome jacket looks
sloppy. So, how to get rid of them? Well, sending your jacket to the cleaners
to be professional pressed, that’s a great option and without a doubt if you’ve got
a trusted professional, this can yield excellent result. However, if you’re sending your jacket to
get professionally pressed all the time, this can start to get expensive. But how do you deal with wrinkles when you’re
traveling or if you need that jacket pressed hours before an important event? Gentlemen, in today’s video I’m going
to give you two methods that you can use to properly and safely steam and press your jacket. Method number one. Steaming the jacket. To get started with method number one, here
is what you’re going to need. First, a steamer. There are two main types of steamers; there’s
the smaller ones for traveling and the full size ones for a home. If you’ll often be steaming multiple items
of clothing in your house, I highly recommend you go out there and buy a full size steamer. Those are going to work best, they put out
a lot of steam. If you travel frequently though or you’ve
got a small apartment, then go ahead and just get a travel steamer. A clean jacket. Gentlemen, you want to make sure that the
jacket you’re going to be steaming and pressing is free from stains and dirt. Heat and steam can sometimes permanently set
a stain, so you want to make sure to spot clean any dirty spots on the jacket before
exposing it to the heat. Distilled water. Only use distilled water in your steamer [jugs],
tap water can leave sediment buildup that will decrease the steamer’s effectiveness
over time. Gentlemen, you’re going to need to hang
your jacket in order to steam it. Use only wide shouldered hangers. Now, as you’re steaming the jacket, you
can actually leave it hanging in your closet if there’s enough room, if there’s not,
then take it into the bathroom and just hang in on the shower rod. Fill your steamer with distilled water and
turn it on. Give it two to three minutes to fully heat
up. It may take a little bit longer if you’re
using a full size steamer with a lot of water. You will steam the jacket in sections pulling
the fabric taught before pressing the steamer head to the fabric. Slowly move the steamer in an up and down
motion. If the wrinkles aren’t coming out, you may
be moving the steamer too quickly. The primary areas that will need attention
will be around the elbows, the back of the jacket, and maybe a few small spots on the
front of the jacket. Be careful not to over steam using an excess
amount of steam around the seams can cause them to lose their shape aka blown the seams. Overall steaming is an excellent method to
get rid of the jacket’s wrinkles. Overall, there’s very little risk in damaging
your jacket. But maybe you don’t have a steamer or perhaps
that jacket has got a wrinkle which isn’t coming out. In this case, let’s look at the second method. Method two. Ironing your jacket. Here’s what you need to iron your jacket;
a pressing cloth. Most jackets are made from delicate fabrics
like wool that can be easily damaged by a hot iron. Gentlemen, you will never put that hot iron
up against the jacket, you will use a pressing cloth. This pressing cloth is going to protect your
jacket from scorches and getting shiny marks. A simple white cotton pocket square is going
to be fine. A clean iron. Gentlemen, you got to make sure that you’ve
got a clean iron. You don’t want anything that’s going to
leave stains. Now, most jackets are going to be darker color,
but if it’s a lighter color you definitely want to test the iron to make sure that you
don’t have any sediment shooting out. Again, if you start to have sediment or any
type of looks like stains, rust, or anything in there, use a solution of 50% vinegar 50%
distilled water, run it through the steam functions of the iron and that can help to
clean that out. A clean jacket. Again, you’ve got to make sure the jacket
is free from dirt and stains to avoid permanently setting any of this. So, if you noticed any stains, you noticed
any dirt, do some spot cleaning. A standard iron board. It’s much easier to use a board than ironing
on a table. The board doesn’t need to be fancy, the
basic ironing board found in any department store will do nicely. Gentlemen, you have to use distilled water. Regular water can lead to sediment buildup
and it can damage the iron and it can leave sediment on the clothing. To start, set the iron to the right heat setting. Now, we’re talking about jackets here, so
it is going to most likely be wool. That’s a lower heat setting. But if this is a cotton jacket, then you’re
going to want to turn up the temperature a bit. It’s always better though to start with
a lower temperature, then you can turn the heat up. Use the press method instead of sliding the
iron like you would for a dress shirt. So, press the iron evenly on top of the fabric
for a few seconds, then pick it straight up and move to another spot, sliding the iron
back and forth can lead to shiny marks on the fabric. Now, I’m not going to lie, a jacket is rather
difficult to iron especially around the shoulders. I highly recommend only pressing the areas
that really need attention like the back, the elbows, the parts of the front that have
a bit of wrinkles and leaving the rest to a professional. [0:05:01]
To iron the back of the jacket, lay it out flat on the ironing board. Smooth out the fabric, so you will not make
any creases. Careful, press out the wrinkles by setting
the iron straight down and picking it up again before moving to a new spot. Again, focus only on the wrinkled areas. When ironing over the vents, make sure they’re
aligned properly. When it comes to the sleeves, only iron in
the middle of the sleeve. If you press on the edges, you’ll form a
crease. While this may look great on a dress shirt,
it’s undesirable on jacket. Be careful around the jacket lapels, this
is another area where you don’t want to create a crease. If you need to iron the lapels, go over them
gently with the iron. There you have it gentlemen. Though you will probably still need to get
your jacket professionally cleaned and pressed every now and then, these two methods can
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82 comments

  1. Great video Antonio. I've definitely had my suits develop shine from ironing it. Im going to have to switch to a steamer or try the press cloth method. Thanks!! #RMRS

  2. Will you try pressing your suit at home now?

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  3. There were no videos in youtube on how to iron a jacket safely. Now after this video I can once in a while Iron my jackets without worrying a lot. 😎👍🏾👍🏾

  4. i live in a very saft water zone, i have noticed even after years i dont have any build up of calcium on the kettle element a slight scaling thats it and its an old kettle, now i have a steamer at home and you mentioned distilled water, if i have no buildup of calcium and magnesium salts on the kettle do you think it will still be vital to use distilled water as thats an extra hassle that to be honest if not needed i have other things to deal with, i can see the water issue in some places, any thoughts as i also cannot effort a new steamer, i dont steam clothes that often only when i need to, but its the steamers life that now concerns me. anyway you will domesticate us males somehow eh. keep up the work my lady has said, so she seems to approve, so i cant moan at being domesticated a bit

  5. An excellent supplement to the ironing shirts and pants videos. This does help if you don't have the convenience of a nearby, dry cleaners or cleaners closed for the business day.

  6. Wow. I found this channel recently and I have been watching these videos regularly. I love the videos. Everything from your amazing voice and your video style permeates "manliness" and top quality. Even your segways into adds are perfect!! Amazing work as usual!
    Any tips for a boy coming into manhood? I really do need the help. My style is still the sneakers jeans and tshirt that all "boys" wear.
    I am of average height, skinny and not all that muscular. I am going for an academic sort of style, think doctor.

    Oh almost forgot! What sort of wear is perfect for hot humid climates? Nothing works for me! Any help from the guys here?

  7. Now then…. Do you have a video on how to properly iron pants? Like dress pants ect. I heard you never iron jeans!

  8. It's cool that you include clothing maintance into your content Antonio 🙂 awesome tutorial though

  9. Hello there ! Quick question for a suggestion!
    My name is Ethan and well i'm 5.6 i'm not tall and on top of that i'm stocky. not the large chub but the thin muscular type. (If id work out the abs more and ate better id look like zach effron)
    I love to enjoy the pleasure of a conversation of a woman and always love to dress to impress! Since my family is odd in size being i only appear like my dad in bone structure yet have the features like my mom only in a guy version (my sisters are the opposite). I struggle to find shirts that fit properly or are even in stock because of my size. I also don't really have the money but i like to spend 100 or so every few months to update my clothes. I like to wear nicer clothes unless im knowing im doing yard work but to find the nice cloths im not sure how they work on me? I struggle to find nice jeans that have the lenght i need for the nicer shoes but they usually have a too big of waist thus im wearing a belt having them strunched up. i hide it with longer shirts but it just doesnt really help me witht the ladies. I have no lack of drive to speak to the ladies but i just feel im not having the apeal conection via the looks and clothes.. Is there any way you can help!! (FYI im not specific to one field of work. I own a business, work as a receptionist, and work in the field. usualy in the same day. )
    JUST PLEASE HELP ME BE ABLE TO WALK IN THE ROOM AND HAVE AT LEAST ONE HOT GIRL LOOK!! They already think im cute how do i get to the sexy fine lol

  10. Hey Antonio, I need help finding a light, military style jacket similar to an M-65 or an Ike jacket. Any suggestions?

  11. Hi Antonio,

    Great video! I'm always afraid of ironing my suits, because I don't want to mess them up, thanks for the tips.

    I was wondering if you could give me your opinion on something;

    I'm in my mid 20s and ever since sophomore year of high school I have always tried to be well dressed.

    Thanks to your channel I've been getting more and more advanced. Particularly, you've greatly helped me to focus on "nailing the fit."

    Since high school I've loved 1930s-40s fashion so I blend this with my modern fit attire by getting custom tailored suits with a vintage flair (double breasted or 3 buttons etc…). I also wear jeans/chinos and collared shirts very often (this is the most casual I will go).

    However, some of my friends and many of my family think I dress like "an old man," and they say "why don't you dress in a tee-shirt instead of a suit," or they say "dress more your age," you're to "formal."

    Any thoughts on how to politely respond to when they say these things? I already say, "I'm comfortable dressed like this," but they still say I'm "stuffy."

    Thanks for answering if you have the time.

    – Edward

  12. Hello Antonio,

    Which iron are you using in the video? I would like to buy that model.

    Thank you in advance. Eagerly awaiting your next video!

  13. Awesome tip to look great when you really need it but as you said I'm still very carefull with suits so I'm leaving it to professionals.

  14. Now I know how to iron a suit….hopefully my sons will watch and learn…and now ill be able to iron hubby's suits

  15. Thanks! That was perfect timing. I was headed out today for a photoshoot and i had to iron a lot of suits and button up shirts with my parents!

  16. Very educational. I like these types of videos. No other men's channels really talk about stuff like this.

  17. Thanks for all your videos Antonio! I was THE best dressed guy at the event last week! Just over a year ago i wouldn't even have dared step out the door for such an occasion …

  18. I appreciate the video, but now my suit is covered in more blatant creases all along the arms. Ironing is so frustrating!!!

  19. Just found out about a business meeting tomorrow morning that I need a suit for. I just moved to this city, and had my suits in suit bags, “folded neatly” in the back of my car. I took them out and holy hell were they wrinkled. This helped me a ton. They aren’t perfect, but no one will notice. And for now, that’s good enough. Thanks for the vid.

  20. Moved to a new city and had first day at the new office. Suits were wrinkled. This helped a great deal. Many thanks !!

  21. I have a blazer that I got most of the heavy wrinkles out of by wetting it, putting it in the dryer, and hanging it up immediately. I’m going to try steaming out the smaller ones (my iron thankfully has a steaming function).

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