Tips and Tricks to help you Iron Your Pleated Items
Now that I have a few pleated skirts I did some research on the best way to iron pleats. I've been experimenting so I thought I might share some of my tips with you.
The best way to iron a pleated skirt, for example, is on an ironing board. This is because you can put the skirt over the board length ways and rotate the skirt around, ironing as you go. You will easily be able to see the end of your job this way. My next tip is using paper clips to hold your pleats in place.
First fill your iron with water so you can iron with steam. Make sure you look at the care tag on your pleated skirt and set the iron to the setting most appropriate for the fabric it is made from. If you are worried about ironing an item, my rule of thumb is to start with a clean cloth over the item first. If that is not removing the wrinkles increase the heat WITHOUT removing the protective cloth. Remember safety first.
Put your skirt waist band over the ironing board and press that first. Then put the body of the skirt over the board so that the pleats run parallel to the board edge. Gather the fabric at the bottom of the skirt so that you can lay the pleats flat and together from top to bottom. Use paper clips to secure the pleats at the bottom of the skirt so that they all lay flat. Make sure there are no tucks and creases. It's best to only secure an iron width amount of pleats at a time and then iron those. You can then rotate the skirt over the board and start the process again.
When ironing the pleats, start from the waist band and iron down to the bottom of the skirt. Another tip is to work from the inside of the pleat to the outside. Remember to set the pleats with a shot of steam. Press the pleats carefully with a lower-and-lift motion, hitting the steam button just before you make contact with the skirt. Don't drag the iron on the fabric because you could stretch your skirt.
Once you have finished hang your skirt up straight away. The above process can be modified for other pleated items because the general idea to flatten and arrange the pleats is universal.