Iron a Short-Sleeved Polo
Edited by Olivia, Christine Cruz, Eng, Lynn and 2 others
Short-sleeved polo shirts are a popular staple of work and school uniforms, as well as part of a casual but put-together wardrobe. They're typically lower maintenance than button-down dress shirts, but they do benefit from ironing. If you're not careful about folding or hanging your polo shirts immediately after removing them from the dryer, it will cause them wrinkle and crease, resulting in a messy appearance. In some cases, the collar will start to curl after a few washes. You can easily restore the neat, wrinkle-free appearance of your polo shirts by ironing them after each wash, and this usually takes less than 10 minutes.
Steps to Iron a Polo Shirt
- 3Place the inside part of the collar flat on the ironing board. Spray it lightly and evenly with the water bottle, but do not saturate the material. A squeeze or two on the sprayer will do. Test the iron's heat on the ironing board first. Though you've set the temperature for cotton, it may be too hot for the polo you're going to iron. Check the tag to find out what type of material your shirt is made out of and adjust the heat setting if necessary. Run the iron repeatedly over the collar. If your iron has a steam button, press it to release the steam, then do a dry run over the collar to evaporate the water. Usually, all wrinkles will easily disappear after one to three runs of the iron. As the water evaporates because of the heat, the wrinkles go, too. If the collar has a tendency to curl up, lightly spray it with starch or sizing and iron over it a few more times. Flip it over, then spray and iron the other side, too.
- 8Hold of the tip of the sleeve and lay it flat on the ironing board as shown below. Spray with the water or steam and iron it out. Do the same with the back part of the sleeve. Repeat this procedure with the other sleeve. This is also the same procedure you will use to iron a long- sleeved shirt. Use a clothes hanger to hang the shirt immediately so that it won't get wrinkled again.
- It is best to use fabric softener on the shirt before ironing. When the fabric is softer, it's easier to iron.
- Ironing clothes while they are still slightly damp cuts out the need for steam or a spray bottle, and it can even help extend the life of the clothing since it's spending less time in the dryer.
How to Care for a Polo Shirt
If you've purchased a new polo shirt, you have to care for it properly to keep it looking new. The way you wash, dry, iron, fold, hang and store your shirt will make a difference in the amount of fading, shrinking and wear that takes place. Follow the tips below to keep your polo shirt looking its best for as long as possible.
- 1Wash it in cold water.
- Using wire hangers can snag fabric or stretch out the fabric at the shoulders, so it's best to stick with wooden or plastic ones.
- Store your polo shirts in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight.
Questions and Answers
What if you will iron a school polo?
I usually wear a school polo when going to school but I don't know how to iron it.
In addition to the steps on how to iron a polo shirt from this VisiHow article, there is a Youtube Video which you can follow step by step to iron your school uniform polo. To keep from having to iron your uniforms all the time, immediately take them out of the dryer and hang them. Shake out the shirt before you hang it up and keep from crowding several shirts together. Give the hung shirt space before you hand up the next shirt. To freshen the shirt, hang it on the bathroom door while taking a shower and smooth out any small wrinkles that occurred after you hung it up the first time. Consider using a light spray starch when you iron your polo shirts to keep the collar from curling up.
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