How do iron-free shirts work
Non iron shirts
"Clever men rely on non-iron shirts for the perfect look"
Do you know this situation: Every minute counts in the morning because you have an important business meeting where punctuality is the top priority. Of course, on this very day, all available shirts hang to dry on the line or lie unironed in the basket because nobody felt like swinging the iron on the weekend. In a hurry you pick up the flat iron and start hectically with the unpopular activity. An ideal result can only be achieved if you own non-iron or at least easy-iron shirts your own. In the case of conventional cotton shirts, on the other hand, remaining creases and creased areas, which disrupt the overall impression, are almost inevitable.
How do items of clothing become non-iron?
The solution would be so simple, because iron-free shirts from the Russell Collection do not come off the line completely smoothly, but the ironing work is reduced to a minimum. This effect is achieved through textile finishing processes such as treatment with liquid ammonia. The fabric is then coated with a very thin synthetic resin layer, the so-called crosslinker. The result of this process is a significantly finer surface structure after washing, as an elastic bridge is formed between the molecules of the cotton, which smooths the fabric as if by magic. At the same time, the textiles are protected from wear and tear and look attractive for much longer. However, this should not hide the fact that even non-iron shirts do not come out of the laundry like freshly starched. The reason for this is the finest textile fibers that loosen due to mechanical friction in the washing machine and form an extremely fine fluff on the surface. These can only be completely smoothed out again with an iron.
We do not want to conceal another disadvantage of this procedure. Due to the chemical treatment, formaldehyde residues remain in the fabric, which can lead to skin irritation. You should therefore wash a non-iron shirt before wearing it for the first time. Unfortunately, the coating also affects the excellent wearing properties of the natural fiber. In this garment, perspiration fluid is no longer absorbed as quickly and evaporates more slowly on the surface, which can result in unsightly sweat stains.
What is the difference between easy-iron and non-iron?
Easy-iron shirts are dry-finished in a simpler and more cost-effective process without ammonia. This is done by strongly heating the cotton. This prevents the fibers from swelling too much during washing, from finding their way back into their original shape and from forming deep wrinkles. Some manufacturers improve the ironing properties of natural fibers by adding an easy-care synthetic fiber. This has a similar, if not quite as good, effect as the coating with synthetic resin and ensures that the shirt is much easier to straighten. An absolutely perfect result without an iron is wishful thinking here too.
A flawless shirt in less than three minutes
To ensure that non-iron and easy-iron clothing comes out of the washing machine as smoothly as possible, you should never fill the household helper too full and only put the textiles in the machine together with light items of laundry. Flip up the collar and close the top button, hold the cuffs in the same way. As a result, these parts remain absolutely smooth and usually do not need to be ironed in the textile-finished version. Remove the collar stiffeners to protect the collar tips. Use the easy-care program, as the washing machine washes with more water and only spins gently. This means that there are significantly fewer wrinkles and a shirt labeled as non-iron comes out of the wash almost smoothly.
When the machine is finished, remove the shirts immediately because lying in the drum for a long time ensures that unsightly creases are pressed deep into the fabric. If noted on the care label, you can of course also put your clothes in the dryer. The same applies here: Don't over-pack. Alternatively, hang the damp garment on a hanger, close the top collar button and let it dry. As a result, you may have to smooth the seams of non-iron shirts and, depending on your individual requirements, you can briefly go with the iron over the collar and cuffs. Even in the most hectic morning you can do this in a few seconds and can keep your appointment with a perfectly smooth shirt.
How can you save yourself ironing when traveling?
Unfortunately, this is not always possible even with textiles marked as non-iron. With our tips, however, the ironing effort is minimized, so that you can score with a perfectly ironed Russell Collection shirt when traveling. Always pack your clothes very carefully. The top collar button is opened so that the shirt lies flat. Fold the sleeves horizontally across the chest and fold back the cuff. Fold the lower part upwards so that it protects the collar. The advantage of this method: There are significantly fewer wrinkles.
But what to do when a souvenir from dinner adorns your shirt? If there is no cleaning service available in the hotel, wash the clothes carefully by hand, unwind them slightly and hang up the shirt while it is wet. This works great in the shower, where the water can run off without contaminating the floor. Iron the textiles while hanging with a lot of steam, there are special small-format travel irons that do an excellent job. Since the depth of wrinkles on non-iron Russell Collection shirts is not deep, they disappear in no time due to the moisture and the shirt is absolutely smooth.
If necessary, you can flatten the collar and cuffs while lying on the hotel bed. Put a towel or tea towel underneath to prevent damage to the mattress.
If you wear a jacket and a tie over your shirt, you can save iron altogether with the non-iron Russell Collection models. When hung wet, these are so smooth that no one will see that you have given up the annoying ironing work.
Non-iron shirts come out of the wash so perfectly that the effort for the unpopular housework is reduced to a few minutes. Shirts marked as “easy iron” can be smoothed out much faster than those that have not been finished at all. It is important to clean the textiles gently and to dry them while hanging on a hanger. Always pack the items of clothing carefully in the case so that creases do not become indented. Shirts, which by definition do not need to be ironed, can be hand-washed when traveling, hung up dripping wet and put on again straight away. The modern materials smooth themselves out almost by themselves and tiny creases under the jacket, which sometimes remain despite the special finishing, are no longer noticeable.
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