The condition of your sweater can heavily influence the impression you make with your outfit. Whether you pair your sweater with business-professional or casual attire, you'll need to remove any wrinkles and creases that can create a sloppy, haphazard appearance. Always read the garment care tag before ironing or cleaning a sweater -- tags indicate the appropriate ironing temperature and special precautions to consider when removing creases.
Plug the iron into an electric outlet and adjust the heat to the appropriate temperature setting for the sweater's fabric. Iron wools, such as cashmere, with it set on a medium to medium-high temperature; cotton on a high heat setting; and synthetics such as acrylic on low heat.
Turn the sweater inside-out to minimize the risk of visible damage should there be an accident.
Lay the sweater with the sleeves stretched along the length of the ironing board, and then smooth out any bumps and wrinkles with your hands.
Place a slightly damp, white pressing cloth, such as cotton towel, over the first crease you plan to iron.
Press the heated iron onto the pressing cloth and hold it still for three to four seconds. Remove the iron and pressing cloth; repeat the process if the crease is still visible.
Place the pressing cloth over each crease and repeat Step 5 until the entire garment is free of creases and wrinkles.
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Use a spray bottle to mist the pressing cloth and keep it slightly damp.
Do not bring the iron into direct contact with the sweater, which can cause a sheen or singe delicate fabrics.
Avoid stroking or twisting motions, which can stretch and damage the material.
Never leave a hot iron unattended.
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