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How To Iron Slacks

Updated on August 22, 2013

The Process

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How To Begin

Ironing a pair of slacks is not fun. Personally, it is the last piece of clothing that I care to deal with, but knowing how to iron slacks correctly makes the job a lot easier. Once a system is established, a person can do several pairs very quickly.

To begin, you will need an ironing board and steam iron. Take the slacks and place them waist first on the ironing board. Begin ironing the top section of the slacks. Steam the fabric as you iron, eliminating all wrinkles. Don't forget to iron the waist band. Make sure that the pockets are flat and properly placed underneath before ironing the pocket area.

Step By Step

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Ironing The Pant Legs

After ironing the upper part of the slacks, take the slacks off of the ironing board. Line up the seams and creases on the pant legs. Lay them over the ironing board. Begin at the INSIDE top portion of the leg by pulling back one leg and ironing on the leg still on the ironing surface. Make sure to lay the material flat before ironing. Use your steam to eliminate all wrinkles and make nice creases on both sides. Shift the pants leg down as you iron, leaving the already ironed portion hanging off of the board.

When one leg is finished, realign the pants legs and turn the pants over. Iron the second leg just like the first, making sure the seam is lined up all the way down the leg. Practice will help you move more quickly.

You Are Almost Done

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Ironing the Outside Portions Of The Legs

After ironing the inside portion of the legs, place the two ironed legs together, matching the seams and creases. Lay the legs over the ironing board and iron the outside of the pants beginning where the top portion was ironed and working your way down. Laying the pants flat will help to eliminate any wrinkles while ironing.

When you have finished that side, flip the pants over and do the other side in the same manner. You should have a nicely ironed pair of pants. Did you miss a spot? Go back and re-steam any remaining wrinkles or missed spots.

Don't Wrinkle Them After All That Work!

Aftercare of the Ironed Slacks

To place an ironed pair of slacks on a thin metal hanger will create a crease. If you will hang your slacks, use a thicker hanger to keep the pants wrinkle free. A plastic hanger or a hanger with cardboard around the wire from the cleaners will work fine. My husband uses a multi-level hanger for his ironed slacks. These hangers create more hanging space in a cramped closet. I gently fold the pants in half and lay them on the end of the couch for him to hang in his closet.

That wasn't too bad, was it? I find that ironing slacks at one time is a time saver. Repeating the process over and over makes for faster ironing and eliminates extra ironing time.

Don't expect perfect results when you first begin. As you practice, you will get better at producing well ironed slacks. Turn on a good movie and enjoy your process!

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    Marie Giunta 

    7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    I hate ironing but with great tips like these I could tolerate it I guess. I always seem to get the double line pleat at the front, they never look as good as these do. Thanks PaulaK.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Good luck Netlexis!

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    Katherine Koch 

    7 years ago from Southern California

    I'd hate for you to see what I do when ironing slacks... eew! They never look as nice as these, but thanks for sharing. Maybe now I'll do it right.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Cheersm Viryabo! BkCreative, maybe someday it will come in handy!

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    BkCreative 

    7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

    Oddly enough - this makes me feel like ironing some slacks. I won't actually do it but I feel like doing it.

    Thanks for a great hub! Rated up for making me feel like doing this.

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    viryabo 

    7 years ago

    Ok Paula, i really needed these tips badly. I just cant seem to iron slacks well. Now this step by step way of doing it the right way is what i've needed all these years.

    Thanks for sharing. Now i tried it as you've stated and for the 1st time, i got it right.

    Cheers.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    ListLady, you make me smile!

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    TheListLady 

    7 years ago from New York City

    Sigh! I love how nice yours look. But, I have given up. So I bought these great linen pants that look fine wrinkled, and then the black jeans that when I wear them I naturally press out the wrinkles because that is the value of tight pants. Whew!

    What an interesting hub. Many thanks because one day I may have to iron, I mean I do - but it's a mess and eventually if I wear the pants long enough the wrinkles will fall out.

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    Marie Kirchner 

    7 years ago

    Paula, you definitely have a talent for this! Your article is very helpful.

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    Paula Kirchner 

    7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Quill, you amaze me. Good for you. Breakfastpop, this is a hard one for many people. Hope this hub helps you.

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    breakfastpop 

    7 years ago

    Thanks for the tips. You have no idea how bad I am at this!

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    "Quill" 

    7 years ago

    Certainly do not mind sharing I do not mind do the ironing when it needs to be done. Learned it as a young man in the Militia and have always looked after getting the crease where it belongs.

    Great hub

    Blessings

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