By: Mitch Johnson

What will be the best temperature when we are ironing the cloth? Find some tips in ironing your clothes as per their fabrics.

DYNEL, spun from chemicals is exceptionally tough and versatile. Extremely resistant to strong acids, alkalies, and a range of chemicals, it finds an important place in clothing for industrial workers. It is used for blankets, socks, draperies, and a variety of wool-like materials. For Dynels marked washable, water up to 170 F. can be used. This is hotter than the hands can stand. Any kind of soap or detergent can be used. However, Dynel is very sensitive to ironing heat. Use a "cool" iron, never hotter than 240 F. of heat. (Usually wrinkles fall out of Dynel without any ironing at all.)

For clothing, Dynel appears most often in napped or piled fabrics and in blends. Fleece-type coats of spring and summer weights are made of Dynel, and they are lightweight, warm, and wrinkle-resistant. In appearance they resemble wool or cashmere. These can be washed by the method described for Orion or nylon fleece coats and need no pressing.

PRESSING TEMPERATURE. Proper laundering and drip drying eliminate the need to iron or press most of the clothing made of synthetic fibers and their blends. When ironing is desirable, however, it may be confusing to say, as for Dynel, that the iron should be "never hotter than 240 F.". How will you know? Here is a scale that will help you decide how to set your iron.

On most irons, according to fabric specialists, the temperature range is from 180 to 550 F. The temperature required for heavy cottons and linens is the highest setting from 500 to 550 F. The wool setting is from 450 to 500 F.; lightweight cottons and some rayons, 400 to 450 F.; and for silk it is about 350 F. For synthetics the temperature is considerably lower than for silk. Ironing temperatures are lowered slightly when a steam iron or a dampened press cloth are used, and is recommended for synthetics.

HEAT, MOISTURE CONTENT, AND PRESSURE all must be considered for smooth successful ironing and it is not always easy to gauge any of these factors for the great variety of new fabrics we have today. If the iron is not hot enough it won't press out the wrinkles. If it is too hot it may glaze or melt certain synthetics.
To avoid casualties at your ironing board always begin with the fabrics that you know require the least heat, and work toward the heavy cottons and linens that need the most. If you are dealing with a material you do not understand, or a blend that puzzles you, set the iron for the synthetic temperature first. Or test your ironing temperature cautiously on the edge of an inner seam.

WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BRING in new fabrics and finishes can only be guessed, as the scientists work away with their test tubes and retorts. The stack of ironing keeps getting smaller as the new textiles appear, but at the same time womenand men toomust be more attentive to the composition and finish of the materials used in the clothes they buy. New materials always mean new techniques and, if these are not understood, the advantage may be lost. So no more tossing away of labels, please, when new suits and dresses are unwrapped, or you will find yourself in a fog of indecision when wash-day rolls around.

Proper laundering and drip drying eliminate the need to iron or press most of the clothing made of synthetic fibers and their blends. For smooth and successful ironing you must put the attention on the heat, moisture content and pressure. Use the least heat paper board.

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