It is easy to start an Ironing Business with little initial outlay.
You can make money from home in your own time, with no specialist skills, ironing for people who have little time to do their own.
Here, we will discuss how to start an ironing business, and things to think about before you start trading.
You will need to advertise locally. Get some business cards printed – Vista Print offer great rates for a large number of cards. You can choose from hundreds of templates.
Display your cards in local News Agents, grocery stores, libraries and other public meeting places.
Create a Facebook Page. You are more than likely to have your own Facebook Profile. To create a Facebook Page for your business, navigate to the black arrow on the very top right hand corner of your Facebook page, and click ‘create page’. There are many options to choose from and at a later stage you can even offer an online booking option.
Be sure to include your name and telephone number, perhaps your email address.
Once you are established, ‘word of mouth’ can be a very powerful advert !!
Will you Offer a Collection & Delivery Service?
Many of your customers will work full time, be busy Mothers, or elderly and will welcome the collection and delivery service. Decide on how wide an area you are willing to consider, and whether you will add on a charge for this.
Your car will need to be clean – no-one wants their clean, professionally ironed laundry to be covered in dust, or perhaps pet hair or smelling of smoke.
How Much Will You Charge?
You can decide to charge by the bagful, per item, or per hour. It would be simpler to pay by the hour.
Don’t charge too much – you will struggle to get clients. Charge too little and you will have many customers, but will be working for next to nothing.
Compare prices with other businesses who are offering the same service.
I would imagine that most of your customers would like most of their clothes finished onto hangers. Ask them to include their hangers when you pick up their order. It would be a good idea to purchase some new hangers to keep for an instance where your customer doesn’t give you enough. There are lots to choose from on eBay and Amazon.
Know your Service !!
Make sure you now the obvious basics ! For example what heat settings suit which fabrics. If you’re unsure, ALWAYS check the care label of the garment. The chart opposite from Persil is a perfect indication.
Ask your customer if they would like their shirt collars, cuffs, etc starched. Learn how to use starch and how much to use.
Know the difference between pressing and ironing….some fabrics and garments require pressing, such as pleats. Read my article on this.
If your ironing board is looking tired and tatty, this will only serve towards your ironing being less than professional looking! Invest in a ironing board that has good reviews, and maybe is extra large….this will help to get your job done faster! Take a look at Brabantia’s website.
After you have finished ironing an item, consider whether it should be folded, or hung on a hanger. Hang garments to cool after ironing, this will eliminate annoying lines before folding. There are many videos on YouTube that will show you how to fold properly.
This ‘finishing off’ will impress your customer and help towards them recommending you.
Invest In A Professional Iron
For obvious reasons, a great iron is essential.
This is the most powerful steam iron we have ever seen, and is used by several Ironing companies. You can use it for dry ironing, variable steam out put or powerful, continuous steam. You can re-fill the water reservoir at any time to give non-interrupted ironing!
Other Items You May Need
A water spray filled with water to dampen overly creased item.
A good quality hanging rail.
It is a good idea to get insurance – the last thing you need is to damage an expensive garment without insurance.
A last tip – Choose your environment – work in a smoke free area, away from pets and strong cooking smells. You customer will expect this and strange smelling ironing will deter them from using you again.
I hope this has helped you on your way to a successful business. Please bookmark my News Page for more tips and news.
Surprisingly, pressing with an iron and ironing with an iron are two significantly different actions, delivery contrasting results to your fabrics.
So how are these so different, why would you use pressing against ironing, and when would you use these separate techniques?
Here, we will discuss the difference between pressing and ironing.
What is the Pressing Technique?
The action of pressing with an iron, or indeed a steam ironing press. You will be pressing the iron into the fabric, then lifting it back up to move it across the the next section of fabric, then pressing it down again. With a steam press, you will be pulling the top plate down to press the fabric, then lifting it back up to move the next section of fabric onto the pressing bed, to repeat the pressing action.
By pressing loosely woven fabrics such as shirts, suits, silks or rayons, you are avoiding the continuous pressure and drag that the ironing technique uses, which can distort fibres, giving an unwanted shape upon finishing. These fabrics need gentle, pressing heat.
When Would You Use the Pressing Technique?
Every dressmaker will know that Pressing with an iron is a very important process to ensure a sharp and professional result.
Pressing the fabric before cutting the pattern out will ensure that the pattern pieces are a perfect shape. When the pattern calls for pressing a seam, be sure to press down with the iron, lift up and move on to the next part of the seam. The same applies for pressing darts, etc.
Many quilters will also use this technique for perfect, professional results.
What is The Ironing Technique?
I would imagine that everyone knows this. The action of pushing the iron over the fabric to ‘iron out the creases’. It is always best to iron in just one direction, eliminating the mistake of going backwards and ironing in a crease what can be difficult to remove.
When Would You Use the Ironing Technique?
You would use the ironing technique for most of your clean, washed garments.
Always check the fabric manufacturers ironing label to set your iron at the correct temperature to avoid melting or burning the garment. Never stretch the fabric whilst ironing…this can distort the garment and it will almost always, never be the same again.
With most fabrics, you can use steam whilst ironing. You can even just ‘steam’ the fabric, then shake out the wrinkles….this is the technique you would use for delicate’s such as silk.
The MAC5 RME715 Steam Iron is a very powerful steam iron, and will deliver fast, professional results, with or without steam.
Should you iron your bed sheets?
There is a great feeling of pleasure and comfort in getting between freshly laundered and pressed sheets. Bedding that looks pristine and neat gives the bedroom a professional looking finish. It also gives guest room bedrooms that aren’t used frequently a luxury feel.
Certain fabric will crease more than others. If you hate the idea of having to iron your sheets every time you wash them, avoid 100% cotton and linen. Instead, go for a cotton-polyester blend which will be easier to iron and less likely to crease in the first place.
Wash your bed linen according to the care labels, and use a fabric softener which will keep each fibre smooth and soft, prolonging the life of each item. Iron your sheets and duvet covers whilst they are still slightly damp. Fold the bed linen before ironing to create sharp creases.
Here we will discuss how to use a Domena MAC5 steam ironing press to press your bed linen.
With a Domena MAC5 steam ironing press you can iron comfortably, standing up at a counter, or sitting at a table whilst watching TV, hence eliminating backache and boredom of using a conventional iron.
These steam presses have a pressing bed that it equivalent to the size of 5 traditional irons! This large space means that you can press more area of your bed sheets at one time.
The pressing handle is comfortable and ergonomic, therefore, the operating the steam ironing press top plate to press is consequently easy and lightweight.
The hottest setting of the thermostat is linen (roughly 230 c). This is too hot for cotton sheets, so you would set the thermostat to cotton (roughly 204 c).
With its automatic and wide-angle opening, you can fit a whole sheet at the back of the steam press is readiness for pressing.
Prepare you sheets by folding length-ways. The Domena MAC5 steam presses can cope with pressing at least 4 layers of fabric, making the job of pressing your bed linen very fast.
Fold the sheet / duvet cover into the back of the press in a concertina manner – there is plenty of room.
Bring a section of the sheet forward onto the pressing bed. Next, lower the handle to half way – this will bring the steam function into action. Let the steam penetrate the fabric for about 5 seconds. Lower the handle fully and press away. Pull the pressed part of the sheet forward onto your lap and pull the next layer onto the pressing bed.
The SP4400 steam ironing press features a finishing table,which provides a particularly increased ironing surface and makes the folding of the linen much easier, especially for large items.
Lift the table upwards and you can fold your linen. Putting back into ironing position is easy.
Linen is folded out of heating space so risk of burning is avoided as the hands are away from the heating plate.
Continue in this way until you have finished. Now you can enjoy a fresh, crisp professional finish to your bedding.
Can you imagine sitting in a chair and doing your ironing whilst catching up with your TV programmes?
Well with the Domena MAC5 steam ironing press you can and you can also considerably cut your ironing time down with professional results.
No more backache or arm ache whilst achieving the most tedious of chores in the surprisingly shortest of time using the steam ironing press.
With the MAC5 steam ironing press, the top plate, when pulled down will give 33 g/cm2 of pressure, which, along with the generated steam, will give fantastic results on any item of laundry.
The MAC5 Steam Presses can give up to 200 g steam per minute – an incredible tool for your ironing.
All Domena MAC5 models of the steam ironing press all work with a steam generator system.
Cold water is held in the water container, then, as steam is called for, this water is drawn into the steam generator, which heats the water, generating and delivering steam to the clothes press or iron.
Domena Mac5 steam ironing presses are protected against scale by using the CAPT anti-scale cartridges. Read more about the CAPT system here.
If you find you have a large pile of ironing to get through, the RME715 professional iron will help you whizz through it surprisingly quickly.
This professional iron takes 5 minutes to heat up, during which time, you can organise your laundry into piles, position your ironing board, and get your water ready. The water container capacity is .65l, and can be refilled at any time to give uninterrupted ironing.
With it’s 4 bar pressure of perfect steam emission, creases in garments will disappear significantly quicker than most other irons.
The 1.5mm thick 18/10 stainless steel boiler with external heating element ensures steam is always ready, whilst the chromium plated body of this professional iron makes it strong and durable. Equally important is the anti drip sole plate to prevent those annoying drips that you have to iron out again.
Also, the steam cable is a particularly long 2 metres, which can be controlled with the clip on cable holder.
Additionally, the RME715 professional iron features:
- Steam delivery adjustment
- 5.9 kg in weight
- Useful removable water tank to refill any time during ironing process
- Precise thermostatic control to select the right temperature according to each ironing program
With it’s option of continuous steam, you can also steam upright fabrics, such as curtains.
The RME715 professional iron would be a perfect companion to our ASM650 large heated ironing board with suction and blowing functions. It can be plugged directly into the board for a professional feel and results.
Introducing the ASM650 Active Ironing Board
with Three functions giving crisp, professional ironing results.
Arriving next week is our most recent exciting product.
ASM650 ironing board with sucking and blowing heated surface will help you perform professional ironing results. ASM650 prevents steam and smells from going back up while ironing, removes condensate and the consequent dripping under the board; linen is well ironed and dry on both sides. Your work becomes precise and quick, if you enable the proper pedals:
The ASM650 active ironing board has three functions.
- A heated board speeds up ironing, and will prevent your board getting wet.
- A suction function will suck the cover into the board, allowing fabrics to be adherent to the working surface, thus avoiding crease formation.
- A blowing function lifts the most delicate fabrics, which can be ironed without being squashed, or you can just skim over the fabric with the steam from your iron.
There is also an electrical socket to connect your own steam iron, which will fit easily onto the fold-out iron holder.
Fully foldable with 2 wheels for easy transport to a cupboard, or keep it up all the time in your laundry room.