Difference between “Pressing” and “Ironing”
Sridhar Nyapathi asks
What is the difference between pressing clothes and ironing clothes?
To me, in a domestic context, “ironing” clothes requires more preparation than “pressing” them.
If I’m getting ready to go out and discover that my clean clothing is slightly wrinkled, I’ll heat the iron and make a quick pass to smooth the fabric. I call that pressing.
If, on the other hand, I’ve failed to remove my clothes from the dryer quickly enough to prevent wrinkling, I’ll sprinkle and roll them and fill the steam iron in order to smooth out the deepset wrinkles. I call that ironing. (Actually, I’d probably just wash them again and make sure to stop the dryer in time.)
In a commercial context, the word pressing is the word used to describe the process of getting out wrinkles.
Here are some quotations from the web:
… ‘Mum suggested brother make bed up on floor under ironing board. Brother is staying at friend’s house’ (www.theguardian.com)
… attention to details. (One has to master the art of not making polyester shine, or double creasing.) As I was ironing a pair of pants the other day — something I hardly ever do anymore — it reminded me of my grandmother and my … (www.chicagotribune.com)
Apparatus for hot-pressing clothes, linen, or other textile articles, i.e. … being applied to the article; Similar machines for cold-pressing clothes, linen, …
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