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Questioning Mary Schmich: How to Iron Clothes: An Information Desk Perspective

This is Reference Awareness Month. Enjoy this reflection on how we help people every day from the Information Desk.

Mary Schmich at the Chicago Tribune stated in a column recently that few people iron clothes any more. With so many people wearing cotton, the Information Desk staff wondered if this could be true. We also wondered what we had at the library to teach the art of ironing well.

We knew Good Housekeeping would have to include ironing in its The Good Household Encyclopedia (640 GOO), and we were right. First the editors recommend organizing your clothes to start with the fabrics that need cooler irons to save time as the iron heats. The editors explain how to place pants, shirts, dresses, and skirts with pleats on the board and what motions to use. They also discuss buying an iron.

The Experts’ Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do (640 ETT), right between “Do Laundry” and “Sew a Button.” Mary Ellen Pinkham from HGTV recommends an order for ironing, starting with the collar and yoke and ending with a retouch of the collar. She also makes recommendations about the ironing board cover and using a spray bottle to mist.

Martha Stewart wins the award for the most detail in Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook (640 STE). Fourteen pages! Stewart describes equipment and ironing methods for trousers (they are not pants to Stewart) and shirts, as well as round, oval, and rectangular tableclothes. She gives advice on starches and buying a rotary iron for households often laundering linens.

Want to learn to do things that you feel you should already know how to do? Ask at the Information Desk. We are the how-to-do-it-look-up experts.  –  Rick

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This entry was posted on October 3, 2012 by in Book Review, Non-Fiction, Reference.
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