A pressing problem

  chub_tor 14:28 09 Jul 2014

Not having had the advantage of National Service (I was deferred during my apprenticeship and it stopped before I completed) nor of ever serving in any of Her Majesty's Services it follows that I am completely hopeless at pressing my trousers. All other garments are fine but I have always struggled to make my trousers neat and with creases in all the right places. Any tips would be welcomed by me (my wife absolutely refuses to press my trousers).

  bumpkin 14:51 09 Jul 2014

A trouser press springs to mind but I have never used one. Not something I normally have to do but when I have had to I could get a reasonable result if I spent enough time on it. Keep practicing or take them to the laundry is another option.

  Aitchbee 15:22 09 Jul 2014

After washing trousers in the washing machine at the appropriate temperature [usually 30 C], take 'em out immediately and holding 'em up at the 'belt end' with one hand, 'brush' 'em [vertically] down with the out-stretched fingertips of the other hand a few times. You might consider laying the carefully folded trousers [while still damp] on an iron-board and using similar [horizontal] brush strokes, this time with the palm of your hand[s].

These simple actions may render the trousers 'adequately respectible' [ after hanging up to dry] for normal usage. [No ironing neccessary]

  Aitchbee 15:36 09 Jul 2014

... another method, that does not require an iron, is to lay the damp trousers in 'crease position' [overnight] in a 'sandwich' of 2 large sheets of brown paper underneath an easily accessible floormat. [the heavier the better.]

... sheets of newspapers are OK to use only if the trousers are of a dark colour ... otherwise the newsprint would be transferred to the trouser material :o[

  martd7 15:46 09 Jul 2014

Underneath the mattress on a bed works ok overnight,no ironing required

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:16 09 Jul 2014

My good lady went away for a few days and was surprised on her return to find all the washing done and ironed and put away.

I just kept quiet and didn't tell her I had bundled it all off to the "Iron Lady" (no not that one), a few quid well spent.


  john bunyan 16:26 09 Jul 2014


This was one of the things we were first taught in the RM - before all else, together with sock darning, hand washing and personal hygiene. MechKB 2 's link has it in more detail than I would have remembered!

  john bunyan 17:01 09 Jul 2014

MechKB 2

I was never taught to darn a sock in the Marines

Then you obviously are a young "skin" and joined after woollen socks and "boots,SV" were in use. To wash such socks the water had to be, like Goldilock's porridge , neither too hot nor cold, to avoid shrinking or hardness! I bet you even had access to washing machines!! Your green lid, however, was, I am sure, just as hard to obtain as the "old" days. (said he, with lamp a'swinging)

  BT 17:50 09 Jul 2014

with bell bottoms you had horizontal creases as they folded up in pay book size

Reminds me of the time when my Sister pressed my Nephew's Sea Cadet trousers with straight up & down creases thinking she was helping him out. She wasn't very popular to say the least!

  john bunyan 17:53 09 Jul 2014

MechKB 2

This will sound like the Monty Python 4 Yorkshiremen joke, but in 1955 we earned 4/- a day, had black webbing for field use (11 tins of Kiwi in first week) , had white "blues" webbing (White Blanco) , all brass (no staybrights) polished with Brasso , hand washing ( no TV, Washing machines, steam irons), blanket pins - no sleeping bags. Only SBS and CL had wooly pullies and bergens . Things rapidly improved such that these days, I am pleased to say, the modern lads have probably the best personal kit in the world (not sure about boots, as ever).

Sorry for slight digression from thread.

  chub_tor 17:57 09 Jul 2014

Thank you for all your suggestions and particularly the link from MechKB 2 which I will endeavour to follow the next time trousers come out of the wash. Starting by ironing the pockets is something I would never have thought of. Some of your other suggestions are interesting but I have little or no control over the washing/drying so invariably I am presented with a pair of badly creased trousers that have been bundled up in laundry basket and are bone dry when I get them. I do use a steam iron and this does have the advantage of taking out all the extra creases that I often make when trying to make my trousers look respectable. So thanks once again and I will mark this as resolved.

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