How to Iron Your Khakis

What You'll Need
Ironing Board
Khaki pants

Knowing how to iron your khaki pants will help you to look sharp even when you are dressed in business casual attire. Khakis are not hard to iron because they are made out of cotton. This is why many people believe it is not a good idea to bring your khakis to the dry cleaner at all.

Step 1 – Preheat Your Iron

The best setting to iron khaki pants is on the cotton setting. Make sure the iron is plugged in before turning the dial in order to prevent damage to the iron. Make sure the water level is high because you will want a decent amount of steam for a good press. If there is a steam control on your iron, make sure it is set to automatic. If there is not a fabric dial on the iron, set it to high.

Step 2 – Wash Your Pants

The best way to iron khakis is when they are fresh out of the dryer, but not fully dry. The heat from the dryer will help to loosen up the fibers in the pants. The looser the fibers, the easier it will be to get rid of any wrinkles or creases you do not want. If you are ironing more than one pair of pants, hang up the second pair while you work on the first.

Step 3 – Iron Your Pants

Start with wrapping the mid section of the pants around the ironing board. Iron around the pockets and buttons in order to avoid ironing in a crease you do not want. Pay special attention to any pleats your pants might have. Iron the pants cuff from the inside of the pants before working on the pants crease. In order to get a good crease, iron the main part of the pant leg flat before working on the crease. The last thing to do is to pull your pants straight on the board and iron slowly down the crease keeping it pulled tight. Hang up immediately when done.