How to Iron Socks

by David Lipscomb ; Updated September 28, 2017

Ironing socks has a practical purpose.

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Although it may seem compulsive, ironing socks with a steam iron gets out wrinkles, removing deformities like heel impressions and allowing the hosiery to retain its normal shape. However, since most socks have some artificial fabric content, the right ironing materials and iron setting must be used to avoid singed or shiny socks.

Items you will need

  • Steam iron
  • Ironing board
  • Press cloth
Step 1

Lay the sock on the ironing board on one of its sides.

Step 2

Set the iron to its highest setting. You'll be using a press cloth to protect the fibers, so there's almost no risk of damaging synthetic fiber content from high heat.

Step 3

Lay the press cloth on top of the sock. Iron the garment flat, avoiding the creation of a crisp crease along the top and bottom. Flip it over and do the same to the other side.

Step 4

Remove the sock and iron the next one.

Tips

  • If you do not have a press cloth, remember that synthetics are always ironed at the lowest temperature, moving quickly along the surface to avoid scorching the fabric. Wool socks are ironed at a medium setting, while cotton and linen are pressed on high. Most irons have icons and fabric labels representing these temperature settings.

Warnings

  • Never iron any compression clothing. Even if you use a press cloth, the high heat might affect the garment's moisture wicking properties.

Photo Credits

  • Kraig Scarbinsky/Photodisc/Getty Images

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.