Pressing issues or what do you do when life throws you a wrinkle or two? When dance costumes get tossed and left on the floor, or balled up in a dance bag, wrinkles can easily happen.
How do you get the wrinkles out?
- There are many ways to remove wrinkles from dance costumes. First of all, when you find a wrinkled costume – hang it up immediately. If you have days or weeks before you need it, the wrinkles may simply 'hang out'.
- If you have the luxury to let them hang in a steam-filled bathroom (courtesy of a hot shower or two), the wrinkles may 'hang out' upon completion of a few showers (being careful not to get the costumes wet).
- If this doesn’t work, or you simply don't have the time, take your costume to a dry-cleaner. If they are a full-service cleaner and have their steaming equipment on-site, with a trained technician at your disposal, you might be able to have them 'de-wrinkle' your costume while you wait. If not, maybe they can accommodate you in a short time, while you go out for a latte.
- If you don’t have time or don't wish to pay for these services, then you will need to find and use a hand-held steamer or regular iron. If you haven't used a hand-held steamer before, the key is to wait long enough for the water to get hot enough to steam. You don't want water droplets on your costume, just steam. Hold the shot of hot steam under the costume (have it on a hanger or have someone else holding it) and be careful not to burn yourself on the hot steam (the steamers have a directional spraying nozzle).
- If you don’t have a hand-held steamer, you need to get out your regular pressing iron. If it has steam, make sure that it is hot enough to create the steam. Many times irons surge in temperature, so you need to wait until it is up to the proper temperature, and not in 'super hot' mode. You need to test the iron on something that is NOT your precious costume, as you don't want to scorch or melt your costume. If you have a pressing cloth or a Teflon sheet – these items help to diffuse the heat, so you won't ruin your costume. Test the iron on a similar fabric to your costume, if you don’t have a scrap of your exact fabric available – then be VERY cautious. A few wrinkles are much preferable to a hole in your costume! See your iron's instructions for what temperature setting they recommend. Most costumes are either polyester or nylon and won’t tolerate a too-hot iron. Be careful!