With workplaces shut and celebrations put on hold, many of us haven't ironed in months. But as life slowly returns to normal, and with school pupils either back or due back soon, now could be the time to dig out your iron and spruce up you or your family's wardrobe.
If you can't remember how to iron a shirt or what those symbols on the care label actually mean, don't panic: we've pulled together 10 fool-proof ironing tips.
We've also got advice on caring for your iron - and how to stop creases before they happen.
Check out our video guide below, or keep scrolling for our ironing do's and don'ts.
You might not realise it, but making your ironing job easier starts before you've even got your iron out. Overloading your washing machine can cause clothes to crumple so leave plenty of room for clothes to tumble around.
It might seem obvious, but make sure your clothes are clean before you iron them.
Ironing a stain can make it stick, so it's always best to iron clothes when they're fresh from the washing machine or tumble dryer.
If your clothes are already dry, dampen them using the iron's spray function or a spray bottle - you can use an empty cleaning bottle (just make sure it's thoroughly rinsed out).
Ironing water is said to prevent limescale build-up, shift stubborn stains and leave your clothes smelling extra fresh. However, you can manage just fine without it.
In fact, lots of ironing brands caution against using ironing water.
Tefal told us: 'Scented or treated waters can damage your iron or generator, as the chemicals leave residue which can damage seals and moving parts.
'Treated water can also have a higher boiling point, which can result in incomplete steam generation.'
Your ironing board should be at the right height for you: too high and you won't get enough pressure on the iron; too low and you'll get backache.
As a general rule, your arm should be at a 90-degree angle when you iron.
Instead of reaching for whatever's at the lop of the laundry pile, separate your clothes into different fabrics. This means you won't have to adjust the settings each time you iron an item and be left waiting for the iron to heat up or cool down.
If you don't know what fabric a garment is made from, check the care label - it should tell you the fabric composition, and whether it's safe to iron.
Some clothes can't be ironed, so it's best to find out before you start ironing - and end up burning a hole through your new top. Others require a press cloth, such as a clean cotton tea towel, to protect them from direct heat.
If you aren't sure what the symbols on the care label mean, check out our guide below.
There's no point ironing your clothes if you don't keep them crease-free.
Have a pile of hangers next to the ironing board - or iron beside your wardrobe, so you can hang clothes up as soon as they're ironed.
Wiggling the iron can stretch the fabric, so it's best to stick to long, straight strokes.
Make sure you drain the water tank after each use. Stagnant water allows limescale to form, which can clog the steam ducts and make the iron less effective.
Before you put your iron back in the cleaning cupboard, it's also a good idea to initiate the self-cleaning function (if your iron has one).
The instructions manual should tell you how often to initiate it, but this is typically a minimum amount - if you live in a hard water area, you might need to do it more regularly.
We test dozens of irons each year. And because our tests are independent - we don't accept freebies from manufacturers or retailers - and based on decades of experience, you can trust the results to be accurate and unbiased.
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