Talk:Ironing

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Symbolization[edit]

I think that this page could improve a lot if we also explored the symbolization of the iron in America. Right now the page is mostly talking about ironing and what it is, different ways to do it, etc. We could increase the size and scope of this article if I were to add a section about symbolization, focusing on the women's rights struggle and what the iron had to do with it all. I will be incoorporating Milton Avery's painting Woman Ironing in this feature. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tabithapetrini (talkcontribs) 20:42, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Why?[edit]

The one answer I couldn't find in any language Wiki I can understand: Why do we iron clothes?

Why do people iron their clothes? And please don't tell me "because it looks better". I asked that about two dozen people and no one could answer me. But there must have been a reason to do so, even if it is redundant now. We are so used to do it and forget why we do it. I mean, vacuum cleaning makes sense as there is dust on the floor. Washing clothes makes sense as they get dirty. But why do we iron our clothes? Was this something cultural? Many people stopped doing it, yet no one seems offended by a person with unironed clothes. What is the sense behind ironing? 78.43.7.44 (talk) 09:35, 19 April 2011 (UTC)

I seem to remember reading that the original purpose of ironing clothes was not to remove wrinkles but to kill external parasites and eggs (fleas, lice, scabies mites) attached to clothing or in the seams, which washing alone would not kill. 92.28.199.46 (talk) 11:43, 18 January 2010 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2.100.112.168 (talk)

Ironing hair[edit]

Some women use an iron to straighten their hair. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.240.234.212 (talkcontribs) on 28 Oct 2006

OK, I've added a link to hair iron in the "See also" section. Fayenatic london 23:08, 8 February 2007 (UTC)

Thank you for the list of ironing temperatures. They came in helpful. However, most irons list "Rayon" which your list does not show.71.63.29.247 22:21, 22 April 2007 (UTC) tell me about steam irons —Preceding unsigned comment added by 208.163.32.12 (talk) 21:06, 23 September 2007 (UTC)

Repetitive Strain Injury?[edit]

Does any conclusive evidence exist which proves ironing causes RSI? I'm not certain that this is factual. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 82.5.42.9 (talk) 22:15, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

temperatures[edit]

Can anyone confirm that typical temperatures on irons are:

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383.15 K
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423.15 K
···
573.15 K

? This is in Kelvins in order not te be biased neither in favour of ℃ nor ℉. 83.9.74.81 (talk) 00:06, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Commercial ironing equipment[edit]

Most of the information under "Commercial ironing equipment" is not relevant to commercial ironing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.155.211.1 (talk) 22:34, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

Merger proposal[edit]

I'm proposing that Iron (appliance) be merged into this article. My reasoning being the two subjects are so closely connected, and that the iron article itself has very little information independent of this article. The concept of an iron is inherently tied to the concept of ironing, and the converse will prove to be true in practice. Therefore, it's sensible to roll both articles together. —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 15:53, 10 March 2009 (UTC)

Looks good to me, if a huge amount of material develops we can always split again. - Eldereft (cont.) 18:50, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • I restored Iron (appliance) because before the merger proposal, a huge history section was deleted without comment by an anon. This information appears (so far as I am aware) nowhere else and is quite encyclopedic, as a history of the device itself and its design ought to be somewhere. If the above parties still think the merger is in order, the history section should be merged as well. Chubbles (talk) 19:11, 25 August 2009 (UTC)

Purpose[edit]

I seem to remember reading that the original purpose of ironing clothes was not to remove wrinkles but to kill external parasites and eggs (fleas, lice, scabies mites) attached to clothing or in the seams, which washing alone would not kill. 92.28.199.46 (talk) 11:43, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

Removal of interlanguage links[edit]

There were a large number of interlanguage links on this article. I just removed them all. These should be managed in Wikidata. Also, the links that were here went to Clothes iron, which exists as a different concept here on English Wikipedia and on the Wikipedias of many other languages. Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:55, 19 March 2014 (UTC)