A clothing iron, also called a flatiron or simply an iron, is a small appliance: a handheld piece of equipment with a flat, roughly triangular surface that, when heated, is used to press clothes to remove creases. It is named for the metal of which the device is commonly made, and the use of it is generally called ironing. Ironing works by loosening the ties between the long chains of molecules that exist in polymer fiber materials. With the heat and the weight of the ironing plate, the fibers are stretched and the fabric maintains its new shape when cool. Some materials, such as cotton, require the use of water to loosen the intermolecular bonds. Many materials developed in the twentieth century are advertised as needing little or no
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• Cordless irons — the iron is placed on a stand for a short period to warm up, using thermal mass to stay hot for a short period. These are useful for light loads only. Battery power is not viable for irons as they require more power than practical batteries can provide.
• (advanced feature) 3-way automatic shut-off
• (advanced feature) self-cleaning
Advantages- they are clean, have temperature control, and don't need to be heated up externally by something like a stove top. The temperature control and timed turn-off for an unattended iron helps prevent burned shirts. Disadvantages- you can't use an electric iron without electricity, and the electric cord can get in the way. he Parts
• The parts of the iron are familiar and include the spray button, steam button, heat control, spray pump, spray nozzle and filling port on the top and front of the iron. On the bottom exterior of the iron is the soleplate, made of either aluminum, stainless steel or nonstick coating. Ports are embedded in the soleplate to allow steam to exit when the iron heats up.