How to Iron Navy Dress White Uniforms

by Culture & Society Editor

Iron your Navy dress white uniform, inspection style, in less than 15 minutes. Each person has a rhythm they use in ironing their uniforms. Use the steps below until you find your own ironing rhythm.

Follow your Navy dress white uniform washing and ironing instructions. Take the jumpers and trousers from the dryer as soon as they dry. Put them on hangers to prevent them from forming too many "summer creases," as in "some wrinkles here" and "some wrinkles there."

Grab a magnifying glass and examine your dress white uniforms. Clip any pennants sticking out. Remove any lint balls you see. You want your dress white uniforms to look sharp and consistent.

Go through your jumpers and iron the creases in. Use a combination of water spray and steamed iron. Spray the water on the dress white uniform creases, then iron the creases in. Place your dress white jumper around the ironing board, inside out, and repeat the cycle, spraying some water on the uniform and then applying your steam iron.

Take your dress white pants and turn this uniform inside out. Insert the tapered end of the ironing board in your uniform's pelvis section. Start from one pocket, zipper area, and work your way around to the other pocket, zipper area. Spray first, iron next. Then iron your dress white uniform one pant leg at a time.

Tips

  • For officer, senior enlisted, and general dress white uniform where you have a "jacket" instead of a jumper, iron as you would a long sleeve shirt. Use the proper iron settings for the dress white uniform material.
  • Take your dress white uniforms to the cleaners to prevent long-term lint accumulation.
  • Iron your uniforms inside out where possible. If your iron temporarily stains your uniform, it stays inside.