Pressing times

I used to estimate that the average shirt took five minutes to iron. Tonight, I added some science and accuracy to this. Below are the results.

Dress-down Fridays meant that tonight’s quota of creased-up shirts totalled four. And tonight I decided to iron to music (iPod and earphones), something I rarely do but something which brings with it a mechanism for time-based accuracy.

For the first shirt, an easy-iron, blue-check number, the end of its ironing coincided beautifully with the end of The Libertines’ Can’t Stand Me Now, a song that’s bugged me for a few days now, in none other than good ways. So shirt one: 3m 27s.

Shirt two was a cerise, difficult-to-iron item, the ironing of which took exactly the same length of time as the first: the first 3m 27s of 4Hero/Minnie Riperton’s Les Fleur. Third up was a very simple purple-check number, complete in a lightning 2m 44s, accompanied by Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5. And the blue shirt that used to have a twin came last, reverting to the three and a half minute standard, this time to The Human League’s Together In Electric Dreams.

I think the 2m 44s shirt was a freak, and I’ll probably find out in the week that one of its sleeves remains unironed. So the verdict is 3m 30s for a shirt, 30% quicker than the original estimate.


2 Responses to “Pressing times”

  1. Niknej on July 5th, 2008 08:18

    Could you let me know whether that includes getting the shirt out of the pile, arranging it on the ironing board and, after ironing, placing it on the hanger? I think not and that if these activities were included, suggest the time might be nearer your pre-estimated 5 minutes.

  2. Dan on July 5th, 2008 08:20

    No. This is core ironing time only.

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