How To Iron A Pair Of Chinos Or Khakis

Chinos and khakis are unique types of pants because they are casual, but they look polished enough to be professional. Because of this, it is sometimes hard to determine how much care they actually need. If you own khaki pants or chinos, you might be wondering how to iron them, if you even need to at all. We've done the research necessary to bring you this answer.

You can iron your khakis or chinos by following these steps:

  1. Check the material of your pants. 
  2. Prepare your space. 
  3. Iron the pockets. 
  4. Iron the front of your pants. 
  5. Iron the back of your pants. 
  6. Iron one pant leg. 
  7. Iron the second pant leg. 
  8. Fold or hang your pants. 

We will go over these steps to help you ensure that you are ironing your pants correctly. There are some subtle differences in the way you iron khakis compared to the way you iron chinos, so we will be sure to share these with you as well.

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Ironing Your Chinos or Khakis

1. Check The Material Of Your Pants

Before you even begin ironing, you want to make sure that your pants can be ironed. Check the tag of your pants to find out what material they are made of and whether they can be ironed safely. If they can be ironed, take note of any given instructions, including iron temperature and any tips given for ironing safely. If your pants cannot be ironed, do not iron them. Use another method to get the wrinkles out of your pants.

image of a cloth tag for wash care instructions

How Do You Get Wrinkles Out Of Khakis Without An Iron?

Aside from ironing or the dryer method, there are other ways to get wrinkles out of khakis. You can hang your pants on a hanger when you are showering and let the steam from the shower take the wrinkles out of your pants. You can also use a hairdryer to remove wrinkles. Wrinkle removing sprays are also available, and they are a quick and easy way to remove wrinkles from your khakis.

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2. Prepare Your Space

ironing stand with a basket of folded clothes, portable clothesline at the back

If you have an ironing board, set it up. It will be easiest and safest to complete your ironing on the ironing board. Of course, a towel or heat-proof surface will do if you do not have an ironing board. You'll also want to prepare your iron in the step. If you have a steaming iron, fill the chamber with distilled water. If you have a dry iron, have a spray bottle of distilled water handy.

Gather all of the clothing that you want to iron so that you don't have to leave your iron unattended. Finally, make sure that you have hangers or a place to put your ironed clothes so that they don't get wrinkled waiting for you to put them away.

When you finish setting up your space, you can begin ironing by placing on pair of pants on the ironing board. Be sure the follow the natural fold and seams of the pants so you don't create creases where they shouldn't be. You may find it helpful to sort your clothes and iron the ones that need to lowest setting first, then work through the clothing that needs higher settings. This way, you don't have to worry about letting your iron cool down enough to iron pants on a low setting if you've been using a high setting previously.

3. Iron The Pockets

Believe it or not, you should always start with the pockets when ironing pants. This step prevents the pockets from creating creases later in the ironing process. Pull your pockets inside out and lay them flat on the ironing board. Iron each pocket this way.

4. Iron The Front Of Your Pants

hot flat iron on trousers removing wrinkles

You want to lay the top of your pants onto the ironing board, making sure to straighten out the waistband. Use the iron the smooth out any wrinkles on the front of the waistband and the front of the pants, down to where the legs begin.

5. Iron The Back Of Your Pants

Flip the pants over and do the same section on the backside. Make sure the waistband is smoothed, and the back of the pants are wrinkle-free.

6. Iron The First Pant Leg

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When you get to the pant legs, you have to be careful about the creases in your pants. If your pants have creases, you will place the pants legs down on the ironing board folded along the crease. If your pants do not have creases, you will want to lay them folded along the seam to prevent creases. Ensure you iron the front and back of the first pant leg before moving on to the next one.

7. Iron The Second Pant Leg

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Repeat the process with the second pant leg. Ensure that you are folding along any natural creases or seams. Again, be sure that you are ironing the front and back of the second pant leg.

8. Hang Or Fold Your Pants

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Fold or hang your pants as soon as they are cool enough to the touch. Be sure to fold along any seams or creases to prevent putting new creases into them after being ironed. After you complete the ironing for all of your pants, be sure to turn the iron off.

Check out this video for a visual tutorial on ironing chinos.

How Do You Iron Creases Out Of Chinos?

Chinos are durable, so there are no special steps that you need to take when ironing them. If you have particularly stubborn creases, you can spray a bit of distilled water on them to help coax out the creases.

Should You Iron A Crease In Chinos?

Chinos are casual pants, so they do not usually have creases in them. However, some chinos will have creases in them when they are purchased. If your chinos come with creases in them, then you will want to iron the crease in them, but you should not iron a crease in a pair of chinos that did not come that way.

How Do You Unwrinkle Chinos?

Of course, you can get wrinkles out of your chinos by carefully ironing them. If you don't have time to iron, though, you can throw your chinos into a dryer on high heat with a dryer sheet.

Do You Need To Iron Khakis?

You don't have to iron khakis, especially if they are a cotton/polyester blend that is made to be low maintenance and easy to take care of. However, if you prefer to iron your khakis, you certainly can.

How Do You Unwrinkle Khaki Pants?

Like with chinos, khakis can be thrown in the dryer to get the wrinkles out of them. Again, you will want to use high heat and a dryer sheet to get rid of the wrinkles.


Whether or not you iron your khakis or chinos are a matter of preference. You may want to wear freshly pressed pants for business casual or professional occasions, while you can probably skip ironing if you enjoy a casual weekend. Khakis and chinos can adapt and look good either way.

While the process of ironing khakis and chinos isn't much different from ironing any of the pants in your wardrobe, creased khakis or chinos can make things a bit more complicated. A good rule of thumb is to iron with the crease if there is one but avoid ironing one into the pants if there isn't one.

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