Preparing the work area When positioning the rotary iron, make sure it is level. This will ensure even steam production and keep the appliance from rolling sideways. A height-adjustable chair and a flat surface for stacking completed items will be useful. Have the following close by to the left of the iron, place a basket with laundry ready for ironing to the right of the iron, have a surface for stacking the ironed articles. Shirts, smocks, blouses, etc, should be hung on hangers immediately after ironing. Small items can be hungover the swing-out rod. Have some water handy to re-dampen the laundry as needed.