Extreme Ironing

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The DMU Extreme Ironing Logo. (c. 2016)


Extreme Ironing is not only a way of flattening clothing, it is a way of ironing out the crinkles in our lives. We are also open to street and guerilla ironing.

DMU EXTREME IRONING is not liable for any personal injury or death caused during the activity


DMU is bringing the legacy of extreme ironing back to the place of conception. Here in Leicester where the sun shines and irons shine brighter.


There are a few rules which Extreme Ironers have to abide by when carrying out there sport, these are:

  • Board size - The ironing board that is used has to be a minimum length of 1 metre, 30 centimetres wide and must have legs.
  • Irons - Real irons must be used but travel irons are fine.
  • Garment - Any garment is suitable but it must be at minimum the size of a tea towel.
  • Ironing - There must be visual proof (photo/video) of the ironing taking place.

Often during competitions there are also prizes for the best dressed iron and ironing board.


Founded in Leicester by our lord and saviour Phil Shaw in 1997. Preferring the idea of rock climbing over ironing, he riskily combined the two activities into the best extreme sport the world would seen. In June 1999, Shaw, who goes by the name "Steam", went on a world tour to promote the sport. The trip took him to; the United States, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. An encounter with German tourists in New Zealand led to the formation of a group called "Extreme Ironing International", and the German Extreme Ironing Section or GEIS. Since then there have been world championships and the formation of the extreme ironing bureau.

As extreme ironing has branched off, the conditions can gain in extreme activity. For example, a branch of ironing has been developed that includes both bungee jumping and well-pressed clothing. Bungee ironing is what some would call the ultimate in the thrill of extreme ironing.


Some good examples of Extreme Ironing in action can be viewed here.

Getting Started

To begin your extreme ironing quest, you first must:

-Study and respect the rules

-Disregard your safety

-Discard your dignity

-Purchase an iron and ironing board

-Get hold of some photography equipment

-GET EXTREME! *You can interpret this is any way you like


The activities of DMU Extreme Ironing mainly consist of "Street Ironing" in and around the centre of Leicester as well as other landmarks around De Montfort University and the city. This is mainly because of the location and the lack of access to more "extreme" areas since there are no mountains, canyons, waterfalls or other such locations. Despite this they still pride themselves on being Extreme such as the time they were asked to leave a shopping centre because of the ironing.

Check out the media links below to see all of the activities and whether there are any you can get involved with soon.


Instructional video coming soon!

Throughout the setting up of DMU Extreme Ironing and the events held media will be taken and be posted below:

  • Images:

The latest images can be viewed here!

  • Videos:

Promotional Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vdWp1RwWik
Ironing Trip 2 Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K5zp163L5k
Sir David Attenborough talks about Extreme Ironing - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXSmXS7f-ho

Social Media Links

Twitter - https://twitter.com/dmuextremeiron The Twitter is used for the latest content and keeping up to date.

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/dmuiron/ The Instagram is used to post photos/images of the outings and much more.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/pages/DMU-Extreme-Ironing/ The Facebook is used for event management.

YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNbiZIuQ_H3znoDLYP97MOw The YouTube Channel is used to post video media produced of outings.

Participants & Comments

Images of other participants. (c. 2016)

In the image to the right you can see other people joining in with the Extreme Ironing during the two ironing trips in and around the centre of Leicester.

Participant Kieran had this to say: "Although ironing in the centre of campus may sound humiliating, I personally found it very therapeutic, and felt like I was helping society break the myth: University students don't know how to iron"


Image of the founders participating in the sport at various locations. (c. 2016)

By Roy Weller, Sam Wallace & Hugh Beaumont