Clothes Iron Method
1. Plug in an iron, selecting a low heat setting without steam.
2. Cover the work surface with a lint-free white cloth, such as a tea towel, if working with a small fringed item, such as a pillow. Set the item atop the cloth, smoothing the fringe out flat atop the cloth. Skip this step if dealing with furniture or objects that cannot be easily placed on a table.
3. Smooth a soft white cloth over the fringe. If the fringe is on a vertical surface such as beneath the arm of a chair, place a clean, smooth wood cutting board behind the fringe, rotating the board so the fringe becomes horizontal. Set the cloth atop the fringe. Enlist a friend's help if it's vertical fringe, as the extra hands prove helpful.
4. Iron the cloth over the fringe, working from the top down, holding the iron in place a second or two at a time. Check the fringe after ironing the entire area beneath the towel and re-iron, if necessary.
5. Remove the cloths and allow the fringe to rest in a vertical position so gravity helps keep it straight. If it's an item such as a pillow, clip the top edge of the pillow to a clothesline with clothespins or prop it up in such a manner that the affected fringe hangs straight down.
Flat Iron Method
1. Plug in a flat iron, set to medium heat.
2. Pull one section of the affected fringe straight with one hand. Sandwich the fringe between the jaws of the flat iron, squeezing it closed over the fringe so the strands are flat, not twisted, adjusting the strands as necessary.
3. Slide the closed iron over the fringe, holding the iron in each place for less than a second to avoid heat discoloration.
4. Grab another section of fringe, pulling it taut, and continue ironing until all the fringe has been treated. Allow the fringe to rest so it hangs vertically in a natural position, using gravity to help keep the fringe straight.