How to Select and Get Great Results from a Clothes Steamer

How to Use a Clothes Steamer
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Clothes steamers are a quick and effect tool for removing wrinkles from clothing, linens, furniture slipcovers and drapes. Steamers are easy to use and following just a few tips will make you look like a professional.

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Before You Buy A Clothes Steamer

Before you buy a clothes steamer, take time to review these tips to help you make the right decision. As professional cleaners know, steam is a gentle and effective way to remove wrinkles.

Steaming is faster than ironing and will not scorch or damage most fabrics.

  • Home or Travel Steamer? Where will you be using the steamer most often? At home or when traveling? Read more about the top home steamers and top travel steamers.

  • Set Your Price. Steamers come in a wide-range of prices. Determine your budget; you may have to make trade-offs when comparing features and prices.

  • Performance Ratings. Research each model's performance rating on independent sites such as Amazon.com. Study how quickly each steamer heats up, its volume of steam output and its stability to prevent hot water spills and burns.

  • Features and Attachments. Review every model's attachments and features, like brushes, collapsible handles and heat and steam settings.

  • Energy Usage.Read the fine print about each steamer's wattage and energy usage. Some residential models require significant power to run them. You can then weigh that against paying dry cleaning bills for pressing.

    Get Ready To Steam

    Before working on any fabric, allow the steamer to heat completely. This will prevent sputtering of water before the steam appears. Test to be sure that you have a full head of steam.

    Always steam in a vertical, upright position. Pressing down on a garment will not help to release the wrinkles.

    It also allows the condensation in the steamer hose to flow down, not dribble out.

    To use the steamer, touch the material lightly with the steam head and wrinkles will instantly vanish. Do not directly touch velvet with the head of the clothes steamer. Some articles, such as silk, can be steamed better from the underside. This allows the steam to relax the fibers of the material, thus removing the wrinkles.

    Never hold your hand directly in the steam. Burns can occur more quickly than you think. Keep it away from children.

    Never overfill your steamer or allow it to run dry which can damage the heating element. Keep the water container upright to prevent spills. Empty excess water before storing.

    How to Clean A Clothes Steamer

    The best way to keep your steamer in good working condition is to use only distilled water. This prevents lime scale and minerals from building up in the tank and in the steam outlets or jets. If  you've used tap water, you probably need to clean the steamer often to keep it performing well and to prevent sputtering.

    White distilled vinegar is the perfect thing for cleaning the steamer. Pour the vinegar into the water reservoir and allow it to heat completely. Shoot the hot vinegar into a sink until all of the vinegar is gone. This will remove lime scale and minerals that are probably clogging the wand.

    When the vinegar is gone, fill the tank with distilled water and allow that to heat completely. Shoot out all of the water. Refill with fresh distilled water and you are good to go.