Steamers work by producing steam caused by heating up water, which is then applied to the clothes with a nozzle. The steam removes the wrinkles by relaxing the fabric fibres so they revert to their natural smooth state, and steaming can be better than traditional irons as it doesn’t apply any pressure to the fabric.
Steamers also work very fast and effectively, with less effort than many other ways of removing wrinkles. Steamers work well on a wide variety of different fabrics, and many of them are portable, which means that you can throw them in your bag on the way to a trip or a business meeting. So how to use a steamer to iron clothes?
How To Use A Steamer Step By Step
If you want to learn how to use a steamer to iron clothes, it really is a simple process and one that rewards you with good results. If you’ve never used a steamer, or you don’t know how to use a steamer to iron clothes, then read on!
- Step one: Hang your chosen garment up. If you don’t have a clothes pole then just pop it on a clothes hanger and hang this from a door knob, the back of a chair, the shower rail – or whatever you have to hand.
- Step two: Pour cold water into the tank of your steamer (having first made sure that all the parts are secured properly so that you don’t get leaks).
- Step three: Plug in the steamer and wait for it to heat up (this should take 2-3 minutes). For best results you need to let it heat up fully before you start steaming.
- Step four: Test how the steam is coming along by pulling the trigger or pressing the button that releases the steam, and making sure you get a good jet.
- Step five: Run the steamer over the garment you are steaming, using smooth downward strokes, pressing the steam button every so often to release steam onto it.
- Step six: Leave the garment for 10-15 minutes after steaming before you wear it or pack it away. Steaming, obviously, releases moisture so clothes can feel slightly damp when they’ve been steamed.
Some steamers come with a pad that you can put on your hand and place behind the item, so that you have something to rest against, which you might find useful to use if you have a very heavily creased item – but in most cases you can achieve excellent results just following the steps above.
Types of Steamers
There are different types of steamer that you can buy, depending on your needs – if you want to be able to take your steamer with you when you go away, or you live in a small place and need to maximise space, then a hand held steamer is your solution.
For those who are using a steamer regularly, or who have a lot of clothes to steam at one time, then an upright, or floor steamer is your best bet.
The larger upright versions are more expensive, but they are an investment if you find you are using them a lot, or if your small hand held steamers are not man enough for the job.
- If you are ironing delicate items using a steamer, keep the steamer at a bit of a distance so there is no danger of the fabric getting damaged.
- Always allow clean clothes to dry completely before you steam them.
- If the item you wish to steam has any screen prints on it, or any other material that is not some type of fabric, then you should turn it inside out before steaming it.
- After each use, you should empty out the water reservoir and fill it with fresh water thee next time you use it. This is to prevent the build up of minerals and limescale.
- Avoid getting your hands anywhere near the business end of the steamer. Steam is water that has been heated to the point that it evaporates, so it is very hot and can cause injury.
How to use a steamer to iron clothes is a simple trick, and one that can make life easier – especially if you are one of those people who likes to look neat, but who dreads the ironing pile.
Steaming is easy, effective and fast, and it has the added bonus of being gentle on your clothes. Why would you ever use something else?