Many people remember watching their mothers and grandmothers spending hours on the laundry and finally many more hours at the ironing board making sure that all the clothes are nicely pressed and ready to be worn. Nowadays the modern woman appreciates the value of permanent pressed clothes that rarely need ironing and can be quickly hung straight out of the dryer to look great.
The modern woman has a job and a life that reaches beyond the laundry room or kitchen and has little time to waste on mundane chores. This has resulted in a booming business for the dry cleaner, which can be very expensive and takes time to deliver and pick up as well. Add to that the fact that dry cleaning chemicals are quite toxic and seem to always remain in the clothes you’re wearing next to your skin.
Now many women have discovered the incredible value of a garment steamer to be used in the home. It doesn’t use any toxic chemicals like the dry cleaner does, nor does it damage clothes like a regular iron, it safely replaces both options at once. Having a garment steamer at home is wonderful for removing wrinkles rapidly without an iron, can remove the chemical smell from dry-cleaned clothes, or freshen a garment that is only been worn once and isn’t ready to be cleaned.
Using a clothes steamer is a fantastic way to save ironing time and dry-cleaning bills but that’s not all that it’s good for. You can also use it to clean drapes that are too delicate to be washed and difficult to clean, but super easy to be steamed on a regular basis. Linens, tablecloths and comforters are all quick and easy to be cleaned with a fabric steamer. And remember, because it only uses steam it won’t melt and burn sensitive materials which are usually quite expensive as well. You can also say goodbye to the sheen that a traditional iron leaves on your clothes, this is actually caused by a slight melting of the fabric and causes clothes to wear out rapidly.
As far as safety is concerned, a clothes steamer is far more gentle on fabrics that an old-fashioned iron could possibly be. The steam blows through the fabric loosening dirt and straightening out any wrinkles without damaging any of the delicate fabric. It’s easy to be used around buttons and pockets, which can be quite difficult for a regular iron, but a simple task for a steamer and most fabrics tend to last quite a bit longer with the steamer rather than an old-fashioned iron.
As you can see, the use of the garment steamer at home is much safer on your clothes and fabrics than a traditional iron, plus it is many times faster and safer to use for you as well. Then when you factor in the high cost of dry cleaning and their dangerous chemicals, the personal garment steamer looks like an incredible bargain as well.
Here are a few safety tips when you’re using a garment steamer:
- Use mitts or gloves to avoid scalding or getting burned.
- Do not touch the nozzle when you’re steaming.
- Make sure the steam head is facing opposite you, in case of drips and water leaks.
- Do not plug it in the socket with another high-wattage appliance like the dryer or fridge.
- If possible, store it in a dedicated space and only move it around the house when you need to.
- Do not use it horizontally (for bed sheets/upholstery) unless it was specifically made to do so. Otherwise, it will just drip hot water everywhere.