Before steaming your clothes, check your garment labels to make sure that it is safe. Most fabrics are fine, but if the label specifies that an iron should not be used, a garment steamer may damage the clothing.
What is a garment steamer?
A garment steamer is an appliance that uses steam to remove wrinkles from clothing. Like an iron, the heat and moisture of a steamer make the clothing more pliable, but where an iron uses weight to press out the wrinkles, a steamer uses gravity to pull them out. Hand-held sizes fit easily in a suitcase, making them perfect for travel, but larger models are available that can be used at home on those days when you just don’t feel like pulling out your iron and setting up the board.
Garment steamer models
Steamers come in a number of different models, from simple hand-held models like the Rowenta Ultra Steam or Ingenious Designs My Little Steamer to larger-sized models that can be kept at home, including the Jiffy personal series or the HoMedics Perfect Steam.
Choosing your garment steamer
With the wide variety of steamers on the market, narrowing down the one you want may be challenging.
Some tips for choosing the perfect steamer:
1. Will you be using the steamer for travel? You can narrow it down to handheld steamer models.
2. Determine your budget. Handhelds can run as low as euro 20 and full-size steamers can run euro 100 and up, depending on the brand and features.
3. Ask your friends for recommendations. If your friends have one that they are happy with, ask if you can come over for a demonstration.
4. Stick with well-known brands and be sure to choose one that has a warranty, especially if you are going for a full-size model.