Nobody likes wearing wrinkly clothes, am I right? Yet, when the time comes to iron them, you will probably search for anyone else in your family who is willing to do that on your behalf. You’ll ask for a favor, they’ll grumble and eventually, one of you will have to do it, which means that one of you will have to start frowning. In case you live alone, then you’ll have the same conversation with yourself and the bottom line is that you’ll start frowning. So today I’m sharing how to steam your clothes the right way.
What if I told you, though, that this process can get easier? I would be rather surprised to learn that you haven’t heard about this yet, but, hey, it happens. Basically, I’m talking about steaming your clothes with a device that allows you to do it with a minimum amount of effort and without having to slouch or use your strength at all. If you go for it, you’ll do much less frowning when the time comes to get rid of those wrinkles on your clothes.
The only thing is, if you haven’t used these devices before, you are probably confused about how to do it. To put things differently, you probably don’t know precisely how to steam your clothes the right way. Well, I say it’s time to change that. If you continue reading, you’ll get some useful tips that will undoubtedly help you steam your clothes the right way and end up with wrinkle-free garments in no time. So, let’s look at those tips.
1. Get the Right Steamer
Whether you knew this or not, it is very much worth mentioning and emphasizing. Naturally, it all starts with the device that you get, which simply means that you will need to put some effort into finding the best steamer for clothes and thus buy a product that will work perfectly. You might think that all of these devices are the same and that there is no point in shopping around, but that is actually quite wrong. If you are not sure about what to choose, then you may want to check out this post on steamer vs iron to see which would be the best option for steaming your clothes and fabrics.
Sure, these might all work on the same principle, but the truth is that their quality very much differs. And, the look of your clothes will depend on the quality of those devices, meaning that you shouldn’t shop for these in a rush and that you should actually do your research beforehand. I suppose that you do want to get the best possible steamer for your clothes and that you don’t want to waste your money on a product that won’t work well. If I am right, then doing your research is absolutely necessary.
If you don’t quite know how to do said research, let me help you with that. First things first, you might want to ask a few friends for recommendations in case they are already using these steamers. If you aren’t lucky enough to have friends who use these products, then you can search for them online. The most important thing to remember here is that the brand plays a crucial role in the quality.
This further means that you will actually have to research the brands and suppliers if you want to find the best device. Check their experience and their reputation and make sure to choose the shops that are highly reputable and trustworthy on the market. After all, you don’t want to regret your shopping decision, do you? So, take all the time you need to research these brands and get the right product, because that’s the only way that you’ll be able to steam your clothes perfectly.
2. Give the Device Time to Get Ready
After you buy the perfect steamer, you will have to start using it. The process will be quite fun and, the best part is, it will bring amazing results once you learn how to steam your clothes the right way. One of the things that you should keep in mind is that you shouldn’t start steaming the moment you turn the device on. It needs to get ready.
More precisely, it needs to get rid of any previous build-up that might have accumulated, as well as of the water from previous usages. So, when you turn this device on and once steam starts coming out, I suggest you wait for half a minute or so for this tool to get properly prepared for the process. After the waiting period is over, you can start steaming.
These steps can help you understand how to use this device the right way: https://www.wikihow.life/Use-a-Clothes-Steamer
3. Slow & Short Strokes
The reason why some people might be unhappy with a clothes steamer is because they don’t know how to use it properly. Or, better yet, they don’t know how to move it over the garments so that you steam your clothes the right way.
If you are in a rush to get out of the house, you might find yourself quickly going over the clothes, which won’t be as effective as you would want it to be. Consequently, you’ll spend more time trying to get the creases out, which basically means that you might be late due to the fact that you didn’t know how to use your steamer.
The best thing to do is use short and slow strokes even if you are in a hurry. Trust me, this will actually save you some time, because you will get to successfully finish the process more quickly if you use your steamer the right way. So, take it slow and use short strokes either up or down the garment and watch the creases and wrinkles disappear in no time.
If you take the time to do it this way, I am sure that you will be rather happy with the results of your work, since your clothes will be neat and smooth.
4. Hang Your Garments
If you use your common sense, you will realize that putting your garments on certain sensitive surfaces and then steaming them could cause damage to those surfaces, as well as to your clothes. Plus, if the clothes aren’t on a hanger, chances are that you won’t do a good job steaming them. So, do yourself a favor and always hang your garments before you fire up this device, because that’s the safest and the right way to steam your clothes.
Hard plastic or metal hangers are the best ones to use during this process. In case you are using hangers with clips for some of your clothes, such as skirts and similar, then you should be rather careful not to focus the steamer too much on those clips. This should go without saying, but I feel the need to emphasize it anyway. Never, and I mean never, steam your clothes while wearing them. You certainly don’t want to risk getting burned.
5. Keep the Materials in Mind
As you probably know already, different materials require different temperatures. Some are more sensitive than others and if you don’t learn how to use this device on various fabrics, you might end up damaging some of your clothes beyond repair. Since I am pretty sure that you don’t want that to happen, I suggest you always keep the materials of your garments in mind. You might even find some information regarding steaming on the labels of your clothes, so make sure to read those before going any further.
There is a nice trick that you can use if you want to steam some more sensitive fabrics, but don’t have a different device that is designed specifically for those particular fabrics. Basically, you should step away from the piece of garment and keep some distance, while also constantly moving the steamer around, so that you don’t overwhelm those fabrics and send too high temperatures their way.
Of course, once again, the best thing to do is read the label and check for any information you can find about how to steam your clothes the right way, so that you can learn precisely how specific fabrics should be steamed.