If you’ve ever had to get ready for work in a hurry, a wrinkled top or pair of pants can be your worst enemy in the morning. For those who just don’t have the time or energy to break out the iron and ironing board, a fabric steamer is ideal.
What is a Steamer?
Well, by now we’ve been assuming that you know what are steamers, but maybe you don’t. So let’s review. A weapon of choice for stylists and fashionistas all around the globe, the fabric steamer or garment steamer is an efficient and speedy way to knock out all of the wrinkles. A steamer is a hand-held device, an alternative to using a clothes iron and pulling out your ironing board (argh! what a pain that is!) A steamer is more gentle on your clothes, without the direct heat of the iron which can burn your clothes.
How to Use a Steamer
For best results, steam your clothes from the inside out. This allows you to steam one side of the garment at a time instead of steaming the garment as a whole. The wrinkles dissipate faster, and you’ve got a beautifully pressed item in no time. This is a necessity for your wardrobe. With just a bit of practice, you will quickly learn how to steam clothes like a pro and realize that steaming clothes is pretty easy after all. Good luck.
Here’s a look into the top 10 choices on the 2016 market:
Top 10 Best Hand Steamer for Wrinkled Clothes
Price: around $162.49
This steamer resembles the classic version that you’ll find in any showroom or retail store back area. But unlike the classics, this one heats up in just two minutes and lasts for up to 1.5 hours per filling. The 5.50-foot hose gives you the flexibility you need to steam garments of any size.
Price: around $34.97
If you’re short on space but still need the power of a top steamer, look no further. The Conair Extreme Steam packs 110 watts of power and heats up in a record 75 seconds. It’s a smaller size so you’ll only be able to steam for up to 15 minutes at a time. But you’ll have a wide range of capability with the dual heat settings and removable fabric brush, creaser, and soft cushion brush.
Price: around $69.99
The Elite Garment Steamer keeps you steaming for up to 60 minutes and heats up in under 60 seconds. But with a steam temperature that tops out at 248 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s more than just an easy way to press your clothes. It kills up to 99.9% of germs. This is your ideal companion for steaming all those new thrift store finds.
Price: around $59.99
45 is the magic number for the SF-407. It heats up in 45 seconds and provides up to 45 minutes of steam power. In addition to your wrinkled clothes, it’s also ideal for your linens, curtains, and upholstery.
Price: around $75
The IS6200 is all about ease of use. The water tank is removable and holds up to 81 ounces of water. The on/off switch can be operated with your foot. The large back wheels make transport of the steamer extremely easy. And the telescopic pole can be condensed for minimal storage.
Price: around $43.89
If you love the functionality of the bigger steamers on the market, but you just don’t want to find the space for them, this is your best bet. Though it looks small, My Little Steamer has 900 watts of power behind it and is ready to go in less than 3 minutes. And better yet, it’s the recipient of the 2016 Good Housekeeping Seal Of Approval.
Price: around $69.99
With its sleek, modern design, the SB22 is ideal for safety and style. The hose is made with patented cool-touch technology and the nozzle is anti-drip. There’s also automatic shutoff if you get distracted and forget about the 1500 watts of energy running through this high-power steamer.
Price: around $69.99
The SteamWorks Pro offers 90 minutes of continuous steam (one of the longest steam times on the market). This is made possible by its 2.5-liter water tank. And better yet, it’s ready to steam in just 45 seconds. Its Premium Fabric Hose provides strong heat protection.
Price: around $20.95
If you’re searching for a combination of power and value, Epica’s 800-watt handheld steamer is perfect for you. This is more ideal for light touch ups and travel. It’s compact and fits easily into your luggage. It’s ready to go in 2 minutes and offers continuous steam for up to 12 minutes. It holds 7 ounces of water, and despite its size, still comes with a fabric brush and lint remover.
Price: around $31.50
The Ultra Mini Travel Steamer is another unit tailored for traveling but it can also be used at home based on your needs. Sized at just 3.5 x 5 x 8 inches, it fits perfectly into your carry-on. It even comes complete with a drawstring travel bag to keep garments neat after your steaming is done.
How to Get Wrinkles Out of Clothes
Here is a final reminder to you, the secret for how to unwrinkle a shirt is to avoid getting wrinkled clothes in the first place. You can stop the problem by attacking it at the source, wrinkled clothes. If you can avoid getting wrinkled clothes in the first place, then you have to do less work dealing with wrinkled clothes. So here are some tips for you
Act Quickly to Avoid Ironing Clothes
Don’t let them sit in the dryer, take them out while they’re warm. At this point, they have the fewest wrinkles and if you save them in time, you can still put on your clothes and get away with not ironing. All you have to do is take out your clothes and quickly fold it nicely or hang it properly. That’s it!
Use Clothes Twice (or Thrice) to Avoid Ironing Clothes
Many of you only use your clothes one time and throw it in the wash. Do you realize how much water you are wasting? Many of us sit in an office all day and our clothes hardly get a drop of coffee on them, so they’re still basically clean at the end of the day. Just hang up your clothes, shirts and pants, and use them again later in the week, or next week. There, you just cut your laundry load in half!
Use Your Shower Steam to Avoid Ironing Clothes
Before you jump in the shower, grab that special shirt you are going to wear out tonight, and hang it right outside your shower. Then as you take your hot shower, the steam will naturally infuse your shirt, and voila! at the end of your shower you have a lightly steamed shirt, with no work. While you dry and get ready, move the shirt inside the stall (after the water is turned off), so it gets even more steamy.