Garment Steamers

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  1. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

    A.Goldberg

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    Anyone have any experience or advice on buying a garment/fabric steamer? I understand these won't replace the function of an iron, but I'm looking to save some time ironing and time/money at the dry cleaners. I absolutely hate ironing, and my neuroticism makes me anal about any little imperfection in the ironing process.

    I've been told going to dry cleaners wears out clothes faster, I don't know if that's true. Does steaming wear out clothes any faster than ironing?

    It appears you can spend anywhere from $40 to $350+ on these, but most are $100 or less. I'd prefer to spend enough to buy a decent quality one. Any suggestions?
     
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  3. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    I find steamers works great on delicate fabric (silk, satin). I can remove wrinkles in 1/3 the time of ironing AND I don't have to worry about burning the fabric. But not so great on heavy fabric (cotton, linen). It takes twice as long on average, but the fabric isn't as stiff.
     
  4. heehee macrumors 68020

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    If you are talking about dress shirts, dry cleaners don't dry clean shirts, they use a laundry machine. I used to iron my own shirts, but I don't do a good job and it takes over an hour to iron my week's shirts. It costs $1.75/shirt around here.

    I used a steamer once, it didn't work so well and it's not stiff like ironing.
     
  5. shinji macrumors 65816

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    I have a handheld Rowenta steamer that works pretty well. You need to make sure to pull the garment, as if to flatten, when steaming it. What I do is hang the clothing over my door with a hanger, and then pull the bottom of it as I'm steaming. If you just hang it up and start spraying steam, it won't do a whole lot.
     
  6. A.Goldberg thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I bought a Rowenta full size steamer today. Seems to work pretty well. It doesn't provide the same effects as an iron, but it works pretty good for most things. I even steamed a pair of underwear just because I could.
     
  7. Roller macrumors 68020

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    As long as you weren't wearing said underwear when you steamed them, you'll be fine. :)

    But seriously, I've been considering purchasing a pants presser for some time (the kind that holds the pants vertically). We spend a lot dry cleaning pants that could be washed and pressed, but neither I nor my wife manage to do a good job with an iron. Anyone have experience with these?
     
  8. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/hamilto...lack/3254328.p?id=1218391042865&skuId=3254328

    I had something like this, but it broke when I was moving. Worked well.

    But recently, I've been using Washio (i'll send you an invite code so we both get credit) and the dryer method works great.

    Get a washcloth and soak it in water. Squeeze excess water out. Toss both that and shirt/pant into dryer on timed dry. 5-10 minutes and the wrinkles should be gone
     

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