Three Things to Consider Before Getting a Clothes Steamer

Hard-pressed to be best-dressed? Steam on!

Men's dress shirts wrinkle-free with a clothes steamer.
Keep shirts, pants and more wrinkle-free with a clothes steamer.Pixabay

Fashion has never been more casual and comfortable, thanks to the athleisure trend. But sloppy, wrinkled clothing is never going to be in style. Fortunately, a clothes steamer can keep your threads crisp and clean with minimal effort. Here are three things to consider before buying one of your own.

Hilife Steamer for Clothes Steamer, Handheld Garment Steamer Clothing, Mini Travel Steamer Fabric Steam Iron 240ml Big Capacity [Upgraded Version]
Compact, multi-use model offering up to 15 minutes of continuous steaming.Hilife

A clothes steamer isn’t just a more compact alternative to the traditional iron. It’s an improvement on it, because it steams out wrinkles and odor-causing germs and bacteria. Steaming clothing allows you to go longer between washes, which ultimately preserves the life of your wardrobe.

BEAUTURAL Steamer for Clothes with Pump Steam Technology, Portable Handheld Garment Fabric Wrinkles Remover, 30s Fast Heat-up, Auto-Off, Large Detachable Water Tank
Ergonomic shape that preheats in under a minute.BEAUTURAL

Ironing can be tricky with all the heat settings for different materials. Steaming works on all clothing, even dry-clean only duds. For best results, put your garment on a hanger and then place it on a doorknob or shower rod with the curtain pulled back. Use one hand to pull the fabric taut and the other to move the steamer lightly up and down. You can place the steamer directly on clothing to remove wrinkles or hold it a few inches away—just make sure not to touch the hot steamer head.

PurSteam -2020 Official Partner of Fashion-Full Size Steamer for Clothes, Garments, Fabric-Professional Heavy Duty - 4 Steam Levels, Perfect Continuous Steam, Perfect for sterilizing and disinfecting.
Various settings and accessories for customized clothing care.PurSteam

With a little practice, you can get quite adept with your steamer and use it to set creases, soften stiff fabrics like denim, and spiff up regularly worn, rarely washed seasonal items like scarves and hats. House cleaners also swear by steamers for giving bedding and upholstery a quick and easy refresh.

Sorry, iron. It’s not you, it’s steam.