A clothes steamer is an electric device to make your garments wrinkle free without being taken off the hanger. Unlike a standard ironing device, this device can be used in upright position too.Its primary use is to smoothen the fabric wrinkles, but it also serves the purpose of freshening up the clothes from dust and pollen.
History of clothes steamer
They are a development of the early 1990s. Bowlers felt hats; fedoras were under constant wrinkle which needed to be made free of wrinkles and straightened out. Steam popping out of a teakettle was used to do the same, and this technique of using steam became a commercial pick-up of the time. Soon steamers with a brush or a hose attached to commercial versions came out in the market. It became a sensation wrinkle remover not only for hats but also on suits, wigs, dresses and drapes too.
Today, there are plenty of improvements in the device with various models, designs, and colors. Versions of Portable, hand-held and with power plugs are present. The sizes are dependent on the area of usage, domestic or industrial. Travel garment clothing steamers are also available now. Clothing Steamer can straighten out the wrinkles without any requirement of a flat board.Uses of clothing Steamer
• Straightening out wrinkles on clothes like suits, shirts, jackets, pants, etc.
• To freshen up a garment of dust.
• Steaming bedding like pillows, quilts, and comforters to free from germs.
• Steaming on drapes or curtains to freshen up or even to smoothen the surface.
• Freshening up of the mattress using steaming by eradicating dust mites.
• Steaming on upholstery both domestic and of a vehicle
Types of a best clothing steamer
There are three major varieties of clothing steamers:
1. The floor model: This model was primarily employed in garment stores to free wrinkles using steam from new clothes to display clothes.
2. Garment steamers: These clothing steamers were also used for straightening out wrinkles on clothes in stores.
3. Compact design: These are handheld steamers are designed for traveling and for portability. They are a quick fix up for wrinkles removed from the packed suitcase. These work on minor lines.
Parts of a Clothes Steamer
A large to medium clothes steamer has five main parts, and they are heating element, water tank, a rubber hose with an attached brush and a long metal rod. The water tank stores the water added from the exterior and once the steamer is turned on this water heats up due to the heating element, and it begins to boil. The water turns to water vapor which pops out of the rubber hose attached. The steam is directed onto a cloth or garment in a sweeping motion for even distribution of steam onto the fabric. The brush attached is clean up the dust. The materials do not need a flat surface; they can be placed on a hanger and steaming can be done. Cloth steamers come in compact and cordless varieties too wherein the steam is blown onto the fabric without a rod or a rubber hose.
Working off a clothes steamer
A clothes steamer turns water from regular to hard water to steam. This steam is popped out of a nozzle onto a wrinkled surface. This steam distributes its heat onto the polymer molecules of the fabric and loosens it.
Which materials are effectively straightened out using a clothing steamer?
Denser the fabric, more time taking the straightening of wrinkles of fabric. Hence smoothing of a garment using a clothing steamer is quite dependent on the material of the structure and also how bad the line is. Clothing Steamer is quite useful on light and porous fabrics like linen or jersey cotton. It doesn’t take much time on these structures whereas fabrics made out of polyester and other materials need more time to smoothen up.
Steam power of a clothes steamer
This is a factor on which both strength of the steam and its heat level are dependent on for a clothing steamer. A garment steamer employs about 200-1000 W which is large to medium in size whereas smaller or compact steamers are not that powerful. Apart from this water tank size of the steamer is another dependent factor of steam strength as smaller tanks need frequent refilling and the process to begin all over