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How To Steam vs. Iron

Wrinkles are cute on bulldogs, but not your wardrobe. Lucky for you, those pesky creases are no match for ironing or steaming. But, when it comes to the steam press vs the iron, which is the best wrinkle removing weapon for the job? Is a steamer better than a handheld iron? What about handheld steamers? Can a steamer replace an iron? When deciding between steamer vs iron, turn to our guide before making your choice.

Steaming Vs Ironing

Use an iron on cotton, linen and tough fabrics for a crisp finish. Use a steamer to remove wrinkles from silk, lace, wool, and cashmere.

The Steamer

The garment steamer provides the safest option for removing stubborn wrinkles with a natural look. It is gentle enough for use on delicate clothes, and fabrics like silk and won't burn or cause unintended creasing. Removes up to 99.9% of bacteria, germs, and dust mites.


  • Kills germs (According to the CDC, heat of at least 167 degrees is sufficient to kill flu viruses)
  • Controls allergies
  • Removes wrinkles
  • Freshens items between washes
  • Freshens items not suitable for dry cleaning or laundry 

Works Especially Well for:

  • Heat sensitive materials like silk and some synthetics
  • Items made of material that can be crushed like wool, velvet or corduroy
  • Suits and jackets
  • Curtains
  • Bed skirts
  • Pillows
  • Mattresses
  • Upholstery
  • Silks
  • Wool, Cashmere & Wool Blends

The Iron


  • A traditional iron, and modern iron will offer a crisp, clean finish
  • More efficient than steaming on durable cotton or easily wrinkled linen items

The Best Irons For Clothes Work On:

  • Dress shirts
  • Dress pants
  • Table linens
  • Linen items
  • Sheets
  • Pillow covers  

Learn how to iron like a pro with these tips.