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6 Reasons Why You & Your Wardrobe Should Love Steaming

Oct 9, 2015

Steaming provides the safest and gentlest finish for laundry items, releasing wrinkles for a natural finish. Not only does steaming avoid any risks posed from ironing (such as burning and unintended creasing), but the steam kills most germs and bacteria, which helps eliminate odors. A steamer is a great investment. You’ll find it pays for itself very quickly, saving you time and money by reducing drycleaning.


We at The Laundress steam everything! Here are some reasons we love it:

Kills Germs:
Steaming kills odor-causing bacteria

Alleviates Allergies:
Steaming removes allergens that attract dust mites. A key to controlling allergic reactions is controlling the dust mite population in a home.

Removes wrinkles:
Steam out wrinkles using a steamer to create a more relaxed, casual finish vs. the crisp finish from an iron.

Freshens Items Between Washing Or Dry Cleaning:
Keep items fresh between wearing and washing, especially woolens and dry-clean items. This will both reduce drycleaning expenses and wear on items!

Cleans & Freshens Items Not Suitable To Launder Or Dryclean:
Steaming kills most germs and removes wrinkles from home furnishings such as upholstery and drapery, mattresses, pillows, bed skirts, bedding, and carpeting.

Keeps Air Clean:
Steaming requires nothing more than water and heat and, therefore, is non-polluting compared with mite eradication methods that require the use of detergents and other chemical agents.


The best way to finish woolens, silk, and delicate items is to steam them. Steaming also works great for cottons, linens, and durable synthetic fabrics, providing a casual finish. We opt to iron only when we want an extra-crisp finish.

Wool, Cashmere, Wool Blends & Wool-Like Synthetics

Woolens appear wrinkled after washing, so we steam to release the wrinkles and fluff the yarns. Never iron woolens as this practice can crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns. Don’t have a steamer handy? Use an iron set to the “steam” setting, hovering over the item – do not make contact.

Silk, Silk Blends, Silk-Like & Delicate Synthetics

Steaming is also ideal for silk and delicate fabrics that cannot take high or direct heat from an iron.


1. Hold the steamer nozzle (or head) to hover over the fabric.

2. Drag the steamer over the fabric. It’s ok if you touch the steamer nozzle to the fabric. This will not damage the item.

3. Steam the item, top to bottom. Systematically move from shoulder to the end of each sleeve or from waistband to each pant cuff.

4. If the item has lining, steam the lining first. Then steam the outside of the item.

Tip! Add The Laundress Ironing Water to the water tank for an added scent while steaming.

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