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6 Reasons Why You & Your Wardrobe Should Love Steaming

Oct 9, 2015

"Does steaming clothes clean them?" It's a question we get a lot at The Laundress, so we've broken down the benefits of steam cleaning clothes and other household fabrics:

Does steam cleaning clothes kill bacteria? Yes! Steaming kills most germs and removes wrinkles from items that aren't best suited to launder or dry clean.

Does steaming clothes remove odors? Yes! Steaming cleaning removes odor-causing bacteria and allergens that attract mites.

Do garment steamers clean clothes? "Does steaming clothes clean them?" It's a question we get a lot at The Laundress, so we've broken down the benefits of steam cleaning clothes and other household fabrics:

Does steam cleaning clothes kill bacteria? Yes! Steaming kills most germs and removes wrinkles from items that aren't best suited to launder or dry clean.

Does steaming clothes remove odors? Yes! Steaming cleaning removes odor-causing bacteria and allergens that attract mites.

Do garment steamers clean clothes?  Garment steamers kill most germs and keep items fresh between wearing and washing, especially dry clean items. Add, Ironing Water to a garment steamer or iron for the ultimate fabric finish and clean laundry small.

Steam cleaning is a great way to save money and keep your clothes looking their best. For more expert home cleaning and fabric care tips, visit the Clean Talk blog. 

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.
Steaming can do so many wonderful things for your clothes. The Laundress is here to tell you exactly why you should steam, and how to do it too.

REASONS TO STEAM

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.

IDEAL FABRICS TO STEAM

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.



HOW TO STEAM

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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