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How to Use a Clothes Steamer

Remove Wrinkles With Steam

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How to Use a Clothes Steamer

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Clothes steamers are a quick and effect tool for removing wrinkles from clothing, linens, furniture slipcovers and drapes. Steamers are easy to use and following just a few tips will make you look like a professional. Before you buy a clothes steamer, review the size and attachments you need.

Before working on any fabric, allow the steamer to heat completely. This will prevent sputtering of water before the steam appears. Test to be sure that you have a full head of steam.

Always steam in a vertical, upright position. Pressing down on a garment will not help to release the wrinkles. It also allows the condensation in the steamer hose to flow down, not dribble out.

To use the steamer, touch the material lightly with the steam head and wrinkles will instantly vanish. Do not directly touch velvet with the head of the clothes steamer. Some articles, such as silk, can be steamed better from the underside. This allows the steam to relax the fibers of the material, thus removing the wrinkles.

Never overfill your steamer or allow it to run dry which can damage the heating element. Keep the water container upright to prevent spills. Empty excess water before storing.

Never hold your hand directly in the steam. Burns can occur more quickly than you think. Keep it away from children.

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