The hand held steamer in your iron is a bonus that you must use and maximize when you are ironing clothes, especially the thick ones. Ironing clothes with a handheld steamer is not really as hard as it looks. The hand held steamer takes up little space and often weighs lightly, which is an added advantage for you. Just make sure that you are able to practice it well and follow these basic steps in ironing, which applies for most types of clothing:
- Hand Held Steamer Status. Check first the condition of your hand held steamer before anything else. See first if the steam is coming out properly. It may sound like a lot of work, but discovering the steamer through the manual may be the safest way to go about it. This way, you will not be bogged down by voltage requirements and other no-nos for your hand held steamer.
- Iron Features. Your other iron features like its compatibility with certain fabrics and other similar stuff are also things that you need to familiarize yourself with. Your grip in holding the iron and hand held steamer is also a factor that you need to consider. Without plugging, try to see first and test the weight of the iron and steamer. This will help give you a feel of the ironing job that you are about to do.
- Temperature. Set the temperature to the optimum level that befits the material that you are making. In general, medium is best since you will inject a lot of steam to the most wrinkled parts later on. The temperature may also vary. You can start with the thick fabrics first and then put the thin sheets last. Just vary the setting from time to time. Be conscious of what you are doing. When you are already ironing, you might fall into a routine spell where you are not already mindful of the thing you are doing.
- Fabric. Some fabrics don’t take well to steam. Some of the things you need to avoid with direct steam are tulle and similar fragile fabrics that will burn to a crisp if you put too much heat. There are even clothes that need professional pressing and no ironing at all.
- Starch. The starch may come in handy in some clothes since it will give it a fresher and cleaner look. Use starch separately from the steam so that you will not overpower the fabric with too much add-ons. Sometimes, the steam does the job well without need for starch.
Maintain your hand held steamer by cleaning its exterior with dry cloth. Also, make sure you store your steamer and your iron in its designated place and out of reach of small children so that it can serve you for a long time. Enjoy the activity and set a fixed time and place for your ironing activity so that you will easily get used to it and incorporate it into your daily activities.