28 Sep 2017
September 28, 2017

Ironing Versus Steaming

From TheLaundress.com

STEAMING

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.

REASONS TO STEAM

Steaming is wonderful for the following reasons:

Kills germs:
Steaming kills odor-causing bacteria

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

Doesn’t pollute:
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.

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 drycleaning:
Keep items fresh between wearing and washing, especially woolens and dry-clean items. This will both reduce drycleaning expenses and wear on items!

IDEAL FABRICS TO STEAM

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

Wool, cashmere, wool blends, and wool-like synthetics:
Steaming is ideal for woolens. Sometimes after washing woolens, they appear wrinkled, but you cannot iron wool. Instead, steaming will release the wrinkles and fluff the yarns.

Silk, silk blends, silk-like, and delicate synthetics:
Steaming is also ideal for silk and delicate fabrics that cannot take high or direct heat from an iron.

HOW TO STEAM

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

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

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

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

STEAMING vs. IRONING

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.

We only iron when we want an extra-crisp finish.

Of course, JIFFY STEAMER is all about Steaming but they explain exactly why steaming is better than ironing. They tell us that “when you use an iron, you’re causing irreparable damage to the fibers of your clothing’s fabric. Under your iron’s heat, fabrics are crushed and burned. Ironing a garment even just once can cause visible damage.” Steam is gentler on your clothes and actually relaxes the fibers, eliminating wrinkles without damaging fabric.

They even provide proof of the fact that steaming is gentler. The started with two identical squares of black wool. They ironed “Sample A” for one minute using the recommended heat setting on a top-quality residential iron. They steamed “Sample B” for one minute using their Model J-2000 personal clothing steamer.

They bagged and labeled the samples and set them to a microscopy facility where a Scanning Electron Microscope magnified each by 500 and 1000. Check out the resulting images.

You cannot help but notice the difference! So, as Jiffy Steamer and The Laundress ladies confirm, it’s time to ditch the iron and invest in a steamer.

I have a Jiffy Steamer and love it … check out Jiffy Steamer here.

 

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