How to Clean Clothes with a Steamer

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Things You'll Need

  • Steam cleaner

  • Rust-proof hangers

Tip

Try steaming difficult wrinkles from the underside of the garment.

Warning

Avoid touching the steam cleaner head on silk or velvet. Do not add dye, perfumes or salt to the steam cleaner water. Do not overfill the steam cleaner, and ensure it does not run dry. Do not pour cold water into a running steamer.

Ideal Clothes for Steam Cleaning

Cleaning your clothes with a personal steamer can save you hundreds of dollars per year in dry-cleaning costs. Steamers are efficient, gentle and safe on most garments. A steam cleaner works up to five times faster than an iron, and is excellent for removing wrinkles. It will not stain or scorch clothing. Steamers also can be used on curtains, tablecloths, linens and upholstered furniture.

Step 1

Add water to the steam cleaner, turn it on and allow it to heat up.

Step 2

Hang clothes on clean, rust-proof hangers. Hang pants by their cuffs with clothes pins.

Step 3

Grasp the steamer head, and press the "steam" or "on" button until it emits a steady amount of steam.

Step 4

Touch the steamer head lightly onto wrinkled clothes, and use upright, vertical motions to apply steam until wrinkles disappear.

Step 5

Allow steam-cleaned clothes to air dry.

references & resources

Aja Rivers

Aja Rivers is a New England native who has been writing professionally for nine years. Her poetry has appeared in "Tiger’s Eye: A Journal of Poetry," "Main Channel Voices" and "The Aurorean." She has an associate's degree in science from Cape Cod Community College and a paralegal certificate from Gloucester County College. Rivers is also a certified all-breed dog groomer.