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to ask whether anyone actually uses a steamer rather than an iron?

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GiveMeSteam Mon 25-Feb-19 16:41:39

I've been reading here and there about people using domestic hand steamers to give clothes a quick 'freshen up' rather than washing (I mean for something like a jumper that hasn't been worn next to the skin), and that they can be a good alternative to ironing for things that aren't very creased. Could this possibly be true? Does anyone actually do it?

(No comments asking why I care if things are creased please; personally I'm not bothered, but my job requires me to look fairly put together and I've never managed to make a shirt look decent without an actual iron. I can't go to work looking like I've slept in my clothes.)

I'm interested in opinions before I actually take the plunge and buy a steamer. It won't be a professional one like the type I see them use in the shops, so I'm wondering whether it's worth the effort.

BangingOn Mon 25-Feb-19 16:47:10

I bought a small, cheap handheld travel steamer last year for a wedding we were attending overseas as I didn’t trust hotel irons with our outfits. It is brilliant and I never use a regular iron now.

kmc1111 Mon 25-Feb-19 17:25:10

I do. It works really well at getting out little creases. I still use an iron when I want to look really polished, but for everyday work clothes the steamer is great.

Cheeeeislifenow Mon 25-Feb-19 18:02:07

I use an industrial steamer in our charity shop and it also cleans them too. It's brilliant, I am thinking of getting a small household one.

EspressoPatronum Mon 25-Feb-19 18:03:10

Me! Cannot be faffed ironing...

Rtmhwales Mon 25-Feb-19 18:06:37

I do. Haven't ironed in years. Even super creased dress shirts look immaculate after a once over with a £10 handheld steamer.

Pinkginxx Mon 25-Feb-19 18:13:16

I leave shirts hanging above the bath and that does the job lovely if that counts 😂

LaPampa Mon 25-Feb-19 18:13:57

I used one when visiting a friend in NYC and was converted. Much better than an iron

Bufferingkisses Mon 25-Feb-19 18:14:23

Yep, so much better than an iron. My iron is now in the spider playground shed!

StoneofDestiny Mon 25-Feb-19 18:44:01

Can anybody say what their great cheap steamer is called and where to buy it?

BangingOn Mon 25-Feb-19 18:55:43

This is the one I have. I’d definitely recommend it.

StoneofDestiny Mon 25-Feb-19 19:23:28

Thank you Banging. Helpful

FurryDogMother Mon 25-Feb-19 19:28:49

I've got the same one as Banging and I love it too - haven't ironed since the 70s, but sometimes need creases to drop out. It works a treat smile

BirdieInTheHand Mon 25-Feb-19 19:30:29

Not instead of washing but I steam pretty much all my clothes instead of ironing.

Processedpea Mon 25-Feb-19 19:31:34

I have a tefal one from Argos it's great esp for freshening up clothes for ebaying

storminabuttercup Mon 25-Feb-19 19:38:30

Woah hold on? I can get creases out without ironing? Is it quicker? Sorry to hijack but I really need to know how this works!

WidoWanky Mon 25-Feb-19 19:39:01

I like ironing😆 so i wouldnt do away with it. I have a steam generator iron. Best of both worlds. Can steam the lighter fabrics, but some of the heavier stuff (my bedding...) still get the old iron treatment!

lottielady Mon 25-Feb-19 19:39:50

Guess what I’ve just ordered blush

Processedpea Mon 25-Feb-19 19:45:18

So much quicker and great for delicates

GiveMeSteam Wed 27-Feb-19 13:43:03

Thanks for all the comments! I bought a small one, just got to buy some distilled water and I’ll try it out.

TwinMummy1510 Wed 27-Feb-19 13:49:32

Aaaah I got confused! I thought you meant a presser - my mum hasn't used a handheld iron in years but uses this big presser thing which is ridiculously fast in smoothing out clothes.

But as this is about steamers, just ignore me... 😅 As you were.... 😅

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