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Hello, I'd like to purchase a steamer for wrinkled clothing, etc. My primary items are shirts, trousers, and also jackets of a cotton nature. Are there any that are recommended? Thank you.
post #2 of 14
I've been pretty pleased with my Jiffy Esteam unit. It seems to work pretty well on all my wool trousers and jackets. It's ok for cotton, but doesn't give the same kind of crisp look that an iron does. FWIW, my mother uses the Esteam professionally for steaming drapes in place of the upright commercial Jiffy steamer she used to have to lug around. She says the Esteam does just as good a job as the upright. dan
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post #4 of 14
I use a Rowenta hand held steamer to ease out wrinkles on coats--especially on the sleeves and back. It's also good for sweaters. A flat iron is best for shirts and creased pants.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....y=20622 This is the ebay seller and model I purchased one from most recently. I've used it on average an hour per day or more for over a year and it is wonderful. Just be sure to use distilled water or it will not work as well after a few gallons. Before i put my suits away i always hang them up, inspect for any minor spots (wipe off with clean water and towel) then steam them out and hang them by themselves for a day before they go back in the closet. I find this GREATLY reduces the need for cleanings and after a day or two hanging loosely in a room with good air circulation that wonderful ashtray smell from a bar will go right out of it.
post #6 of 14
How about CONAIR brand?
post #7 of 14
I like my Conair Professional quite a bit.  I don't know that it's any easier than ironing but I greatly prefer it to ironing.  I absolutely despise ironing.  Unfortunately, I'm also waaay too cheap to send my shirts out. It's not great for collars, as might be obvious, but it won't make collars shiny from over-ironing either.  And watch your fingertips if you run your collar over the business-end of the steamer like I do. I haven't used the portable version that came with my Pro so I can't tell you how well that works. I got the Pro on eBay, new in the box, for $50. Kurt
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Reviving an old thread here: Carlo, how does that steamer work on dress shirts? Can you use that particular steamer on dress shirts instead of an iron? And if you can, what is your technique? Do you wash the shirts and then steam them when they are wet? Or do you hang dry them first, and then steam out the wrinkles?
post #9 of 14
I've found that dress shirts need ironing, unless it's just a quick touch up job for casual use (I use the steamer to do touch ups all the time, actually). Cotton khakis can be steamed, but require ironing if you care about the creases. Worcested wool rarely requires anything other than the steamer. The steamer is also great for cashmere. Montecristo
post #10 of 14
I use to use a Rowenta travel brush/steamer, but it didn't seem to put out a good quantity of steam. Then I went to a Jiffy commercial type floor model, which was okay, although delivery was somewhat inconsistent, but it was so cumbersome that I dreaded using it. My wife recently picked up a black hand held model, about the size of a coffee-carafe. I think it says "E-steam" on it, but I'm not sure. This hand held model is fantastic. It puts out just as much steam as the large machine, but is substantially more compact. We take it on trips, treat it pretty roughly, and we've never had a problem.
post #11 of 14
TCN... I'm very interested in your steamer. Can you get us details on it (mfr.). Thank you. Pete
post #12 of 14
TCN... I'm very interested in your steamer. Can you get us details on it (mfr.). Thank you. Pete
Here you go, this is it. I wasn't aware that it was a Jiffy, although someone commented on that earlier . . . http://www.epinions.com/Jiffy_E....liances
post #13 of 14
I have two Jiffy's, one at home and one at work. They're phenomenal machines. The one at work is true industrial grade, yet at Saks I saw they were using the same less expensive model I have at home. Go figure. If anyone is interested, I'd sell the more expensive machine, as I hardly ever use it.
post #14 of 14
Thanks just ordered one.
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