You do not have to spend a lot on dry cleaning to keep your clothes looking neat and attractive. All you have to do is learn how to properly use a garment steamer, a simple, fast, and efficient way to keep your clothes wrinkle- and crease-free.

How Does It Work?

It heats water to produce steam. A nozzle releases the steam to relax the fibers on the garment and eliminate the wrinkles.

A garment steamer works on a wide variety of fabrics. It is effective on cotton, wool, silk, and polyester. However, it is not recommended for use on suede, waxed jackets, and clothes made of plastic and other similar materials that are inclined to melt.

Advantages of Using A Garment Steamer

A garment steamer uses a jet of steam to eliminate wrinkles and creases from your clothes. You do not have to apply scorching heat, which may damage your garments.

The steamer does not touch your garments. It is ideal for delicate fabrics like satin, silk, jersey, and polyester.

You can use a steamer to remove wrinkles from clothes which are difficult to iron. You can easily smooth out pleats, sleeves, and ruffles. You can use it on your suit jacket or on your screen-printed skirt. You can conveniently remove the wrinkles while protecting the fabric and retaining the beautiful shape of your sweaters, blouses, and jackets.

How Do You Use A Garment Steamer?

Before steaming, look at the fabric care label to make sure that you can use a steamer on the garment. If there is no care label, you can use the steamer on a corner of the fabric to check if it can be steamed. Do not use the steamer on the entire garment if you are not sure.

Before using the steamer, you must check all parts to ensure that they are well-secured to avoid leaks.

Put water into the water reservoir of the garment steamer. Plug the appliance in. You can expect the steamer to heat up within a couple of minutes. Allow it to warm up until you get a nice steam going so you will get effective results.

You can press the button (or pull the trigger found on the handle) to check if there is an ample amount of steam.

A steamer works best on a garment that is hanging. The gravity will help to further pull out the creases.


Upright steamers generally come with a hanging pole as an attachment. If you have a handheld model, use a hanger to hang the garment and sling the hanger on a doorknob, a shower rod, or anywhere as long as you are comfortable with the height and reach.

Hang trousers by their cuffs for better results. If you are steaming shirts, keep the collar buttoned up.

Use light downward strokes. Run the steamer consistently along the fabric. It is not necessary to press the fabric against any surface to remove the wrinkles, since the steamer will do this on its own. If you press the steamer hard against the garment, you can drench the garment and cause damage. When sliding the steamer down the garment, press the button every now and then to release the steam.

Observe care when steaming, especially if the fabric is delicate. Always treat garments made from cotton, silk, velvet, cashmere, or sheer material with care.

Do not allow the steamer to get too close to the fabric. Keep it about an inch off the fabric to avoid possible spotting.


Do not focus the nozzle on just one area of the fabric for too long. When you steam boucle or velvet sweaters, steam on the reverse side. Turn the garment inside out also before applying the steamer on it if the garment has embellishments like ruffles, sequins, or pleats so you do not damage or deform the trimmings.

Steaming on the reverse side is a must when you are working on garments with embroidery or screen-prints. You will avoid damaging the embroidery or print while still eliminating the wrinkles.

You can use a garment steamer on heavy materials like jackets. You can even use it on curtains, tablecloths, or furniture slipcovers. Heavy fabric requires a more prolonged steaming. You can also steam the garment on both sides for good results.


You do not want the water on your steamer to run low. After you steam an item, make sure to check the water level. Replenish the water if necessary to make sure that you have adequate steam to do an effective job.

Allowing the water to run out may damage the steamer. Putting too much water on the tank, on the other hand, will produce hot water, not steam.

Your garment will be a bit damp immediately after the steaming. You may sometimes notice a few tiny water spots. This is nothing to worry about. Allow the garment to dry out completely. Let it sit for about 10 minutes to air out before hanging it back in your closet or wearing it so it can dry out completely.

Make sure that you follow these tips when using a garment steamer. You will discover that using a steamer is a fast and convenient way to get rid of the wrinkles on your clothes.

Make sure to see our guide on the best garment steamers on the market here.

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