This Is The Perfect Solution For Your Hard-To-Iron Clothes

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While fashion trends and dress codes are always evolving, some things never change. If you want to look your best, choosing clothes that are clean and wrinkle-free is always the best place to start!

But sometimes keeping your clothes wrinkle-free is easier said than done! In today’s post, I’ll be sharing my own solution to that very problem, in the hopes that the information might prove just as useful to you! :-)

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The Problem: Removing Wrinkles From Hard-To-Iron Clothing

While I own a few different pieces of clothing that are tricky to iron, one skirt stands out as particularly problematic. The fabric of the skirt is wrinkle-prone, but it’s also delicate enough that I worry about how well it would fare against a hot iron.

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The skirt is also tiered, meaning there are multiple layers of that delicate fabric! So even if I was brave enough to attempt ironing it, I have no doubt that it would be a time-consuming project!

Recently, I came to terms with the fact that if I wanted to keep this skirt and my other hard-to-iron clothing looking nice, I ought to look into getting a good steamer.

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The Solution: SALAV Professional Series Garment Steamer

After looking a lot of different options, I ended up ordering the SALAV Professional Series Garment Steamer on Amazon. I’ve been using this steamer for a few months now, and I couldn’t be happier with it!

Not only did it solve my skirt problem, but it’s also great for freshening up clothes that I’ve already worn but are still clean enough to wear. Here are some of the unique features that make this clothes steamer so useful.

5 Things I Love About This Clothes Steamer

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1. Multiple Hangers

One of my favorite features on this clothes steamer is the built-in hanger. While it’s obviously great for shirts and jackets, it also offers a variety of options for hanging other clothes too!

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Both ends of the hanger have a small hook you can flip out and hang things from. It also comes with clips you can use to hang pants or slacks from the bottom part of the hanger.

No matter what you need to steam, you can find a handy place to hang it on this steamer!

2. Large Water Tank

This steamer has a surprisingly roomy water tank! It can hold enough water that you could run the steamer for a full hour if you wanted to!

If there’s one drawback to the tank that I can speak to, it’s that it seems to be a bit fragile, so handle with care! (I accidentally cracked the tank when I put the steamer in my trunk to take it over to the OGT Studio, but luckily it was nothing a little super glue couldn’t fix!)

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3. Foot Pedals

You can turn the power on and off and adjust the steam settings with a tap of your foot! I love the foot pedals on this steamer, because it means I don’t have to bend down to turn it on every time I want to use it!

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4. Handy Attachments

This steamer comes with a few useful attachments too! Use the pants press attachment to leave behind perfect creases on your slacks, or use the fabric brush to help brush away lint and pet hair while you steam.

There’s also a mini ironing paddle, which is really useful for straightening out collars and cuffs.

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5. Retractable Cord

While it might seem a bit silly, I really love the fact that the power cord is retractable. It’s so nice to not have to unwrap and rewrap the power cord every time I want to use it!

And once the cord is tucked away and the hanger bar is lowered, this steamer is surprisingly compact and tidy! It fits neatly in my closet and is easy to pull out again whenever I need it.

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6. It Works!

Finally, I love this clothes steamer because it works really well! As long as you hold the steam wand close enough to the fabric, wrinkles just fall right out like magic! (I suspect some of the negative Amazon reviews were left by people who didn’t do this, so I thought I’d mention it here!)

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So if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to freshen up your clothes between wearings, or you just want to cut back on how much ironing you do, then I would absolutely recommend this steamer as a solution! :-) (And as an added bonus, it’s also great for cleaning too!)

How do you deal with wrinkles on clothes that are difficult to iron?

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.I share creative homemaking and lifestyle solutions that make your life easier and more enjoyable!

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  • My dryer happens to have a steam cycle cycle that uses steam right in the dryer drum. It works well; I’m not telling how old that dryer is,but thankful that the guy who installed it told me about it.
    I didn’t notice that feature on it when we were looking at washers & dryers way back then. If you are at the stagewhere you need new laundry equipment, ask, or at least look at the features. I’ve noticed that some brands have changed the washers whereby you can take the center out or else come with fur removers. (That is something I will look for when the time comes. )
    Sandra

  • I would love to get a steamer but I can’t afford one. I do hang clothes in a steamy shower though and sometimes that will make tough clothes a little easier to iron. I also use starch, such as Niagara Spray Starch.

  • Jillee, I wish you would remember that many of us do diy for financial reasons, and can’t afford these fancy gadgets. It would be nice if you mentioned some more budget friendly options, too.

    • There is a handheld steamer that costs about $20.00 that works wonderfully- I’ve had mine for about 15 years or so (maybe longer?). I want to say it’s Joy Mangano? I just cruised Amazon for it and I don’t see that one, but they have many others at that price point. Just make sure you get one with an actual handle (so you don’t need to hold the entire water reservoir). They not only work great at home, but due to their small size, they are great for travel. You have to wait for 10 minutes between refills, but if you only do a piece or two it isn’t bad. A big one might not be cost effective if you don’t iron a lot, but if you do, consider saving for one.
      I ended up loving the handheld one so much and wear so many vintage pieces (as well as my husband’s suits), that I saved up my pennies and bought the metal version of a (full size) Jiffy Steamer, and I am incredibly happy with it. We used to use one at a clothing store I worked at and it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made.
      10+ years and still going strong! I’ve steamed miles of clothes, curtains (while hanging!), upholstery, and once, the stubborn label off of a vase with it. I LOVE IT. A friend got another brand (*cough*Conair*cough*) at the same time I got my Jiffy, and hers died within 2 years. Now she has a Jiffy too and couldn’t be happier. LOVE them. Worth every single penny. (But I do wear a lot of natural fibers and vintage…)

    • Hi Pamela! I have also used this handheld steamer, and it works great for the price: https://amzn.to/2MAPrES

      You can also steam clothes by hanging them in the bathroom while you take a hot shower. Or boil a large pot of water and hang the garment from the above cabinet. You can even use your clothes dryer to steam items by tossing them in for a few minutes with an ice cube or a damp, clean cloth. :-)

      • The handheld steamer that Jillee recommends above looks very similar to the discontinued one that I use and love. Worth it if you want to try a steamer- they honestly work so much faster than ironing- plus you can do a suit (or anything) without worrying about leaving the fabric shiny.

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