How does a steamer work?
Steamers work by heating up water until it becomes steam. The hot steam is then applied through a steam nozzle to a wrinkled fabric to eliminate wrinkles and creases. There are two main types of steamers: upright steamers and handheld steamers
. Upright steamers are ideal for everyday home or professional use, while handheld garment steamers are a more travel-friendly version with a smaller water tank.
Can I steam any fabric?
The short answer is yes. In general, all fabrics can be steamed, even delicate textiles like silk
. The hot steam allows the textile fibers to swell and regain their natural shape, which is more forgiving than the scorching hot surface of a traditional iron which tends to flatten down the textile fibers. However, you should avoid steaming materials that are made from animal hide, like suede and leather.