Age of Steamer

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Clothes Steamer

In China, during the 1st century BC, metal pans filled with charcoal were used for smoothing fabrics. It was later in the 17th century where sadirons or sad irons came into used. These were thick slabs of cast iron made to delta shaped with a handle and heated over fire. Designs were later refined and the "iron box" was developed. It proved to be a popular household item among many American housewives, where they were able to be filled the box with hot coals to achieve heat to smooth clothing pieces.

It was later in the 19th and early 20th century where irons were heated by fuels such as kerosene, alcohol, whale oil, natural gas, carbide gas (acetylene), or gasoline. Regardless of the risk of fire,
liquid irons were sold around the United States . It only afterwards during the late 1880's early 1890's that the invention of resistively heated electric iron was introduced without fault.

Up until now, it is believe that most homes around the world will have an electric iron as one of their household item, but these days due to the development of technologies, ironing clothes has taken a step further. The development of "clothes steamer" or also
frequently known as "garment steamer" are commonly coming into use in many household and fashion boutiques.

Clothes steamer are ready to steam in under 60 seconds and does the normal ironing job with a conventional iron and ironing board in half the time. It removes wrinkles and creases in one quick wiped with an easily strong, and continuous flow of warm moist steam. It works on the most delicate materials use in clothing drapery, tablecloths, and virtually any type of fabrics.

A clothing/garment steamer is a unit that looks more or less like a vacuum cleaner with a section where water is stored to produce steam. The steam is delivered through a hose which has a steam head. The steam head is like a big nozzle that allows steam to come out. The garment/clothing steamer is always used at an upright position so that the hose can freely collected condensation to flow back into the
steamer. Most steamer comes with a convenient hanger/hook mechanism that holds both clothes and steam head securely.

There are many advantages of clothes/garment steamer. Let's have a look at them:

  • Garment/clothes steamer can be used for a variety of tasks, ranging from fine garment care to industrial uses.
  • It can produce winkle free clothing and fabrics up to five times faster than the normal steam iron and can be used safely on both natural and synthetic materials.
  • Clothes steamer can flatten hard to reach places with steam where a normal iron cannot come close. These include wigs, clothing, drapes, wallpaper, upholstery, or even carpet.

Clothes steamers are also available in commercial garment steamers, clothes and fabric steamers from the home or small businesses, and traveler steamers.


 

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