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A clothes steamer is a helpful tool for getting wrinkles out of clothes quickly. This video will teach you how to properly operate a clothes steamer.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Use a Clothes Steamer

In this video you will learn how to use a clothes steamer.

Hang Clothes and Fill Steamer With Water

To begin, hang up the article of clothing with a hanger on a portable clothes rack or onto the steamer's hanging fixture, if it has one. If these options are not available, simply use your shower rod. Make sure there's plenty of space around the article for maneuvering.

After consulting the instruction manual for proper use, fill the steamer with water. If you have hard water, it's best to use distilled water for your steamer. Regular tap water can leave mineral build up in your machine. Once filled, plug in the steamer.

Begin Steaming Clothing

Next, turn the steamer on and let it properly heat up. When steam is evenly and consistently shooting from the head of the steamer, it's ready to be used.

Start by pulling gently on the article from the bottom with one hand, making sure the clothing is taut. With the other hand, move the steamer head in slow, upward strokes against the fabric. 

Keep the movements short as you move across the fabric. The head of the steamer should only barely be touching the clothing.

Safety Tips

While steaming, it's best to keep the head of the steamer away from your body. It's also a good idea to wear shoes while you steam. Hot water may possibly drip from the steamer, which could easily burn your feet.

When you're finished steaming, unplug the machine and allow the steamer head to completely cool. Then, before storing it away, remove any water remaining in the machine.

Types of Clothes to Steam

Most types of fabric can be safely steamed; however, take extra precaution with clothing that requires dry cleaning. For these items, be sure to avoid holding the steamer head in one spot against the clothing for a prolonged period of time.

Also, pay attention to decorative elements on clothing. While steam is safe for fabrics and textiles, it may damage fragile items on clothing.

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