Steaming: How to take care of your goods
At Townsfolk you can buy the beautifully designed steamer from the Swedish brand the Steamry. In our shop, we are often asked about washing knit sweaters and various other delicate items. We always recommend washing your knit as little as possible and otherwise wash them by hand.
Steaming provides the safest and gentlest finish for laundry items, releasing wrinkles for a natural finish. Not only does steaming avoid any risks posed from ironing (such as burning and unintended creasing), but the steam kills most germs and bacteria, which helps eliminate odors. A steamer is a great investment. You’ll find it pays for itself very quickly, saving you time and money by reducing drycleaning.
REASONS TO STEAM
- Steaming removes allergens that attract dust mites. A key to controlling allergic reactions is controlling the dust mite population in a home.
- Steam out wrinkles using a steamer to create a more relaxed, casual finish vs. the crisp finish from an iron.
- Keep items fresh between wearing and washing, especially woolens and dry-clean items. This will both reduce dry cleaning expenses and wear on items!
- Steaming requires nothing more than water and heat and, therefore, is non-polluting compared with mite eradication methods that require the use of detergents and other chemical agents.
IDEAL FABRICS TO STEAM
The best way to finish woolens, silk, and delicate items is to steam them. Steaming also works great for cotton, linens, and durable synthetic fabrics, providing a casual finish. We opt to iron only when we want an extra-crisp finish.
Wool, Cashmere, Wool Blends & Wool-Like Synthetics Steaming is also ideal for silk and delicate fabrics that cannot take high or direct heat from an iron.
Woolens appear wrinkled after washing, so we steam to release the wrinkles and fluff the yarns. Never iron woolens as this practice can crush or flatten the natural pile of the yarns.
Steaming is also ideal for silk and delicate fabrics that cannot take high or direct heat from an iron.
HOW TO STEAM
1. Hold the steamer nozzle (or head) to hover over the fabric.
2. Drag the steamer over the fabric. It’s ok if you touch the steamer nozzle to the fabric. This will not damage the item.
3. Steam the item, top to bottom. Systematically move from shoulder to the end of each sleeve or from waistband to each pant cuff.
4. If the item has a lining, steam the lining first. Then steam the outside of the item.