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From Steam Generator to Steam Closet, All You Need to Know About Ironing Technology


Whether you take pride in banishing folds and wrinkles, or just wish to speed through the task of ironing, our guide will help to tailor the iron to your needs.


Select the Right Wattage

The more steam an iron produces, the faster you’ll be whizzing through your laundry. How efficiently an iron produces heat and steam is related to its electrical power. Typically, a higher wattage (W) will generate more heat. For regular home ironing, an iron with around 2000W will do the job.


Choose Your Preferred Iron Type


Types of IronsDry IronSteam IronSteam GeneratorGarment Steamer
Features A traditional iron that does not produce steam and requires water to be sprinkled onto the garment A pressing iron with a compartment holding water that is converted to steam by the iron's heat and emitted through the soleplate An iron attached to a separate docking station with a water compartment, and connected via a water tube Garment steamers are vertical steamers designed to quickly neaten clothes on the hanger
Benefits
  • Easy to use
  • Some fabrics, such as silk, only work well with dry iron
  • Better pressing ability due to its heavier weight
  • Steam opens a fabric's weave so that deep creases can be ironed out easily
  • Lightweight
  • Produces twice as much steam as a steam iron
  • Saves time and effort getting rid of deep creases
  • Lighter, as water is held separately
  • Less regular water refilling required, so you can get through more laundry in one go
  • No need for settings changes
  • Better for delicate fabrics and heavy materials
  • Does not require setting up of ironing board
Cons
  • Heavy
  • Requires water to be sprinkled manually
  • Iron has to be held in one place longer to see result
  • May leave a shine on clothes due to the heat and pressure applied
  • Takes up more space than a conventional iron
  • Unable to define pleats and creases on clothes

Check the Soleplate Material


The soleplate can be made of and coated with different kinds of materials. The best gliders are often stainless steel or ceramic.


Aluminium

Mainly found on entry-level irons. May become "sticky" over time, which can cause wrinkles on clothes as you iron. It conducts heat well, but is hard to clean and scratches easily.

Coated Non-Stick

Rarely becomes sticky because it glides over clothes, avoiding any pulls or wrinkles as you're ironing. It glides better than aluminium, but also scratches easily.

Stainless Steel

Moves over fabrics smoothly with excellent heat distribution, but may scratch zippers and buttons.

Ceramic

A good alternative to stainless steel as it has a hard-wearing, non-stick surface, spreads heat well and is easy to clean.

Palladium

Glides better than aluminium, but also scratches easily.

Some Additional Features to Consider


Auto Shut-Off

Turns off the power if the iron is motionless for a period of time to prevent a fire.

Steam Burst or Surge Button

Delivers a blast of steam to remove stubborn wrinkles, especially useful for linen and heavy fabrics.

Variable Heat/Fabric Settings

Allows you to control the temperature according to the fabric.

Drip Protection

Stops water droplets from staining fabrics when you are ironing.

Retractable Cord

Keeps the cord out of the way when you're using the iron or when storing it.

Steam Gauge or Adjustable Steam

Allows you to adjust the amount of steam or shut the steam off.

Misting Spray

Dampens deep wrinkles for easier ironing.