Ironing Versus Steaming Your Clothes

Posted by Haley Waple on 12/28/2017 to DIY
Ironing Versus Steaming Your Clothes
Which is better for your clothes? An iron or a steamer? Or maybe you will stick to just hang drying your clothes, putting your clothes in the dryer, or even steam your clothes by hanging them in your bathroom while you bathe yourself.

Both an iron and a steam have the exact same job, to eliminate wrinkles. Both release steam but they operate in different ways.


An iron transfers heat from a flat surface to a garment that is placed on an ironing board. The iron presses the clothing flat eliminating wrinkles.

  • Easy to use. Anyone can easily figure out how to operate an iron.
  • They are perfect for getting rid of wrinkles on dress shirts and pants. A crease is easy to create on pants.
  • Compact and easy to store because it doesn't take up a lot of space.
  • Difficult to use when ironing sleeves, ruffles, and let's not even get started on pleats. 
  • Double creases can sometimes appear when ironing.
  • Ironing boards are needed and they take up a lot of space.

Unlike an iron, a steamer gets rid of wrinkles without making contact with the fabric.

  • Are perfect to use on difficult to iron fabrics. They are effective for removing wrinkles on sleaves, pleats, and ruffles on garments.
  • Clothing garments that have ruffles, pleats, or are a delicate fabric require a steamer to be used to preserve the shape of the garment.
  • Steamers are faster than irons. Handheld steamers are lightweight and easy to operate.
  • Handheld steamers don't take up a lot of space
  • Creases cannot be pressed into fabrics like an iron
  • Water buildup can damage your steamer
  • If you over-steam a garment you could blow seams into it and damage the garment
  • Colors can run when using a steamer
Do you iron or steam your clothes? What do you find what works better for you? and Why?

Thanks for reading!

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