Ironing was never my thing. Never ever ever. And for the last couple of years I've been living with people that have always had them, so I never felt the need to buy one. Now that I'm moving yet again, and on my own, I'm starting to buy a lot of things that I've been missing out on and one of them is a way to get wrinkles off my clothes.
Back in my NYC days when I was reckless and didn't have to pay for heat or hot water I would turn my hot water on super high in my bathroom and hang dresses on the door to get them straight. This did the job well for a few hours and that was enough for me at the time. I've always wanted a steamer though because it was cooler than having an iron and I knew I'd be able to get wrinkles out of delicate items.
The Handheld Garment Fabric and Clothing Steamer from Wollin is my latest acquisition and I'm hoping that I works as well as it did the first time I used it as time goes by. What I really like about it is that it's small, which is great because FYI it's a travel steamer, and isn't heavy at all. I'm not at all intimidated by it like I initially thought it would be because steamers were always so fancy seeming to me. Like only people that worked in costume design or dry cleaners used them. I used it on my favorite dress from 2008 (yikes!) and it got the wrinkles out just as it did when I used irons in steam mode.
A great thing about this is that I'm able to use it for curtains and my duvet. It's so annoying to have a room perfectly cleaned and organized only to have super wrinkly curtains or a fancy duvet with them as well. I used it on my pin tucked duvet cover and it. I'm excited to go away for a few nights where I'm actually be able to use it because 1: I'll see if I even really need a travel steamers and 2: If I'll make the effort to use it outside of my house. Regardless of this though it's a nice alternative to a regular old iron and it means I'm not going to be super wasteful with my water and heat trying to get my clothes looking smooth!