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Top 5 Reasons To Replace An Iron with a Clothes Steamer

Whether at a trade show or on the internet, a top question we often get asked is what are 5 reasons to replace an iron with a clothes steamer. If you’ve every known anyone who owns a clothes steamer, they are often advocates of why you should ditch the iron and get on your feet with a clothes steamer, but what are they really saying? Let’s get straight to it and explain our 5 reasons to replace an iron with a clothes steamer.

Top 5 Reasons To Replace An Iron with a Clothes Steamer

Speed

 

There are so many reasons a Fridja clothes steamer is faster than a typical iron. Firstly when clothes are hung up, they are much easier to see how the garment is supposed to hang, rather than laid down on an ironing board. When clothes are hung up, you can see where the creases are and when stroking the steamer head against fabric, they will melt away.

When ironing it’s very easy to create creases too. Iron the front and you might be ironing in a crease somewhere on the back! It’s an all too familiar story. When using a clothes steamer and the garment is hung up, you won’t create creases as you aren’t flattening the fabric against a hard surface like an ironing board.

 

 

Skill

 

Ironing is very difficult and some people never master it. Clothes steamers on the other hand have a very different story. Clothes steamers typically are used in shops, by very inexperienced sales assistants. They learn very quickly and never damage clothes. Do you ever see irons on shop floors? No.

Clothes steamers take just a short time to understand and the whole process is very simple. We’ve made this short video highlighting the top five tips on how to use a clothes steamer.

 

 

More Versatile

 

Clothes steamers are much more versatile than irons. Irons have hot metal plates that can burn so many materials, whereas clothes steamers only use steamer to relax materials and remove creases. From delicate materials like silk, chiffon, lace, wedding dresses and saris to formalwear like suit and office attire, clothes steamers won’t burn, stick or damage to any fabrics. The use of steam alone is the reason that dry cleaners will use clothes steamers like this and not hot irons on delicate fabrics.

 

In addition you can use clothes steamers around the house. Soft furnishing like sofas, armchairs and even beddings can benefit from hot steam to reduce mild odours, freshen fabrics and make more hygienic. Clothes steamers are also ideal for curtains and drapes, simply steam them whilst hung up. They will look much better than taking them down and ironing them or taking them to the dry cleaners. This will also provide a significant saving in money.

 

More Gentle

 

Unfortunately for most people, we’ve had that moment where we’ve put an iron onto a piece of clothing that we shouldn’t have and ending up burning it, and ruining the clothes forever. Be it a dress, a pair of trousers or suit jacket that goes shiny or t shirt with print, nobody likes to ruin clothes.

Clothes steamers are much more gentle than irons, that’s why they are used in clothes shops all over the world.

If you’re planning on decreasing a whole event, like a wedding, you’ll 100% want a clothes steamer. Wedding dresses are expensive and beautiful, they should only be used with clothes steamers, see our video for a quick how to steam a wedding dress.

 

 

Better Looking Than an Iron and an Ironing Board

 

From students to professionals, from those in front of the camera and those behind, we all look better in a freshly steamed outfit. So that means that before we get dressed, we need to prepare our clothes.

When you have a Fridja steamer in your room or wardrobe, turning on take 45 seconds and you’re steaming within a minute. Once steamed you leave the shirt, blouse or dress on the hanger ready for your entrance from the shower. Having a clothes steamer in the corner of the room looks fabulous, just pick your favourite colour. Let’s face it, who’s lived with an ironing board constantly set up in their room like an ugly second table? A Fridja clothes steamer is not only practical, it looks awesome.

 

 

So there are our 5 reasons to replace an iron with a clothes steamer, do you agree? Did we miss any out? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Browse our colourful clothes steamers here and see the improvements we’ve made to our flagship clothes steamers in this blog post here or the video below.

 

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Cleaning and Descaling A Clothes Steamer

As with any water based product, clothes steamers need regular maintenance to ensure a long and productive life, including cleaning and descaling. Please follow these procedures showing the best method of cleaning and descaling a clothes steamer. The rate of which you carry out maintenance on a clothes steamer will depend on usage, however we recommend you carry this procedure out at least every two months for domestic use and every week for commercial use.

 

How To Clean A Clothes Steamer

It’s advisable to drain the water after heavy use or or whilst storing. Unplug the steamer, remove the hose and telescopic pole and take to the bathroom or a large sink.

 

Descale A Clothes Steamer

 

On the side of the steamer, there is a drainage valve, for removing water inside the steamer.

 

Descale A Clothes Steamer

 

In order to flush the inside of the steamer and remove mineral deposits, fill up the tank and place on the unit whilst inside the bath or large sink. Open the valve and release the remaining water inside the machine into a large sink or bath. With the drainage valve open, let the water flow through the system and flush any impurities.

 

Descale A Clothes Steamer

Descale A Clothes Steamer

 

Once fully drained, remove the water tank and wipe down the reservoir with a towel.

 

Descale A Clothes Steamer
 

How To Descale A Clothes Steamer

To descale, fully assemble the steamer, including the pole and hose, and fill up the water tank with water. Open one of the packets of detergents carefully and pour a quarter of the packet inside the tank.

 

 

Place the water tank on the unit. Open a window and turn on the steamer, pointing the steam towards the window. Leave the steamer on for at least 15 minutes.

 

Descale A Clothes Steamer

 

After at least 15 minutes has passed, turn the steamer off and drain the water from the tank and the inside.

 

Descale A Clothes Steamer

 

Replace the water with fresh water and leave on for another 15 minutes. Finally drain again and wipe down the steamer including the reservoir. Your clothes steamer is now cleaned, descaled and maintained.

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How To Wash Dry Clean Only Clothes At Home

We often get asked how to wash dry clean only clothes at home at Fridja headquarters, and so it’s really delightful when someone as brilliant as Telegraph Fashion explains it in a beautiful article! Yay! You can read their awesome article using this link – How To Wash Dry Clean Only Clothes At Home!

They highlight some great points. Check their article out, or just read out highlights!

Give it some airtime

When you’ve worn something to a bar or restaurant, it might hum a little, but fear not! Mother nature has a beautiful solution. Hang it up somewhere with fresh air! Give it 48 hours, then see if it still needs ‘cleaning’. Provided there’s no stain, any mild odours should disappear if you just give it some time. So in brief, hang it up and stick the kettle on.

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Spot clean embellished items

Spot treating is ace for direct action on any marked garments (particularly make up marks). Take a damp cloth, apply warm water (and wring out) then dab, never rub. The stain should lift out. We also like doing this with our fabric brush (F-1000 and F-1400), complete with every Fridja steamer of course!

How To Wash Dry Clean Only Clothes At Home

Don’t believe the label

Certain materials should never be washed at home. Silks, wools and taffeta are all a big no no. However some materials, however expensive the price tag was, are fine to wash at home. Cottons, polyester, nylon and acrylics are all perfect to wash at home.

Machine-washing cashmere

It’s bad practice to take expensive luxurious cashmere to the dry cleaners all the time as each trip will render them thinner and thinner. Unless stained, avoid the cost and the trip by tending to it at home. Always wash on cold and when drying never hang up as it might just end up stretching. If you’re worried about clothes moths, put your delicates in the freezer!

Check out our video on how to steam your favourite fluffy below!

Steam your silks

The Telegraph Fashion articles says:

“Steaming can remove mild dirt. It is particularly good for delicate fabrics that you would prefer not to wash in a machine, such as silk, but also works on cashmere and acrylic. It will loosen dirt, which can be removed using a clothes brush. I use a portable steamer by Fridja (£99.99).”

The Telegraph Fashion article was written by super awesome Francesca Salih, check out her site Wardrobe Mistress.

If you have any tips of your own or questions, just pop a comment below! Or say hi via our Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus pages.

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East London: Now and then.

To celebrate us (Fridja and Veto Juicers) moving to under Bad Denim in Clapton, Hackney (East London), we’ve found a bunch of pictures from Google Maps from recent Hackney. Here are a few of my favourites, hope you enjoy!

Ace Hotel

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Hackney Downs

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Dalston Junction

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Adam and Eve

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Hackney Picturehouse

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119 / Blue Tit

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Rose and Crown

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Clapton Hart

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The Kenton

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Kebab Zero / Browns

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Sager and Wilde

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The Corner Shop

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The Spurstowe

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Creperie du Monde

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Nandos (Stoke Newington)

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Bad Denim

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Chase and Sorensen

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Beloved Efes

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Alibi

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Oslo

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The Plough

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CandelaVans (Pillow Heat)

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Wild and Wooley / Lower Clapton Road

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Windsor Castle

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Saving Money At The Dry Cleaners

Normally we don’t do posts about things like saving money at the dry cleaners. Normally we like to waltz around fashion shows, telling you about the champagne and pretty models, but the truth of the matter is that our steamers are used by people everyday to sort out creases, and to save money at the dry cleaners! So I thought I’d tell you, sweet internet readers, what I tell people at trade shows about how steamers save you time, effort and make your clothes, especially suits, last longer.

Let’s delve into this a little, I promise to make it as entertaining as possible.

Do you work in a place where your suit needs to be perfect everyday? Will you only rise to the top by impressing clients and your superiors by never showing a crease? Is that suit you’ve got constantly going to the dry cleaners? Well it shouldn’t do, and here’s why. Taking clothes to the dry cleaners too often is not good for your clothes. The talented tailors of Saville Row, or George at Asda, use cloth that is delicate and having it dry cleaned is anything but delicate.

Dry cleaners do two things!

1 – Clean your suit / clothes using a chemical called tetrachloroethylene, and it isn’t too good for your expensive clothes!

2 – Steam your clothes to remove creases.

The truth is, you don’t need to ‘clean’ your suits too often. They just need refreshing! If you get egg, pizza and beer on your suit, you might want to think about cleaning it (and maybe your general behaviour). However getting your suit looking great after you’ve worn it a few times is very simple with a garment steamer. Those creases on the arms and backs of suits and the ones around the knees and crotch are simple to take out using a Fridja. In addition, suits that have been in the cupboard (that black tie one you dread wearing) spruce up perfectly using a garment steamer. You also never get that horrible shine that you might get over time using a dry cleaners too often! Check out these two videos that show you how easy it is to get your suit looking perfect using either of our garment steamers!

Other things you end up taking to dry cleaners which can cost an arm and a leg are delicate delicate dresses, like silk or wedding dresses! If you have a whole wedding to decrease, this can be a huge cost. Check out how beautiful this wedding dress came out using a Fridja Steamer!

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Getting your suits and dresses is easy, fast and relatively fun (i promise) with a Fridja steamer. Stop spending all your precious pounds and time at the dry cleaners and get it sorted at home, easy!

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George Lamb

It’s great when someone mega famous likes your project. It’s even better when he’s a superstar with a superstar dad, and a superstar business portfolio. You may know that other than being a DJ and TV legend, George Lamb managed the mega fab Lily Allen on her way up but what you may not know is that he is also bankrolling and guiding the massive talent Adrien Sauvage. Adrien makes amazing suits that any popstar worth his salt will try and don. Basically, you know you’ve made it when you’ve got one of these suits. I’m keeping both fingers crossed that Father Christmas reads my blog, and that he doesn’t think I’ve been too much of a chief this year.

Thanks for the pic George!

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Fridja Steamer Pop Bakery

We got these cakes as a gift to the British Fashion Council and they were so good we had to show them off on our blog! Thank you POP Bakery! xxx

 

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