Who does not appreciate it – an iron always ensures neat and above all wrinkle-free clothing. In today’s times, there are almost only steam irons on the market. The hot steam of such devices makes ironing much easier. The required water is in the integrated or removable water tank. The steaming can usually be switched off, but who has learned the benefits of ironing with steam, will not do without it.

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    Important features

    • Power: The power is specified in watts as usual. Normally the values ​​are between 1,500 and 3,000 watts. Higher performance heats up the unit faster and keeps the high temperature more easily. The specified performance has nothing to do with the temperature of the soleplate, this is normalized.
      • 1 point is ~ 110 ° C
      • 2 points are ~ 150 ° C
      • 3 points are ~ 220 ° C
    • Steam: The steam pressure is indicated by the steam iron in bar. Essential is also the number and arrangement of the steam nozzles, the sliding behavior, continuous steam production and a stepless regulation of the steam quantity. The more steam is produced, the faster and better the ironing is moistened and the easier it can be ironed. Steam quantities of 30 to 40 grams per minute are recommended, and top-of-the-range devices even achieve more than 50 grams. Such a high amount of steam is advantageous when ironing thick and heavy fabrics or bed linen in multiple layers. If you occasionally iron on a few pieces of laundry, a model with a steam production of 30 to 40 grams/minute and an extra shot of steam with 100 to 200 g / min is sufficient.
    • Soleplate: For efficient ironing, the soleplate of the steam iron should be as smooth as possible and, above all, scratch resistant. Such a sole usually consists of the materials aluminum, stainless steel or ceramic, also soleplates with special non-stick coating are offered. Alu is inexpensive and scratch-resistant, but it usually slides worse than other materials. Stainless steel is currently standard and scores with good sliding properties. For high-quality steam irons, the soleplate is made of ceramic.
    • Water tank: A larger water tank of the steam iron ensures that you can iron for a long time without having to refill the water. However, the contained water in a large tank makes the iron relatively heavy. A capacity of about 300 ml is a good average.
    • Cable length: The cable should not be too short and should also be flexibly attached to the steam iron, for example by a so-called “flexo joint”. The length of the cables is quite different, some devices have cable lengths of more than three meters.
    • Safety functions: Comfort functions often make sense. Models with an anti-limescale system, for example, allow the use of conventional tap water, but in regions of hardness above 3 distilled water should be used. Irons with built-in automatic shutdown are in principle preferable. Models that turn off the device not just in case it has not been moved for a few minutes in the park position are even better.

    General tips for ironing

    Ironing is not difficult – if you follow a few simple tips, it is really quick and easy. In principle, the drier the laundry, the harder it is to iron. Slightly damp laundry is the easiest way to iron.

    Some materials, such as black lingerie, begin to shine easily when ironed. It is better to iron them from the left or to iron them with a damp cloth.

    If you are not sure about the temperature of your laundry, you should pay particular attention to the care label and adjust the iron accordingly. Basically, synthetic fibers such as viscose and nylon as well as silk may only be ironed at low temperatures. High temperatures are especially suitable for ironing cotton and linen.

    Ironing tips for shirts and blouses

    Ironing shirts or blouses is one of the toughest things for many housewives and, above all, home-builders. With a few tips but also succeeds the excellent:

    • The collar: Place the garment with the inside of the collar on the board and work from the collar tips to the middle to avoid wrinkles.
    • The cuffs: Iron the cuff inside from the hem to the sleeve, then the outside.
    • The hemmed saddle: This refers to the upper back and shoulder area between the collar and the transverse back seam. Lay the shirt with your back on the ironing frame. Grab left and right at the intersection of back and armhole seams and pull the shirt up so the saddle and lower back area fold away. Then iron the saddle smoothly.
    • Sleeves: Put your sleeves upside down on the ironing board. Ironing is done from the middle of the sleeve to the cuffs and in opposite sequence to the armhole seam.
    • The button placket: The shirt is placed from the left and the back of the button placket ironed. Buttons on the front of the shirt must not be ironed over.
    • The front side: The button panel is pulled further onto the ironing board so that the entire front of the shirt lies on top. Thereafter, all still unchecked areas are treated.
    • The back: Last, apply the shirt on your back. Iron all the unchecked back areas: still the lateral parts remain in the area of ​​the seam, which borders on the front of the shirt.

    Cleaning the soleplate

    Stainless steel soleplates are quite resistant, yet they need a little care. An inexpensive way to clean them is spraying the oven spray on the still-warm iron sole. After an exposure time of about 60 minutes, it is followed by a clear water wash.

    Coated soleplates, ceramic or Teflon soles, and other lubricious coatings are resistant to strong detergents and are often irreparably damaged. A recommended home remedy is eg a candle stump wound into a cloth. Brush the hot sole with it a few times and then remove the wax residue by ironing over old cloths.

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