I never iron my clothes, I always feel there are better ways I could be spending my time! I’d rather live my life in creased clothes than sit indoors for hours at an ironing board. The only time I rock out the iron is when I’m sewing. So when Tefal contacted me asking if I’d be up for reviewing a nifty new handheld steamer, I was excited (to a strangely unprecedented degree).
It’s super easy to set up. You just remove the water compartment at the back, fill with water (it holds 200ml), and slot it back in place until you hear a click. Then plug the steamer in and switch on. It only takes 45 seconds to heat up and you’re ready to go. There’s a handy lock switch so you don’t have to keep your finger on the trigger, which I found very useful for larger pieces of fabric. It comes with 2 attachments; a brush, which helps to open up and permeate into the weave of the fabric, and a steam cover.
So how did it work?
It wasn’t quite the miracle crease-buster I envisioned, it does take a bit of work, and I wasn’t able to get fabrics quite as crisp as I can by pressing with an iron. However, if you work with a lot of fabric, as I do, and need to get all the major creases out before working on a project, then it is very handy. I found it especially effective for large pieces of fabric, which I work with often for big canvases etc, which can be a nightmare to iron! It would also be great for when I’ve finished an art piece and need to crisp up the finished piece before stretching over a canvas.
This piece of fabric took minutes to steam, and you can see a definite improvement in the after picture – it was strangely satisfying to do as well!
This larger piece of fabric (a vintage bed sheet), which would be a nightmare to iron, worked pretty well, although it did take a while to do just the area you can see, and as the steamer is quite a hefty little thing, my arms really started to ache, and I needed to give my arms a rest before finishing the whole piece! But on the bright side, it’s a great little work out on the old bingo wings!
Overall, I was quite impressed with the Tefal steamer. For times when I need to press smaller pieces of fabric and need them to be crisp, I’ll stick to an iron and ironing board, but for quick fixes and prepping and finishing fabric for large art pieces, I would definitely use it again, I’ll also be using it regularly for ironing shirts and dresses (I think it would work really well on silk and light cotton garments in particular) because it’s definitely more fun than ironing!