How do you think they get everything looking so fabulous for catwalk shows? With this year’s must-have fashion accessory – a fabric steamer. Fridja’s designs look a little like a Henry the Hoover and come in every colour from baby blue to hot pink. They’re very handy. If you’re wondering how you could use one, here’s10 things you could try…
[Top image: Bloomsbury collection by Ashley Wilde]
Use it for dry cleaning at home
Ever calculated the cost-per-wear on an outfit only to realise it’s dry clean only? Ouch! A steamer won’t remove stubborn stains, but it will freshen up an outfit enough to wear again, once, twice, three, even four times.
[Below image: Fridja garment steamer]
Look after delicate garments
How about those clothes that look great in the shop, make you want to do twirls when you try them on, and then you get them home and realise you’re terrified to wash them because they’re so delicate? You can steam away creases and odours without fear of damaging embellishments, sequins, prints or beads – perfect for everything from maxi dresses to wedding dresses.
Try them on curtains
When was the last time you took your curtains to the dry cleaners? Be honest. It’s easy to clean them at home by steaming them in place! No more excuses!
Keep bed linen looking fresh
Life’s too short for ironing bed linen, but there are occasions (when certain visitors stay) when it would be nice if it looked a little less crumpled. With a Fridja steamer you can make up the bed and then steam the bedding in situ. You can also use the upholstery attachment to freshen up the mattress. That should satisfy even the most demanding house guest. Just don’t forget fresh flowers!
Get your shirts ready
It’s Sunday night, you’re just settling down to tea and TV, when you realise you haven’t done your ironing for Monday morning. Panic not, help is at hand. Simply hang your shirts on the supplied hanger and steam away the creases like a pro. You’ll be back on the sofa in no time.
Keep your trousers pristine
Who invented trousers with a crease down the front? Is it even possible to iron them without getting the dreaded double crease? The Fridja trouser clasp attaches the steamer to the trouser leg, so you can steam up and down along the crease without any fuss.
Get kid’s clothes sorted
Full size irons just weren’t designed for fiddly little children’s clothes, but if you want them looking their best for a visit to Grandma’s, crease-free they need to be. Keeping school uniforms crease free is a doddle with a steamer, particularly on items such as a girl’s pleated skirt.
Ensure jackets look good
Jackets and coats all look better after a quick steam. Get your smart coat looking even smarter, without an ironing board or a dry cleaner in sight. Better for the fabric and better for your pocket.
Freshen up all type of clothing
Ever tried ironing a sari? No, me either, but I can imagine I’d be in knots in seconds. They are often very large and have lots of embellishments so ironing them can be an absolute nightmare. With a steamer, you can go over any embellishments without the fear of damaging them, and you can lay the whole sari out an on a bed and steam it that way. Phew!
Look after upholstery
And don’t think steaming is limited to clothing and bedding. You can freshen up your sofas, your chair covers and even your cushions with the upholstery attachment that comes with the steamer.
[Image above: Fabrics from the Bloomsbury collection by Ashley Wilde]
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Katie Treggiden, Guest Editor
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