When it comes to household chores, ironing is definitely NOT one of my favorites. I often find myself tossing laundry back in the dryer a second and sometimes a third time just to avoid getting the iron and board out.
Sure I could take them to the professional cleaners but I’m not made of money and don’t want to be “taken to the cleaners”, if you know what I mean. hahaa! And so, I do it myself… well, on occasion.
For me, waiting for the iron to heat up, and going through the whole process just takes way too much of my time — something I’m limited on most days. So, I take other steps that more than likely cost me in the long run — cost US in the long run. Sorry hubby!
Conair® recently contacted me about a new product they wanted me to try, and when I learned it was the ExtremeSteam™ Professional Hand Held Garment Steamer I jumped at the chance. This is one kind of product I’ve been contemplating purchasing anyway so it was great timing.
The ExtremeSteam Professional hand held garment steamer is said to heat up faster (in just 60 seconds) and get 30% hotter than competitive steamers so you can remove wrinkles 5 times faster. Well, let’s just see about that!
The first thing I noticed about the ExtremeSteam is it’s size. It’s perfect for at-home jobs but also portable enough to fit inside your luggage so you can take it with you on trips. PLUS, it’s lightweight so no heavy, bulky awkwardness going on there when in use.
First things first… read the instructions, including that about safety. Anytime you’re working with steam, you definitely want to pay attention and follow directions because otherwise you can experience severe injuries/burns. We certainly don’t want that!
To use the ExtremeSteam steamer, first remove the water reservoir from the front of the handle, pull out the rubber inlet cover and fill the reservoir with water up to the top. Then replace the cover and reattach the reservoir.
Plug the unit in and you’ll notice a red light emitting from the top portion of the steamer. This lets you know the product is working. After allowing it to heat up for one to two minutes you should notice that a green light appears — it’s now ready to use.
For my first test I chose a silk blouse, polyester skirt, one of hubby’s cotton t-shirts and a pair of Gina’s denim shorts. This gave me a variety of fabrics to work with.
Silk Blouse BEFORE…
Silk Blouse AFTER…
Next I tried hubby’s cotton t-shirt. He always complains about how his t-shirts are wrinkled even after being ran through the dryer (a few times– shh!) so I wanted to see just how well the ExtremeSteam steamer would work. Let’s see…
Hubby’s t-shirt BEFORE & AFTER…
This is after just a quick run!
Now denim is one fabric that I find to be a real pain when it comes to ironing. It’s thick and heavy and just plain stubborn. Let’s see how those wrinkles react…
Gina’s denim shorts BEFORE & AFTER…
After less than a minute of ExtremeSteam and they’re virtually gone!
And one last garment, my polyester maxi skirt with full side slits. Now I’m really picky about my dress clothes and although I was a bit worried about damaging the fabric, I gave it a shot. Let’s see how it turned out…
Maxi skirt BEFORE & AFTER…
It’s harder to tell with the dark background but my skirt was really covered in wrinkles from hanging in my closet (draped over a hanger). But now it’s super smooth and wrinkle-free.
The great thing about it, besides the fact that my clothes no longer have wrinkles, is that it doesn’t take long at all to get through each garment. The ExtremeSteam starts to work immediately as soon as that steam hits the fabric and when using the locking “constant heat” switch you can zip around your articles of clothing without even squeezing the trigger.
I’m really loving the ExtremeSteam… so much so that I’ve been going through my home in search of anything and everything that’s wrinkled just so I have an excuse to get the steamer out and use it. It’s actually quite fun! hahaa.
My items go from looking like they’ve been all rolled up into a ball for months (that’s really the case when it comes to my kids’ clothes) to smooth and flat in no time. And it doesn’t require a large table or board either. You can steam your way to smooth while your garments are hanging on their hangers. PLUS you can use them on your drapes (which I’ve done) and yes it works!
Lots of steam!
Something else I really love is that the ExtremeSteam steamer will kill dust mites and bed bugs (not that we have a problem with the bed buggers). But my son, Derek, and I have allergies so this feature is a HUGE plus. BYE, BYE dust bunnies!!!
The attachments work great as well. As you know we have 3 furbabies in our home and that hair can be really annoying. Wearing black clothing out in public is really embarrassing because along with it comes kitty and puppy’s fur. Eek! So NOT attractive. But doing a quick run over those garments with ExtremeSteam and the brush attachment really works well at getting that hair (even lint) GONE.
The Conair ExtremeSteam Professional Hand Held Garment Steamer is sold at most major national and regional retailers around the U.S. as well as online at www.conair.com. The average retail price is $49.99.
If you’re a busy working mom like me and don’t have the time for that old iron, or the money to pay those professionals, I highly recommend the ExtremeSteam steamer. It’s affordable, portable, multi-functional and IT WORKS! Check it out.
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