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Le monsieur likes his button-front shirts. He’s a wear-em-once-and-wash-em kind of homme. A Domestic Goddess I am not, and as neither of us has time to iron shirts (especially as quickly as he goes through them), for years it’s been hi-ho, hi-ho, off to the cleaners they’d go for a wash and press. But lately those laundry elves must have developed a taste for Cristal and caviar, as the per-shirt price has almost tripled in the last year or so. We tried cheaper laundries, but the shirts came back with broken or missing buttons, and an overabundance of starch. Add in those “dry clean only” items that really don’t need to be cleaned, just pressed, and I was hitting the wall with the escalating and unnecessary costs.
Karen had recommended this Jiffy steamer a while back, and I finally succumbed to its industrial charms. It arrived this weekend, required a minimal amount of easy assembly, and within 20 minutes I was off and steaming a two-week pile of home-laundered shirts. The instructions say to let it heat up for a couple of minutes; I found it hit optimum steam after about 5 minutes.
I will say that if you demand razor sharp, stand-at-attention-crisp shirts, you will probably be underwhelmed. But if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make cotton shirts and other items you’d normally iron look presentable, it’s just the ticket. Once I got the hang of it, pressing a shirt with this steamer took under 2 minutes, probably about 1/3 the time it would take (me) to iron.
And as mentioned above, it’s great for those “dry clean” pieces that just need a little pressing to freshen. It’s easier on fabrics than ironing, leaves no iron sheen, and there’s no risk of scorching. It stores easily in a broom closet fully assembled, or you could probably take the rack apart to store in a smaller space. With what we’ll save on cleaning costs, I anticipate I’ll recoup the cost within a couple of months.
How to you handle pressing clothes? Do you iron, steam, or buy only “no iron” clothing?
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