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No more ironing ! It's time to steam….

The vertical steamer - the steam brush:

The steam brush has long been used by professionals in the world of fashion and Haute Couture before displaying items for sale or runway shows with perfectly steamed collections... without wrinkles from packing, transportation or handling.

Its operating principle is simple. Apply steam at a temperature of 100°C directly to the fabric, even the most delicate fabrics, to remove wrinkles and return its natural beauty without any risk of shininess or felting.

Steaming v. Ironing :

  • Ironing:

The goal of ironing is to put the fabric between an iron and an ironing board, wetting it with steam and heating it with the bottom of the iron. So there are no constraints placed on the fabric: 1) A thermal constrain: if the temperature helps eliminate wrinkles, it needs to be moderate (between 90°C and 140°C). An iron that is too hot (reaching 240°C!) tends to burn the surface of the fabric. Often invisible to the naked eye, this change contributes to premature ageing. 2) A mechanical constraint: the weight of the iron and the rubbing caused by the pressing and wear of the fibre lead to a non-elastic deformation (it does not return to its natural state) These two phenomenon slowly destroy your fabrics and lead to deformations and changes in appearance: loss of elasticity, permanent wrinkles, shininess, felting, etc.

  • Vertical Steaming :

If the goal is the same: the method is different. No ironing board, no high temperature, no crushing. The work is done vertically, the clothing often being placed on a belt or between runners. A gentle tension is applied to the fabric with the free hand and the steam is applied directly to the fabric. The natural beauty of the fibre is restored with the steam and clothing returns to its original appearance... without any stress to its surface.

This simple method is particularly adapted to modern fabrics, often composed of a mix of natural and synthetic fabrics. The synthetic fibres are very sensitive to heat and do not do well with traditional ironing even though they are supposed to be easy to maintain and look nice. The steam iron is a tool that preserves the appearance of the fabrics by maintaining the integrity of synthetic fibres.

The Gecko Steamer G400:

This next generation of steam breaches was especially designed to meet household use needs. If a professional steams new clothes, that have never been worn or washed, at home: this is another story and the steamer needs to adapt.

Salamandres designed the Gecko Steamer G400, a High Pressure steamer to meet this specific category of use and for all types of materials.

The steam power (4 bars) penetrates the heart of the thickest materials.

Its ergonomic iron with a limited temperature of 130°C preserves the integrity of the fabrics.

With all accessories, it adapts to the type of fabric.

Easy to use by the entire family

Compact so it doesn't take up much space

How does the steamer work?

Even if the fabrics leave the packaging plant in perfect condition, creases formed in the packaging and during transportation are inevitable. To ensure a perfect look in the display window or on the rack, the steamer is the perfect tool to remove creases without ruining the fabric, even the most delicate and fragile fabrics. The vertical steamer is easy to use and quickly removes wrinkles from clothing and other fabrics.

What is the difference between steaming and ironing?

The steam brush or vertical clothes steamer is an appliance for removing wrinkles from fabrics and very often from garments. In addition, the clothes steamer appliance is sometimes used for cleaning and deodorising textile materials.

The mode of operation of the steam brush is relatively simple: it diffuses steam through the fabric without causing overheating of the material or crushing, unlike irons.

The use of clothes steamer, also called garment steamer or steamer, is found primarily in professional activities related to the creation and sale of garments. The steamer is used here to remove the folds due to handling, fittings, packaging and transport. In this case, the professional steamer is one that works at a low pressure with steam output around 30-40 gr/min at a temperature of about 100 °C. . While these products facilitate the smoothing, one must avoid the use of a conventional steam press that marks the fabric with the pattern of a too hot ironing pad that burns off the surface treatment. While these products facilitate the smoothing, one must avoid the use of a conventional steam press that marks the fabric with the pattern of a too hot ironing pad that burns off the surface treatment. This product disappears during washing and the risk is removed.

The widespread use of steamers in shops selling ready-to-wear clothes has not escaped the notice of customers visiting such outlets. Today, the use of clothes steamer is also extending to households and has become an alternative solution for ironing: no ironing board, ease of use, speed of work, small footprint, etc..…. However, it is important to choose the right steamer, based on its planned use in the house During domestic use, the textiles are used, washed, dried, folded, etc. The wrinkles are therefore more pronounced and in greater number.

There are three types of clothes steamers suitable for domestic use:

  • > mobile or travel steamer :

Compact and lightweight, low autonomy, it is ideal for small daily steam brushing or to carry while travelling for removing the wrinkles due to packing the clothes in suitcases.

  • > the conventional or "low pressure" steamer:

directly derived from the professional model, this steamer can find only limited use in a domestic context. In fact, the low pressure steamer is used for smoothing the folds of textiles or clothing that are not suited for traditional ironing: wool, silk, satin, fleece, synthetic fabrics, curtains, velvet, etc. The steamer will then be a complementary product to the steam press or iron, because it is not powerful enough to handle thick materials like cotton.

  • > the high pressure steamer:

This vertical steamer is a new generation appliance that produces steam under pressure, like a steam press : 3.5 bars or 350KPa (for information: classic steam brush = 1 bar or 100KPa). Because of this, it expels steam much more powerfully and this steam is then able to penetrate the thickest materials. This steamer is equipped with an ergonomic, lightweight iron, specially designed for vertical use. This steam iron has a special feature, unlike the classic clothes steamer, it is heated, and its temperature is adjustable. The high pressure clothes steamer is designed to offer a modern solution adapted to the latest textiles. It is an alternative to conventional ironing.

The material necessary for steaming:

The vertical steamer or steam brush, is a device that produces hot water steam. There are two types of steam production: tank (a large amount of water is heated) and boiler (production of instant steam). The steamer is also a device that diffuses the steam produced and there are also two types of diffusion: low pressure (100 KPa) or high pressure (>100KPa). Based on the type of work to be done, one of the type of production and diffusion methods will be recommended based on the quality of steam necessary.

Application Sources of the Steamer

The steam brushes are used daily the world over: from the smallest shops to the large retail chains as well as theatres, museums, etc... Today, the steam brush works for synthetic micro fibres as well as the most valuable antique fabric.

The steam brush is an essential tool for a ready-to-wear shop.

Even if the fabrics are in perfect condition at the factory, creases formed during transportation are inevitable. A final touch with a steamer can allow the clothing to be draped and finished on site to perfection. The client then notices that the work was well done.

The curtain steamer is used daily at many hotels

The Fight Against Dust Mites. Every day, we become more and more sensitive due to allergies. Our steamer is an essential tool to fight against dust mites. Dust mites are found in many environments. The waste from certain species can also cause allergies for certain people. These species can live in human environments, taking refuge in the sheets, rugs, carpets and pillows. With a 100°C steam jet, they are literally destroyed.

Giving textiles a breath of fresh air with a single gesture. If you don't have time to get your jacket dry cleaned, a jet of steam will make all bad smells disappear. You can also get rid of tobacco smells.

Give new life to your fabrics. The steamer makes crushed fabrics look new, whether they are natural or synthetic.

A boon for our carpets. The steamer allows you to eliminate furniture indentations, shadows and inversions of the grain from your carpet.

Professional Steaming

It is easy to steam clothes thanks to the steamer. Professional constraints mean that steamers need to have certain features. The same steamer will not be used for a ready-to-wear collection as a wedding dress collection. The materials and fabrics used should be considered to make the right choice.

Safety during use of the steamer being a major challenge, the steamer must have certain options to guarantee its safety for users.

Properties of the Steamer

The water vapour or vapour is water in its gaseous state.

For water vapour, thermal agitation of water molecules is significant: they move in the same direction, separating from one another and in an apparently disorderly manner, defying the laws of gravity because the thermal energy that they have is sufficiently large to stop them from bonding and falling under the action of their weight.

This behaviour is typical of all gases. Water vapour is a normal gas.

Like all gases, water vapour can be compressed because the space between the molecules is sufficiently large to allow them to move toward one another: we say that they are compressible. Inversely, by giving it more space, it will use the entire volume by agitating the molecules that move everywhere possible: like all gases, water vapour is expandable.

Its temperature is higher than the boiling point for water so the steam from the diffuser of the vertical steamer is 100°C.

The steam hits the fabric and softens the fibres without causing residual humidity. You will notice that the steamer surface remains dry and the results are long-lasting.

Applications of Steamers

When they are not wrinkled, clothes in stores look better to customers. Steaming at a store optimizes staff productivity.

Customers are also impressed and excited when their future wedding dress is professionally steamed. In fact, that's why the domestic steamer market is booming.

The steamer is very easy to use.

Whatever the type of fabric, whether artificial or synthetic, the steam from the steamer breaks down the bond between the fabric's long polymer molecules. The heated molecules are straightened by the steam and take their new shape while cooling. Certain fabrics, like cotton, require water so that their molecular bounds do not break down.

Different Uses of Steamers

The sale of clothes. Many sales points (new and used) including bathing suits and lingerie. Also in wholesale sectors, manufacture, finishing and processing, sewing, knitting, umbrellas, uniforms and work clothes.

Rented wedding dresses and costumes. The steamer does a great job maintaining veils as well as coattails and evening dresses. The steaming technique is also used to remove wrinkles from wedding dresses.

Exhibitions and Displays. Steaming is very useful to exhibit and display your textile products and upholstery. It is also used for fashion shows. Steaming is regularly used on the fabric for ceremonial tents.

Films and Television. Vertical steaming is a very useful tool for the costumes for presenters and actors so they always look perfect. It can also be used for the sets and curtains. It is also an asset for wigs and special effects as well as on sets on site or on location.

Laundry and Dry Cleaning. The steamer is the perfect tool to manually finish wedding dresses and evening gowns, bed covers and comforters, curtains...

Upholstery. To maintain your curtains, drapes, padded and foam furniture, carpets and rugs, blinds, shades, silk flowers, storage areas, renovated furniture and tapestry, steaming is an indispensable tool.

Furniture and Furniture Upholstery. Steaming is perfect to maintain fixed and non-moveable covers. Restoring the grain, fabrics and revitalizing foam.

Carpets. Steaming carpets is the most efficient way to eliminate indentations caused by furniture, shade and inversion of the carpet's grain.

Hotels. Many hotels use steamers to maintain their clients' clothing, upholstery and bed covers, shower curtains, blinds, table clothes...

Museums and Theatres. Many museums, theatres and cultural sites use steamers to maintain their tapestry, costumes, wardrobes, curtains and furnishings or fancy clothes.

Household and Office Use. For your personal closet, curtains and upholstery, the steamer is very useful.