To make a cloth more beautiful and crease free ironing is very important. Ironing is a fundamental part for taking care of clothes that smoothen out wrinkles created by washing machine and makes attire trashy and gaudy. As compared to a normal iron, a steam iron is fast and effective. It has now become very popular in the market. The steam in the iron perfectly smoothen out the wrinkles and folded lines in a cloth. There are different kinds of tanks inside the iron such as 2.5 liters, 0.5 liters and 1 liter, which gets heated and sprays of steams on the cloth for effective ironing.
How to Use Steam Iron:
Steam tanks are removable and easy to clean. Depending on the kind of fabric, steam can be turned on and off. As lighter fabrics such as silk, sateen, etc do not require spray while heavy fabric such as cotton, khadi, etc requires spray. The steam iron is designed to be safe and drop free. Moreover, one can adjust the temperature up or down while ironing clothes that are suitable for preferred temperature. The steam iron turned off automatically when the temperature reaches at a certain point. This is why there is no fear of overheating or burning the fabric and struggle to press. The iron becomes usable for at least 40 minutes if the water is heated for 4 minutes.
Different Steam Iron:
Depending on the brand, a steam iron generates heat of approximately 50 to 60grams in a minute. It has a cord of 1.7 meters that connect to the iron. The embedded sole plate of the iron retains its heat for a long time. It generally uses 2000watts of power. While some brands offer five different heating positions, some provide scale free irons to ensure the flawless condition of the cloth. To keep the sole scale free a new anti scale system is now available in the market. Moreover, some iron has a self-cleaning mechanism, and a good iron weighs 1.15kgs that is not very burdensome for a user.
How to Choose Steam Iron:
People always think that there is no complication in choosing the right iron. However, there are some trivial thing that people often overlook by seeing the design and brand of an iron. One must remember that not all the brands provide details of a product; this is why you should always check for all the details. Wattage is the most important aspect of a steam iron. While average brands provide around 1700-2300 watts, the best performance is of the one that offers 2400-2750 watts.
Apart from wattage, sole plate is another important thing to consider. Sole plate is usually made from stainless steel or aluminum, however, sometime titanium (non-stick surface), ceramic (smooth glide) and platinum coating (self-cleaning) are also used. The quality of an iron depends on the size, number and arrangements of the steam holes and the absence or availability of guiding holes. Another important part of an iron is the water reservoir that normally has the capacity of 300 ml, and some models even have 425ml reservoirs. Most of the modern iron offers constant steam that produces 20 to 35 grams of steam per minute. However, some advanced steam iron generate up to 50 grams of steam per minute.
Some other functionality that is worth mentioning are steam burst, vertical steam, steam ionization, variable steam gauge, anti-calcium system, anti-drip function and temperature control, automatic shut down, spray, handle, power cord, weight, etc.
Philips 2400-Watt Steam Iron:
Philips 2400-Watt Steam Iron, is a combination of look and performance that smoothen out all the creases in attire. It has a 200grams steam boost and offers automatic on and off feature if not used in 10 minutes. It base is scratch resistant because of its SteamGlide sole plate that glides effortlessly while ironing a cloth. With a weight of 1.6kg, it has an outstanding power of 2400 Wattage.