Are you worried about your delicate clothes getting damaged by the steam?
Yes, this may be an issue you face!
Cotton and other hard-wearing fabrics go best with a steam iron. You may prefer using a steam iron over such clothes as the steam straightens the threads of cloth faster than dry heat. However, silk and other delicate fabrics can't withstand the hot steam.
Reasons to use a steam iron as a dry iron:
- Certain fabrics, like satin and silk, can't stand the hot steam and the fibers may break.
- Many others may transfer their dye onto the iron board cover, so their colour gets faded.
- The iron-on patches are transferred on the fabrics with a dry iron.
- Some ironing works may be best done with a flat soleplate which has no holes.
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A steamy hot iron can serve dual-purpose in these ways:
It has a dry/steam setting, a steam shut-off option or anything like that.
If it does not have any such option, then turn the steam level to MIN or minimum. Press your clothes with the dry heat.
If none is the case, then unplug and cool your steam iron and empty the water tank. Clean the soleplate with a lint-free cloth and use it as a dry iron.
Follow these simple steps to use your steam iron as a dry one:
Wash your clothes before ironing them. If you iron a stained cloth, the stain may get permanent and very stubborn. Oil, dirt or any other staining material can also stick and damage the soleplate.
Turn the steaming option off by pushing the OFF button or move the switch towards the DRY setting. You can consult the user manual as well. If no such option is available, do as the following step says.
If your steam iron lacks this feature, then turn the dial at the lowest steam level indicated as MIN or minimum. No steam is generated at this point. If this setting is not available, then follow the next step.
Empty the water reservoir of your steam iron. Wipe the surface of the soleplate with a microfiber cloth to get rid of any leftover water.
Prepare your iron by plugging it in and letting it get hot.
Set the temperature level according to the type of fabric you want to press. As you have applied any one of the above three steps, your steam iron will produce dry heat and no steam!
Drape your clothes over the ironing board or the countertop you use for ironing. Use an ironing board cover over the board, if not use some thick and hard-wearing cloth instead.
The iron-on patches can be done by the dry heat your steam iron is producing. Place the motif onto the cloth as the desired place and press it with an iron.
Once your iron reaches the desired heat level, start ironing your clothes. A green or red light turn on indicated that the required heat level is reached. In some others, the light or the iron may turn off when it reaches that temperature.
Finally, when you are done with your clothes, turn off and unplug the iron.
If you are satisfied with your dry iron and a water spray, why bother buying an expensive steam iron?
Yes, it's up to you. If you don't have projects that require steam iron, then you need not buy one. For the daily casual ironing, a dry iron pairs well with a water spray!
When a steam iron can do what a dry iron does, why bother buying a dry iron?
Of course! If you own a steam iron, then you don't have to pay for a dry iron. It can serve both purposes.