Soft Water vs Distilled Water – What is the Difference?
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Soft Water vs Distilled Water – What is the Difference?

Is soft water distilled water? This is one of the questions most people are not able to answer due to the close similarities between these two types of water. Water softening and distillation processes involve the removal of minerals to make the water safer to use. So, what’s the difference between soft water vs distilled…

How to Make Distilled Water at Home
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How to Make Distilled Water at Home

I’m always harping on about the importance of using distilled water in your steam cleaner, clothing steamer, humidifier, or any other steam generating device. The need to use distilled water is often hidden in product manuals, taking users by surprise after they’ve bought their steamer. If you struggle to get distilled water in your area,…

Best Substitute for Distilled Water
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Best Substitute for Distilled Water

Most people prefer using tap water in their steam cleaner or clothing steamer, after all, it’s quick and simple. The problem with this is that unfiltered tap water contains over 2000 tiny contaminants. Some of these contaminants may include bacteria, protozoa, viruses, chemical pollutants, heavy metals, and microplastics among other impurities. There are different water…

Can You Use a Clothes Steamer to Remove Wallpaper?
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Can You Use a Clothes Steamer to Remove Wallpaper?

Removing wallpaper is a challenging task that requires attention to detail if you don’t want to be left with a messy wall. When evaluating the different wallpaper removal methods, you might be wondering, can you use a clothes steamer to remove wallpaper? You can, but it will be slower than using a wallpaper steamer.  A…

Can a Clothes Steamer Kill Dust Mites?
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Can a Clothes Steamer Kill Dust Mites?

Dust mites are microscopic organisms that typically feed on dead skin from pets or humans. They can cause hay fever, asthma, eczema, and allergic rhinitis in sensitive individuals. I am frequently asked can a clothes steamer kills dust mites, and I am pleased to answer yes.  A clothes steamer kills dust mites because it penetrates…

Can You Use a Clothes Steamer on Your Face? (Risks vs Benefits – and Why It’s Not a Good Idea)
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Can You Use a Clothes Steamer on Your Face? (Risks vs Benefits – and Why It’s Not a Good Idea)

A facial is a luxury not everyone can afford, so do it yourself facials are becoming increasingly popular. Using steam as part of your facial has many benefits, such as opening up your pores and deeply cleansing and hydrating your skin. From teenagers to mature women, most skin types will benefit from steam as part…

Can Steam Cause a Smoke Alarm to Go Off?
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Can Steam Cause a Smoke Alarm to Go Off?

You are steaming your clothes, cooking your dinner, or running your humidifier, and the smoke alarm sounds. Why does this happen? Can steam cause a smoke alarm to go off? Sometimes, yes.  About Smoke Alarms There are two types of smoke alarms. Light-based and ionization-based. Smoke alarms are tuned to look for the dark sooty…

Does Steaming Shrink Clothes?

Does Steaming Shrink Clothes?

Steamers relax fibers in clothes and if anything, helps clothes that have shrunk in the wash expand back to normal sizing. This doesn’t work with all types of textiles but works really well on cotton elastane shirts, and other cotton blend fabrics.  So to the question, does steaming shrink clothes, the answer is not really. It’s not the steam itself that could cause shrinkage to your clothes,…

Can I Use Tap Water in My Steamer?
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Can I Use Tap Water in My Steamer?

Steamers are appealing for chemical free cleaning using only water. You might be asking yourself, can I use tap water in my steamer? You can, but you shouldn’t. Here’s why. Tap water should be used with caution in steamers. Distilled water is the best choice. The minerals in tap water cause build up inside your…

Can You Bring a Clothes Steamer on a Cruise Ship?

Can You Bring a Clothes Steamer on a Cruise Ship?

As the world reopens post pandemic, we are starting to plan our getaways and holidays again. Cruising is such a popular and affordable way to travel. You might be wondering, “Can you bring a clothes steamer on a cruise ship?” Unfortunately, most cruise liners have firm policies on bringing any devices with heating elements on…

Steaming a Jacket | Down, Leather & Everything in Between

Steaming a Jacket | Down, Leather & Everything in Between

One of the most frequently asked questions about specific clothing pieces is whether you can use a clothing steamer on them. I often get asked “Are clothes steamers good for jackets?” and the answer really depends on the type of fabric. Therefore, in this blog post, I’ll cover the most common jacket and coat fabrics…