Irons

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If you care about how you look in public and want your outfit to look presentable, you have to smooth out those wrinkles that appear after your clothes have been washed or squashed into the back of the wardrobe. Plus you can only buy so many wrinkle-free outfits! So in order to smooth out those wrinkles and creases for smooth and clean clothes you can use an iron or alternatively a dry cleaner - which can be cost prohibitive. Irons may seem easy to shop for, but there are a few features you should read about before purchasing one. Take for example the weight or the extra features, and some cheaper models don't have safety features that you may need. So read on and find out what to look for when buying an iron.

Irons have evolved and now come with a plethora of features to make ironing so much faster and easier. In the past irons used to be a basic handheld hot plate with a water nozzle to wet and heat the fabric to remove the wrinkles. Irons today come in all different shapes and sizes with so many features that you would normally take for granted.

The types of irons available

Dry iron: This is the simplest of all irons and the most traditional. By simply plugging it in, it is ready to go with no other features besides being able to adjust the temperature setting.

Spray Iron: This is the same as the dry iron but with a spray feature at the front that releases a fine mist of water onto the fabric. The added spray function is good to use on stubborn wrinkles.

Steam Iron: Similar to a dry iron but with a steam feature that releases steam through nozzles in the soleplate while ironing. This type of iron has a water reservoir that will need to be filled in order to generate steam. Steam is much more effective and easier in removing wrinkles.

Steam/Spray/Shot Iron: A combination of all the irons listed above but with a steam shot feature where the iron emits a powerful shot of steam from the nozzles in the soleplate at the press of a button. The shot feature can be used in either the vertical or horizontal position. This makes it a lot easier to iron out wrinkles from tough material such as denim.

Steam Generator Iron (professional iron): This type of iron specialises in providing constant steam output and is used by professionals. The steam generator is made of two separate parts: the iron and the base unit. The base unit contains a dedicated large water reservoir and/or boiler which constantly converts the water into steam. The advantage of a steam generator iron is that it can produce steam irregardless of the soleplate temperature whereas standard irons can only produce steam on certain temperature settings. This type of iron is suited to those who do a lot of ironing.

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