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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Philips Sale 2010 - Garment Steamer GC520: How to use and the effects

Today I wanted to post the pictures of how my new garment steamer works.

It was really difficult to take video and hence I succumb to pictures instead. You just cannot steam and hold the camera! As easy to take as it is to take pictures or videos, it is simply too tough to use my S602Z 

Here is my 800 ml of water. I did not get 1,000ml as I was afraid it will spill.

 

I checked the water release outlet first just to ensure I know how to open it. I thought I had to press it down to get it to move but after reading the instruction, turned out I have to turn it in an anti-clockwise direction to get it to be released. Why don't they put the directional arrows on the part?

 

As you can see, the stopper can be pulled out. But only just that, you cannot un-hook it from the steamer itself.


Then I turned it back.

 

I tried to take pictures of the steam effect, with the big and small steam setting. But it did not come out well. Actually you can really see the effect in person but not in the pictures.

These pictures are with the big steam setting:


 

And then I adjusted to the small steam setting and you can barely see the steam. But as you can see, the steam cord was not really straight. But at the sales yesterday it was really strong!

 

Then I started ironing at 12.51pm after turning back to the srong setting.



The steamer actually took less than the 2 minutes it said it will get to start steaming.

And the Glove that came with it really proved useful. Please get this instead of the GC510. 

Anyway, I was trying to pour water into it and then as you can see, the clothes were steamed.

What I found was that cotton material gets the best effect and if you have clothes that are not cotton, well, please don't get this!

The clothes are also not done perfectly maybe because I don't have the skill or it could be that the amount of water did not meet the minimum requirement. The 800 ml of water that I poured in, lasted for only like thoat 15minutes. I started at 12.51pm and finished at 1.14pm.

These are the Before effects...
A white cotton skirt, and my gray polyester dress.
 

A zoomed out view.



The clothes were quite okay after the steaming but I feel have the same effect when I just hang my clothes straight out of the dryer. But it does wonderfully well with the cotton top (printed beige top) and also the brown silk top. Other than that, the polyester-cotton mix was still quite crumbled. 



This is the Before effect

And after steaming half of the shirt, you can see the obvious difference.

This is the brown silk top I was talking about.


And you can see the effect on the white skirt wasn't really good too. Still can see a few crease though when I wear it, it won't be obvious.




The whole effect was rather tiring actually because in order to get the full steam effect, you need to let the steam cord remain straight. I am not used to raising my arms and it was really tiring.

As for the gray dress, because it is made of polyester, the effect isn't that great. 
You can see still the crease or maybe it was my technique. In the end, I still use a normal ironing board (but with another Philips Steam Iron) to finish the job.



The handle also gets abit hot and if you are not used to cooking, I would say that it is not comfortable to hold. But the size is okay.

The setup does not have any racks and fortunately I have my horizontal bar and this is really a must-have. If you do not have the bar, I suggest not getting one. Because you do need to move the clothes (eg: pull it straight) when holding the steamer. It is a 2 hands job. If the clothes are not mobile (meaning you cannot turn the clothes) then it will get very awkward to steam.

As an experienced ironing board user, I would say it take sometime to steam your clothes. I had spent like the first 10minutes learning how to use it to a good effect. Initially I was moving the steamer too fast and later I realized that you should do it slowly to get the fabric warmed by the steam. So, yes, steaming fabrics is faster than ironing but only for cotton materials. And yes, you get to train your arm muscles too. And not to forget, it is not as tiring as board ironing as you really don’t sweat! It is not hot at all!



As you can see, the temperature remains throughout at 29.5 degree Celsius. So there isn't much heat generated. though the clock was placed next to it. It is really thoroughly insulated!

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5 comments:

  1. Are you still using your garment steamer or do you revert back to the conventional ironing?

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  2. For people who travel and still want to look presentable, a garment steamer is a must. Have a garment that is wrinkled from being stuck in a suitcase for the last few hours? Carrying several garment bags or a garment rail for hanging them isn’t very practical when you are constantly on the road, but many steamers are small and can be packed in your luggage.

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  3. This clothes Steamer from Bizarkdeal is an awesome device to keep around and use to clean anything you can think of in your house! It truly is professional quality steaming too and is very simple to use. Just fill it up and make sure it's plugged in and you're ready to go...couldn't be any easier. I've used it on a ton of different clothes so far and all the curtains in my house...they have come out better than I could have expected. Very happy with this! Make sure you get one as soon as you can. A+

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  4. Is it your first time using the steamer? I think you might benefit more from a more powerful steamer than this especially if you plan to use it for different kinds of garments.

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