When it comes to steam irons, many people have misconceptions in their minds. That apparently, the most expensive ones are those that perform best. For some people, expensive steam irons mean no leaks, quick heating, and light. Nevertheless, that isn’t always the case. When purchasing a steam iron, you’ll find that price tag doesn’t matter as long as the iron does what it’s supposed to do and lasts a long time.
You can check out Smooth Wares for reviews on some of the best steam irons available in the market today. However, as a head’s up, it would be a good idea to familiarize some common problems related to steam irons. Here are some of them:
- Leaky water tank
You could be in line for all sorts of problems when the water tank of your steam iron isn’t airtight. Improperly sealed water tanks lead to water leaks and drips that would seep into the fabric you’re ironing or even on the ironing board. When that happens, the probability of electrocution is high. Of course, you can always handle this problem by not using the built-in water tank and instead using a separate spray bottle. What’s the point, though, of buying a steam iron with a built-in water tank, right? Hence, when purchasing one, make sure the water tank is airtight and leak-proof.
- Faulty temperature control
Irons, whether steam or not, have varied temperature control since various fabrics react differently to heat. The problem arises when you place the temperature control on a particular setting (say, low heat) and when you aim it on the fabric, it burns or “melts” because the iron is actually spewing out high heat. Unsatisfactory temperature is a common problem for steam irons, as well as a broken thermostat.
- Steam overload
Sometimes, the moisture control of a steam iron is faulty; thus, when you trigger the control, a giant blast of steam comes out of it. As a result, portions of the piece you’re ironing will get wet again. On the other hand, for quilters who are known heavy users of steam iron, uncontrolled blasts of steam could prove to be disastrous as these can warp fabric or even distort patterns.
- Iron is too heavy
You only want to remove wrinkles and creases in your clothes, not give yourself tendonitis. Hence, the last thing you want is a steam iron that weighs too much. In fact, an iron, whether steam or ordinary, should be weighed just enough so you can glide it easily on all types of fabric, yet still be able to smooth out wrinkles and creases. Test the weight of the iron when you purchase one. Keep in mind that it should be a tad hefty but at the same time lightweight so as not to hurt your wrist as you iron clothes.
These are some of the common problems associated with steam irons. When you purchase one, make sure none of these is present in the piece you’ll buy. Most importantly, make sure the steam iron is loaded with features that would suit your needs well.