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Karen had recommended this Jiffy steamer a while back, and I finally succumbed to its industrial charms. It arrived this weekend, required a minimal amount of easy assembly, and within 20 minutes I was off and steaming a two-week pile of home-laundered shirts. The instructions say to let it heat up for a couple of minutes; I found it hit optimum steam after about 5 minutes.
I will say that if you demand razor sharp, stand-at-attention-crisp shirts, you will probably be underwhelmed. But if you're looking for a quick and easy way to make cotton shirts and other items you'd normally iron look presentable, it's just the ticket. Once I got the hang of it, pressing a shirt with this steamer took under 2 minutes, probably about 1/3 the time it would take (me) to iron.
And as mentioned above, it's great for those "dry clean" pieces that just need a little pressing to freshen. It's easier on fabrics than ironing, leaves no iron sheen, and there's no risk of scorching. It stores easily in a broom closet fully assembled, or you could probably take the rack apart to store in a smaller space. With what we'll save on cleaning costs, I anticipate I'll recoup the cost within a couple of months.
How to you handle pressing clothes? Do you iron, steam, or buy only "no iron" clothing?