How to get wrinkles out of clothes with steam

Updated February 21, 2017

Wrinkled clothes make their wearer look dishevelled and unkempt. Removing wrinkles from clothing is easiest with an iron, but if you do not have one, you can take the wrinkles out with steam. Garment steamers direct the steam at the wrinkles, but are expensive and difficult to take with you when travelling. Other options are available for removing wrinkles with steam.

Fill the reservoir of the garment steamer with water and insert it back into the steamer body.

Hang the clothing item up on the steamer rack, or from a door frame or door knob.

Plug in the steamer and turn it on. Wait five minutes for the steamer to heat up, and for steam to begin coming out of the steam head.

Hold the steam head against the clothing item gently until the wrinkles in that part of the clothing are gone. Move the steam head to the next wrinkled area and hold it up against the fabric lightly. Repeat until all the wrinkles are gone.

Put the piece of clothing in the clothes dryer with a damp towel.

Turn the dryer on high for 10 minutes. The heat from the dryer will cause the damp towel to let off steam, releasing the wrinkles in the clothing.

Hang the clothing up in the bathroom, as close to the shower as possible.

Turn on the shower to the hottest setting. Close the door and wait 10 minutes. The steam from the shower will cause the wrinkles in the fabric to release.

Things You'll Need

  • Garment steamer
  • Water
  • Damp towel
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