Wouldn’t it be nice if your clothes were flat, smooth and wrinkle-free as soon as you removed them from the washing machine? Wouldn’t it be nice to know your sheets and clothes have run through laundry cycles that have eliminated common allergens? We all can dream – or invest in a steam washer.
Today, many state-of-the-art washing machines are equipped with innovative steam technology. These high-tech appliances have water and steam work together to combat pesky stains, odors and deep wrinkles in all kinds of fabric. Not only are they able to deep-clean clothes better than just any old washer and dryer, but steam products also have a sleek, futuristic look that can instantly update any laundry room.
Have these steamy details piqued your interest? Here are a few more reasons that will make you consider switching out your old machine for a new steam washer.
How do steam washers work?
To understand how steam washers work, you need to break down the wash cycle. As water flows into the tub during the pre-wash stage, the steam works with the water to thoroughly wet the clothes. Then, the steam warms the temperature of the water as the wash begins. When the temperature increases, it helps dissolve the detergent, making it easier to spread across the clothes and get deep into the fabric. Once the bulk of the wash cycle is completed, more steam is released into the washer tub, increasing the temperature so it sterilizes the clothes. Then, the steam softens the fabric, eliminating deep wrinkles in the process.
Do steam washers really reduce wrinkles?
It may seem too good to be true, but using steam in the washing machine can lessen the appearance of wrinkles in clothes. When fabrics get hot and wet, their properties change, making them more susceptible to wrinkles because of how hard and stiff they become. The post-wash steam phase is essential for reducing those wrinkles, because as the steam penetrates the fabric, it counteracts the hardening. There’s no doubt that you’ll be spending less time in front of the ironing board when you have a steam washer.
Do all steam washers work the same way?
While most steam washers work in similar ways, there is one major difference between some models. Some washers heat the water in the tub to create the steam, while others are equipped with specially designed generators that use a separate compartment to convert the water into steam. Once the steam is produced, it’s sent to the tub through a tube attached to a nozzle.
What are the best steam washers?
There are plenty of steam washing machines on the market, but many homeowners swear by the LG SteamWasher, which features nine cycle options and five temperature levels. This unit also has equal stain-removing results, no matter what size of the load. However, the best feature of the LG SteamWasher is its allergen-reducing system. The specially designed special Allergiene cycle, which is certified by the the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, eliminates up to 95 percent of the common household allergens that cling to clothes, such as pet dander and dust mites. The washer is able to combat these allergens because it heats the water to a high enough temperature. The LG SteamWasher is the only model on the market that can effectively rinse away allergens, providing homeowners with allergies some relief from their symptoms. The machine’s power to cut down on pet dander makes it the washer of choice for pet owners. Plus, at 4.2 cubic feet, the LG SteamWasher is also the largest washing machine model on the market. As a result, you’ll be able to wash more clothes at once yet iron less.
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