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Old 04-14-2013, 11:58 PM
 
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My college student has asked me to get him either a steamer, or an iron so he can use it on his dress shirts at school. He thinks a steamer will be faster and easier to use, but I'm wondering if they do a decent enough job on cotton shirts. He doesn't have to look super pressed, just less wrinkled.

The reviews I've read are mixed, one said that they work better on soft fabrics, like knits, and another said it's a great option for college kids. Anybody have more experience than I with a steamer?
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:41 AM
 
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My experience with three different hand-held steamers has been less than satisfactory. When I was in the theater, there was a steamer in the dressing room. It had a large water tank which sat on the floor. Attached to that was a pole, maybe 5 feet tall or so. There was a long hose which hung on the pole when not in use. When switched on, that steamer did a remarkable job of getting rid of wrinkles from costumes. But it is rather large, especially if your son is living in a dorm room.
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:46 PM
 
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Get an iron. Tell him that in a pinch he can use it as a hot plate.

Seriously, most steamers don't do anything that can't be accomplished by hanging the shirt in the bathroom while you shower.
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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My vote is also with iron..
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Old 04-27-2013, 10:57 PM
 
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Well thank you all. He ended up being pretty adamant that he wouldn't take the time to use an iron, so I got the steamer he requested and wished him luck!
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Old 04-27-2013, 11:28 PM
 
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Iron, I have a steamer. It is good for a quick touch up but not enough to get rid of any stuborn wrinkle.
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