I’m Steaming! Steaming Happy, That Is!

Welcome to the 373rd Metamorphosis Monday!

Several years ago my sister gave me a My Little Steamer, steamer. She had a very generous and loving nature and often when she saw something advertised on TV that she thought I could use, she would buy it and surprise me with it on my next visit to her home. At the time she gave me the steamer, I wasn’t sure how I would use it, but I thanked her and tucked it away knowing one day it would probably come in handy.

My Little Steamer

 

If I’m remembering correctly, the first time I ever used it was on the tartan bed skirt I had made for my bed. It worked great in getting out the wrinkles from where it had been folded.

Tartan Bedding For Winter

 

This past weekend I finally got around to trying the steamer out on the deep-set wrinkles in the green, velvet draperies I recently added to the living room.

Living Room, English Country Style

 

I had been waiting to see if some of the wrinkles would fall out on their own. After waiting several weeks, the drapes looked pretty much as wrinkled as the day I hung them.

Paneled Room with Green Velvet Drapes, English Country Style

 

So how did the steamer do? Here’s a before photo of one section of drapery.

My Little Steamer for Steaming Wrinkles from Velvet Drapes

 

And here’s the after: not too bad! I got better and faster at getting the wrinkles out, the longer I used it. At first, I think I was holding it too far away from the drapes. Once I moved the steamer to where it was about an inch away, it worked much better.

It’s necessary to keep it moving because the steam really comes blasting out. I found holding it about an inch or two away from the drapes and keeping it moving at all times, worked great! If you have any doubts about whether you should use a steamer on a particular fabric, try testing it in a discreet spot first, just to make sure it doesn’t do something unexpected.

My Little Steamer for Steaming Wrinkles from Drapes

 

Here’s one more example showing a different section of drapery.

BEFORE:

My Little Steamer, Steaming Wrinkles from Drapes

 

AFTER:

My Little Steamer Used To Steam Wrinkles from Drapes

 

I am really pleased with how fast and well it worked.

My Little Steamer Used for Steaming Wrinkles from Drapes

 

VIDEO

The very first time I plugged the steamer in, I was amazed by how hot it gets. Did you know the water inside a steamer is actually boiling?! I made a very short video of it plugged in, heated up and ready to go so you can see how hot it gets. It’s a little strange to reach down and pick up something that’s boiling and hold it in your hand. I was a bit leery at first, but after a while you get used to it. To watch the short video, click here: Steamer for Steaming Drapes

My Little Steamer

 

In summary, the steamer worked super fast and did an excellent job of removing the deep-set wrinkles from my drapes. I would definitely recommend it for removing wrinkles from fabrics.

You’ll find the steamer I used here: My Little Steamer.  I noticed this steamer is also getting great reviews online: Steamer  It looks like it would be great for travel, too.

Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Metamorphosis Monday!

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much fro the party!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

  2. That looks so much easier to handle than my bigger steamer. I wish I’d known about this when I bought mine. Your curtains are beautiful, and you and the steamer did a good job on them. Thank you for hosting.

  3. Oh Susan, I need one of those! I can’t iron a thing, it always looks worse 🙁 !
    Thanks for the party today, and have a wonderful Easter week!

  4. I have this little gem! Once you buy one, you find all sorts of ways to use it. Mine has a little travel bag so I always pack it in my suitcase whenever i travel.

  5. Patricia says:

    I just purchased a larger steamer to get the wrinkles out of my MIL’d drapes and I am wondering how I will get the hose to reach the top of the drapes. Your little steamer might be the better solution! In any case, ironing is just out of the question.

  6. That steamer is really impressive on your drapes. What a difference! Are you loving them…your room looks beautiful! Aren’t sisters just the best?!?

  7. Susan, I got hooked on steamers when I had a women’s apparel store. I have a Rowenta steamer that I love that’s on its last leg. I’ll have to check yours out 🙂

  8. Susan, thanks for hosting! I love my steamer that I use at drapery installs. I’ve had several clients have me order one for them to use for their clothes too.

  9. I just ordered a streamer yesterday. I ordered a Rowenta hand held. I hope my daughter (the recepient) is as happy with it as you are yours.

  10. I have a steamer too and use it frequently. It can even be a quick fix for making clothing look better. Mine is a floor model with a flexible tube and wide head. I have a small portable one but never remember to bring it when we travel!

  11. Listen, try using it to wash your walls. Fantastic and not messy!

  12. Funny you should write a blog on that. Saturday I just bought one! I bought a slipcover for my sofa and was wondering how I would iron it – well, I had HSN on and up popped Joy with his “Little Steamer” Voila! I bought it (even the same color, Linen). Can’t wait to get it home and try it out!

    Glad to know I will LOVE it!
    Thanks,
    Eileen

  13. I have a little steamer and I love, love, love it! I borrowed one when I was staging a house and had to get rid of all the wrinkles on the new drapes and bedskirts and it was wonderful. I went out and bought my own by the end of that week!! 🙂

  14. My daughter has a steamer and loves it! Hers is a standup version with a hanger for your clothes. I may just have to try hers! Hugs…Debbie

  15. Hi Susan, Your sister was so thoughtful! Steamers are wonderful but mine is a large one on wheels. I have had drapes steamed professionally and they always look better! I don’t know if I would be brave enough to try on my own–I’m sure I would leave them drooping. I love your green velvet. The room must seem so much cozier now. Thanks for hosting! Linda

  16. Very cool steamer Susan! Thanks for another great party!!!

  17. Hi Susan, thanks for hosting the party each week. The steamer looks like something to add to my “TO GET list”.

  18. I remember using a small one many years ago and was so surprised at how well they work, Susan. I need to get one! I despise ironing and this would be so helpful.

  19. That little steamer looks wonderful and works beautifully on your draperies.
    Thank you for hosting dear Susan.
    Have a great Holy-Easter week.
    FABBY

  20. Help please! I put a link to your site on my post but received an “Error” message. My post is Old Books tell more than a Story. Can you please let me know what I did wrong so I can fix it? P.S. Always enjoy your party! Thanks.

  21. I have this steamer and I use it on my clothes as it is in my closet,
    works well.

  22. I got hooked on my steamer a few years ago and now consider it an essential tool in my home. There are so many ways to use it I can’t imagine being without one again!

  23. hi susan- the steamer worked great! i have green velvet panels like that too. i recently changed them out for lighter drapes but i still have saved because i love them & they are totally classic in my opinion so i know i’ll be pulling them out again. yours look wonderful in your living room. thanks for another great post! xo- maryjo
    https://masterpiecesofmylife.com

  24. Hey Susan! I have a backlink in the post, but for some reason inlinkz is not reading it. Thanks for hosting! Have a lovely week ahead. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  25. Wow, I am totally amazed! I really love it when I see a true testimony of a product. You give really good ones, Susan, and I’ve pinned several. Your velvet drapes look terrific in the after. And thank you for hosting us, too. I love Spring!

  26. What a perfect post for me, Susan! I have been wanting a small steamer and this is it! I went straight to amazon and bought me one. Thanks for such a helpful article.

  27. What a wonderful tool! And velvet is impossible to iron without ruining, so that is perfect. Thanks for hosting!

  28. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Thank you so much i have looked and looked, this little steamer will solve my wrinkled drapes problem, you are always so helpful, have a great day.

  29. Linda Page says:

    Wow! What a difference! I had a small steamer that I used on clothes many years ago and it finally played out and I never replaced it. I have often wished I had. So I guess I will be ordering one like yours. Thanks for the heads up!

  30. Susan, thanks so much for the info on the steamer! I’ve thought about getting one before and now I will! Thanks so much for hosting!
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

  31. Cyndi Raines says:

    Great job Susan and what a thoughtful gift from your sister and now even more precious! Your drapes are gorgeous! Also, wanted to say that the sunset picture you posted on the Postcard is BEAUTIFUL!! Reminded me of the scene in Gone With the Wind just before intermission, when Scarlett raises her hand to the sky and swears she will never go hungry again!

  32. I tried to link up but inlinks sent it to you for approval. Said it couldn’t find the backlink. I do have one. lol Always sometime.

  33. It is amazing what a great job your steamer did. Are you still loving your drapes? The room is absolutely beautiful. Sisters are the absolute best! My sister is 16 years younger than I, but my best friend in the world. She reminds me periodically to be extra nice to her because she’ll be picking out my nursing home!!! LOL

  34. Hi Susan, your drapes look great. Looks like your steamer did a fabulous job. I pulled mine out to steam my chair cover, but was too lazy to do it. Seeing your curtains inspires me to steam my chair cover. I have only used my little steamer once. I purchased it from Macy’s years ago when it was on sale. Thanks for the party.

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