Ironing is a fundamental part of clothes care and unless there is a really good iron to smoothen away the creases, and wrinkles that washing machines invariably inflict on our clothes our attire will be very shoddy and ill kempt. It is best to opt for the steam irons that are now so popular in the market. For one thing it has proved to be very fast and effective. The steam takes care to smoothen out the smallest wrinkle and the result is perfectly pressed and neatly folded lines of clothing. Even the best clothes can be marred by bad ironing and wrong creases.
There is a small 1 litre or 0.5litres to 2.5litre water tank inside the iron which gets heated up and offers a spray of steam for effective ironing. The water tank is removable and can be cleaned at intervals. The steam can be turned on and off depending on the kind of fabric one is ironing. For example, the lighter fabrics do not require the spray of steam while the heavier fabrics require it for the crinkle free look. The iron is designed in a way to be drip free and safe. Depending on the kind of fabric that you are ironing you can set the heating option and the temperature is automatically set just right for the kind of fabric you are ironing. When the temperature reaches a suitable point it automatically switches off.
There is no fear of over heating and damaging the fabric or under heating and struggling to press. If the water takes 4 minutes to prepare steam then the iron is ready to work non stop for 40minutes. Depending on each brand and make, approximately 50 to70grams of heat is generated in a minute. The cord connecting the iron the power peg is as lengthy as 1.7 metres. There is an embedded sole plate to make the iron retain its heat for a longer period. Generally about 2000watts of power is utilized.
Some brands offer 5 different heating positions for the convenience of the user. It is important to ensure that the iron is scale free if the clothes have to retain their pristine quality. The new anti scale system ensures that the sole is kept scale free for the smooth movement of the iron. Some irons heat up very fast, even in 2minutes and this makes the power consumption much less.
There are some irons which have a self cleaning mechanism. Unless one prefers the heavier kinds, a good iron will weigh about 1.15kgs which will not be very burdensome for the user even if he or she has piles and piles of clothes to iron.
from an article by Victor Thomas