If you have gone to the trouble to buy a garment steamer for your clothes, you will obviously want to take care of it. These products aren’t necessarily cheap, so it doesn’t make sense to buy one and then fail to care for it properly. If you want it to perform as expected and last for a long time, you must take the time to care for it the right way. Fortunately, it’s not hard to do. It merely takes a few minutes of your time whenever you get finished using it.
Always Follow Directions
One of the fastest ways that you can ruin your garment cleaner is to fail to follow the directions that come with it. Those directions are not there just for the amusement of the people that manufactured it. They exist because there’s a purpose in following them, namely to ensure that the garment cleaner isn’t damaged and that you don’t ruin your clothing every time you use it. If you’re following the directions, you shouldn’t have to worry about causing any undue damage to the garment cleaner itself.
Allow it to Warm Up and Cool Down Properly
These days, people are always in a hurry. If you want the best results from your garment cleaner, allow it to warm up properly instead of turning it on and trying to use it right away. That will only frustrate you, and it could potentially cause damage to the machine. Similarly, make sure that you allow it to cool down when you’re finished using it. It’s important that you break it down and clean it after each use, as described in the following paragraph. However, you want to be sure that you give the machine ample time to cool off before you start handling it or you could cause severe burns to yourself. When you’re finished cleaning your garments, turn it off and unplug it, then give it enough time to cool off so that it’s safe to handle. Then you can clean it.
Clean it After Every Use
Even if you’re using distilled water in your garment cleaner, you want to be sure that you clean it thoroughly after every use. Otherwise, you run the risk of the machine molding on the inside, effectively ruining the entire garment cleaner. All you need to do is disassemble it after each use and then use some more distilled water to clean it out, being sure to let the entire assembly air dry thoroughly before you put it back together. The whole project takes about five minutes to complete, and it can add years of life to the garment cleaner. If you happen to have a particular situation once or twice where you don’t get to clean it out, don’t panic. By the same token, it’s not a good idea to make a habit out of this practice, either.
Don’t Use Tap Water
Often, a garment cleaner’s demise is because somebody used tap water in it instead of distilled water. If you’ve ever filled a bucket with water and then left it standing for a few days, you can see the gunk and the goop that eventually coats that bucket. It’s not any different with a garment steamer. The purer the water is, the less often you have to deal with these types of issues. If you’re filling your garment cleaner up with tap water, you can bet that it’s not going to last as long as one that’s been well cared for and has never seen a drop of tap water.
Don’t Use Extension Cords
It’s easy to get in the habit of using extension cords, especially when you don’t have a lot of electrical outlets. It’s not recommended that you use one with your garment cleaner because they can cause power surges. This, in turn, can damage the machine. Even if you’re struggling to find an electrical outlet, it’s better that you use one that’s grounded as opposed to using an extension cord.
As you can see, none of these things are difficult to accomplish. If you follow these instructions, you should be able to use your garment cleaner for several years without having any serious problems. On the other hand, failing to follow these instructions could mean that you only get a few months’ worth of trouble-free performance before issues start to crop up.
By properly taking care of your garment cleaner, you’re saving yourself more than just time and money. You’re also saving yourself a lot of frustration.