Clothes Steamers: Your Questions Answered

Clothes Steamers: Your Questions Answered

25 August 2021

Do your friends love their steamers, but you’ve got some questions before you get one of your own? Then you’re in the right place. We’re here to give you the answers to how steamers work and what they can do.

How Do Steamers Work?

A standard handheld steamer usually has a water tank that you will fill. This water then travels from the tank into a reservoir and reaches the boiler inside of the steamer. The water is then heated and turns into steam, ready to be released out of the vents or holes. This steam then penetrates the fabrics, relaxing the fibres and smooths away any creases.  

How Hot Does a Steamer’s Face Plate Get?

The temperature varies depending on which steamer you choose; however, the Steam Genie 2-in-1’s faceplate gets to 140 degrees. This temperature is safe for all iron-able fabric, so you’ll never have to worry about your steamer being too hot.

Can Steamers Remove Odours?

If your steamer includes a scent attachment like the Steam Genie Aroma, then yes, they do! You can freshen up your fabrics with personalised scents, from a floral spring smell for your sofa to a clean linen for your clothes.

Can Steamers Clean Clothes and Remove Bacteria?

They certainly can! When removing the creases in your clothes, you can enjoy cleaning them at the same time. The Steam Genie Aroma is designed to kill up to 99.9% of bacteria in 60 seconds*, so you can enjoy fresh, crease-free clothing.

*2 types of bacteria on 3 surfaces. Laboratory tested. See website for more details

Tell me more about Russell Hobbs’ range of steamers

All Russell Hobbs steamers kill 99.9% of bacteria in 60 seconds.

Steam Genie Handheld Steamer

Our Steam Genie offers powerful steam, fast heat up, and a range of attachments giving you all the conveniences of a clothes steamer.

Steam Genie Aroma

The Steam Genie Aroma goes that extra mile to getting your clothes smelling fresh with a scent infuser. It’s also 25% faster with a 32g steam output giving you time back for what matters.

Steam Genie 2-in-1

For the ultimate steamer experience, the Steam Genie 2 in 1 combines steaming and ironing with One Temperature technology. It’s ready whatever the occasion.

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Russell Hobbs

Russell Hobbs was founded in the UK in 1952 by Bill Russell and Peter Hobbs, whose combined design and engineering flair allowed them to launch a company that remains a leading brand to this day. Over the years, Russell Hobbs has built up a legacy of design and innovation that placed the brand at the heart of the consumer’s home. The first automatic switch off kettle, the first automatic coffee maker and even the first plastic kettle were all Russell Hobbs innovations.