Advice on steam generators
Want to be done ironing fast?
If you want to be done ironing as fast as possible, you'll need high steam production, steam burst, and steam pressure. High steam pressure makes the steam come out of the iron with more force. As a result, wrinkles often disappear with 1 movement. We class a steam production as high if it's over 120 grams per minute. You can also easily smooth stiff fabrics, such as jeans.
Regularly iron large amounts of laundry?
It's pretty simple: with a large water tank, you can keep ironing for longer. Because of this, you won't need to interrupt your ironing at any point to top up your water. Got so much laundry that the water runs out in the meantime after all? Choose a removable water reservoir. This way, you don't have to take the entire steam generator to the faucet.
Do you iron dress shirts regularly?
Dress shirts aren't the easiest clothes to smooth out, but there are aids that make ironing them a lot easier. Choose a steam generator with a steam tip. This means the steam holes on the soleplate run all the way up into the tip. This allows you to smooth out the collar on a dress shirt and areas around buttons more easily. Prefer to smooth out your dress shirts by steaming them? In that case, choose a steam generator that's suitable for vertical use.
Ironing delicate fabrics?
You should treat delicate fabric such as silk with caution. If you want to be sure of a good ironing result without damaging your clothes, a steam generator with an automatic temperature setting is a good idea for you. You can use this to iron any fabric one after the other, without changing settings or temperatures. The Philips PerfectCare steam generators do this and prevent burns.
How do you descale the steam generator?
Steam generators are powered by water and water contains limescale. There are various ways to descale a steam generator. Some generators use a limescale collector or descaling cartridges. It's also possible that you need to start a cleaning program, or do it manually. Want to know more about the various descaling options? Read the advisory article.
Ever forget to shut off the iron?
If you ever forget to shut off your iron, choose a steam generator with auto shut-off. If you leave this on and don't use it for a while, the steam generator will shut off after several minutes. Almost all Philips steam generators have an automatic switch-off.
Increasing the lifespan?
In order to be guaranteed good ironing results for as long as possible, you'll need to maintain your steam generator now and then. Apart from descaling, it also helps to fill your iron with purified water. To do this, use a water filter. The soleplate, too, requires some attention every once in a while. You can clean it easily using a soft, damp cloth. You should clean the soleplate while it's still lukewarm.