October 19, 2018 by Sean Parry
Here at Neat, as well as general cleaning, we do a lot of ironing for our clients. As with all things, if you have good-quality equipment to help you, the end result is always better. Choosing a good quality iron that produces a good amount of steam, is relatively light-weight and good value, are the three main priority areas for us. Below we outline the key things to look for in choosing a good-quality iron. In particular, we like the Tefal FV5370G1 Aquaspeed Ultracord Premium Steam Iron (video review below) and the Morphy Richards Turbosteam 40699 Steam Iron.
A NORMAL STEAM IRON OR A STEAM GENERATING IRON?
The first decision to make is whether to purchase a normal steam iron or a steam generating iron.
A steam generating iron sits on a small tank of water that generally produces larger amounts of steam, which makes it better if you have a large amount of ironing to do on a regular basis. The iron itself is relatively lightweight as well, as all the water is stored in the tank, and as it holds more water, it doesn’t need to be refilled as regularly. However, it is a fairly bulky piece of kit and therefore larger and more difficult to store away. They also tend to be more expensive at £100+.
Our preference is a good-quality normal steam iron. In the majority of cases where the volume of ironing is less of an issue, a steam iron will produce fine results, and at a much lower cost. You can purchase a high-quality iron for under £50 – both the Tefal and Morphy Richards irons our cleaners and housekeepers use, are both within this price range.
OTHER FEATURES TO LOOK OUT FOR
1. Limescale filter – the amount of steam produced by an iron can be hampered if limescale deposits clog up the filter. An inbuilt limescale filter will help to maximise steam production.
2. Power cord – There’s nothing more irritating than a power cord that is too short. Make sure it’s longer than 2m otherwise you’ll have to use an extension cable.
3. Soleplate – Choose an iron with a thin soleplate which allows you to easily iron under shirt and blouse buttons.
4. Handle – Ideally, you want to try before you buy. Hold the iron and make sure it is comfortable in your hand. A handle that is too wide or narrow, or one with any obscure buttons or levers may blister your hands with prolonged use.
Finally, get yourself a good quality ironing board – ideally one with a grated metal supporting structure to allow the steam to easily escape. Ensure the cover is taught, and tighten with bands underneath the board (if required) to ensure there are no dents on the ironing board surface. Our preferred ironing board is this one from Brabantia.
Of course, our cleaners and housekeepers would be happy to help with any cleaning or ironing needs you have. Further information on our services can be found on the Neat website, or feel free to call us on 02036378307 if you have any questions.