If you love wearing silk shirts and dresses and delicate fabrics that seem to crease easily then you are probably in need of a steamer, and I have to share with you how impressed I was with the handheld Philips Steam & Go that I discovered during London Fashion Week at The Apartment. I’ve been considering getting a steamer for a while, especially one that could also be useful when travelling, so I was quite excited to put this handheld gizmo to the test on my most delicate items, which I usually just send to the dry cleaner to make sure that all the creases are removed.
There are lots of plus points about the Philips Steam & Go, firstly, the price this handheld steamer is less than £50, which means it is a great entry-level product. Secondly, its special design means that you can steam both vertically and horizontally, making it possible to steam shirts on their hangers or even steam furniture and bed linen, which FYI is my new favourite thing to do for relaxation!!! Third thing, probably the most important hot steam has been proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria on clothes and bedding fresh for longer, plus it also removes unwanted odours such as cigarette, food and body odours.
What I will say is that you have to realise that this Philips Steam & Go isn’t going to replace your iron, think of it rather as a gadget for touch-ups, those difficult-to-iron clothes or those delicate pieces that you normally send to the dry cleaner, as its SmartFlow technology heats up the steam plate and keeps it at an optimal, safe temperature for all fabrics, meaning that it will never scorch.
The most frustrating part about using the Philips Steam & Go was the small water tank, you will need to refill three or four times to decrease a shirt for instance. But that’s easily achieved by keeping a little jug handy, and you don’t need to worry about having to wait for ages for it to warm up as it only takes 45 seconds.
What I found the Philips Steam & Go useful for was to refresh items, to de-crinkle delicate evening gowns, especially ones with beading on, it was a dream to decrease my beloved pleated skirt that used to take me ages to iron, and I loved the crisp results it produced on collars and cuffs, and I even used it on my delicate silk scarves. But I was kind of obsessed with using it on my interiors, steaming my curtains and upholstery, as well as using it on my bedding, it really does make them feel fresher for longer. I also think I will be taking this beauty with my on my next trip, even though it seems bulky it really is light, and if you have room I think your clothes will thank you.