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Benefits of Steam in Laundry

by Diana Lamirand

Modern washers and dryers improve our health by delivering steam that kills bacteria, allergens, dust mites, and dog dander, while also working to clobber stubborn stains. A washer and dryer with steam features can help you save time, money and keep your favorite clothes looking new and fresh

Steam literally powered the Industrial Revolution, but this new source of power that became available in the early 1800s was mostly used in industry, not private homes. Today, anyone can command the power of steam at home with the push of a button on their high-efficiency, steam washer and dryer. Big Sandy Superstore offers just about any model you need.

For instance, with the Samsung FlexWash washer, you can even wash a large load and a steam wash load at the same time. Just choose the steam wash setting and sit down to enjoy dinner with your family. Let the washer remove any evidence of today’s lunch mishap, by shooting steam from the bottom of the laundry tub to saturate every fiber and lift the stains.

Using steam in your laundry also helps to eliminate the need for pre-soaking and pre-treating your favorite fabrics. Just want to freshen up your most comfortable pair of jeans? Pop them into your steam dryer, and go ahead and take a jog around the block. If a neighbor stops you for a long chat, it won’t matter. 

Today’s steam dryers, electric or gas, offer features like Whirlpool’s Wrinkle Shield Plus Option that pairs tumbling action and steam for more than two hours after the cycle ends. Your clothes will be wrinkle-free whenever you jog back in. And it stacks nicely with its partner washer, as many high-efficiency models do. 

Steam Benefits for Washers

LG, one of Big Sandy’s most popular washer and dryer manufacturers, was the first company to patent a steam washer and the first in the industry to be certified as asthma-and-allergy friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. LG even makes an all-in-one, front-load washer and dryer combo with ventless drying to save space.

To kill dust mites and remove allergens, the Mayo Clinic recommends washing all bedding, from the pillowcases to the bedspread, every week in water heated to at least 130 degrees. That’s 10 degrees hotter than the 120 degrees recommended for most water heaters

Steam washers boost the wash water heat, just when you need it. Steam in the prewash phase soaks clothing more thoroughly and also boosts heat, relaxing fabric fibers to release ground-in grime. The hotter water better activates detergent, letting it do its job better.

Running a garment through the steam wash, even after you’ve already washed and dried it on normal settings, may even help to remove stubborn grease spots.

Steam Benefits for Dryers

Need to attend an important meeting, only to wake up and find your power dress shirt dusty and rumpled in the back of the closet? Steam dryers can boost your image in a hurry.

Your steam dryer’s TurboSteam technology eliminates dust and wrinkles, without wasting time on a full washing. The water and heat combination of Samsung’s TurboSteam powers away odors such as smoke or food smells without rewashing and refreshes garments in just a few minutes. You won’t smell like a Mexican fiesta at your next appointment, even though that chimichanga was totally worth it.

This cycle, called different names depending on the model, reduces washings for delicate clothing and preserves gorgeous garments longer.  

Are Steam Laundry Pairs Worth It?

Steam laundry pairs do cost a little more but are probably more affordable than you think, and their smart features may negate the extra cost in the long run. 

Energy Star-certified high-efficiency steam washers and dryers exceed government standards to conserve natural resources. They use less water, hot or cold, and save money on water, electric and gas bills. 

Want to learn more about how steam cleans laundry better? The product specialists at Big Sandy will be happy to show you.