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Old 04-08-2010, 06:05 AM   #1
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A got this great Volkssturm armband, and it's got some winkles and creases in it. I was wondering if it would be safe to let my wife take it to work, she work's at a place where they have a steamer for clothes.
Would this be safe, or could I potentially damage the armband?
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Old 04-08-2010, 06:58 AM   #2
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Just use a steamer and work slow. DO NOT USE A STEAM IRON. Don't allow the steamer to be stationary over one spot to saturate your armband. If your armband is dirty on the wrinkled area it may spreat out the dirt. It's best to go over the area after several times with rest peroids between.
Remember! They ain't making any more of this stuff.. Take care of it.

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Old 04-08-2010, 02:48 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Paul. I will definitely go with your suggestion.
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Use a steamer
Old 05-13-2019, 05:19 AM   #4
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A garment steamer could be a handheld or upright device. Cold water is to be poured into the water tank of the steamer, to avoid leakage, ensure all the parts of the steamer are properly closed.

Plug in the steamer; allow it to heat until the steam starts to form. Steamers usually heat up within two to three minutes. Ensure it steams well in order to get the desired results, this could be checked by pressing the button or pulling the trigger on the handle, this depends on the brand. The same button is what will be used while steaming.

The easiest way to steam a garment is when it is left to hang. Some steamers usually have a hanging pole attached. Nevertheless, if you are making use of a handheld steamer, your garment could be hanged and placed on a rod or door knob. Whichever way.
The steamer should be run against your garments in a downward manner. There is no need of pressing too hard, the steam will remove wrinkles on its own. If the fabric is so wrinkly, steaming should be done from inside the garment or underneath.
When steaming garments with trimmings, the steamer should be half an inch away in order not to damage the embellishments. Special care is also needed with silk or velvet fabrics.

Check the level of water in the tank after each item of clothing.

Garments are usually damp after a fresh steaming or some small water spots could appear. These are very normal, after steaming let the garment sit in the hanger to dry for some minutes before wearing it.
There are a lot of fabrics that require much power before they become smooth. Thick jeans will need more heat than a silk fabric. Using the highest heat for lighter fabrics might damage them. If you intend steaming a shirt or two, there is no need to fill the water tank all the way up. It will be faster this way.

Steamers are trusted tools but issues with operation could arise. For your steamer to keep running effectively, consider the following tactics:

Do not overfill the water tank: using too much water could lead to spitting, leakage or worse.
Ensure the water level does not get too low.
Ensure the water gets heated before you start steaming.
Keep the unit clean.
Do not allow the cord to get twisted .
Follow the manufacturer’s directions for storage.
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Old 05-13-2019, 03:10 PM   #5
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or you can forget the drama and just iron it with a damp cloth over it without any problems just like soldiers did and still do
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