Why Is It Important to Use Distilled Water in a Garment Steamer?

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What is distilled water? It’s just water that’s been through a process called distillation. During this process, impurities are removed and only the purest form of water remains.

This is what you need if you are using a garment steamer to remove wrinkles or sanitize your fabrics, whether they are clothes, upholstery, curtains, etc.

It is the only way to go when you’re using a garment steamer. The reason is simple: Most water contains minerals that will corrode the metal components inside your steamer. This corrosion will eventually cause the steamer’s internal parts to break down and wear out.

Can I Use Purified Water Instead of Distilled Water? Which is better?

Purified water is water that has been filtered to remove contaminants, while distilled water is water that has been boiled and the vapor condensed back into liquid form. Both types of water will work effectively in a garment steamer, but distilled water is the better choice.

Distillation is one of the many processes that purifies water.  Other ways to purify water, besides distillation, are reverse osmosis and deionization. The final product is purified water, which has higher “purity” than either bottled water, tap water, or filtered water.

In case you don’t have access to distilled water, the following list should be considered to use in a garment steamer, in order of importance:

1. Distilled water

2. Demineralized water

3. Deionized water

4. Spring or bottled water

5. Tap water

6. Wells, rain, or any water found outside

Can I use tap water, filtered water or bottled water for my garment steamer?

You can use tap water, filtered water and bottled water in a garment steamer, especially tap water, as it is free and readily available. However, these types of water may damage the steamer in the long run.

The most common problems are white silt, lime scale and carbon buildup, which they could end up splashed on your expensive clothing.

If you plan on only using tap water, bottled water or filtered water, make sure to thoroughly clean the inside of your steamer as well as the outside part of the nozzle. Read our guide to Cleaning And Maintaining Your Clothes Steamer.

Can I use water from my dehumidifier in my garment steamer?

The answer is YES! Water from these appliances is gathered from air, so, if you have a dehumidifier, you could save lots of money on distilled water.

Just make sure you don’t drink it, since manufacturers use components made of plastic and other materials which are not meant for human consumption.

Is it worth to make distilled water at home to use it for my garment steamer?

Water distillation is a process that can be done either through burning fuel or using electricity to heat the water.

In my experience, it is cheaper to buy bottled distilled water, but you can still make distilled water affordable with the right equipment.

I tried to make distilled water DIY style by following this YouTube video. Honestly, it takes a long time, requires lots of electricity (or fuel) since you need to use a stove and ice (it speeds up the process).

So, for me, was a no-go. Maybe you can use the sun to heat up your water and could set up a different home kit.

The other method was much more time efficient and doesn’t require lots of electricity.

I bought a DC-HOUSE 4L Food-Grade Water Distiller for about $120, which it says to be able to make 1/4 gallon per hour, and it did.

It can also make up to 6 gallons of distilled water per day, but I never tried, since you have to wait to cool down before using it again.

Is it worth it? Well, considering that i use a gallon every 2 weeks for my garment steamer, and a gallon of distilled water at Walmart costs about $1, it is definitely not worth it. With that money, i can buy water for the next 5 years.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a very neat and useful appliance if you use it for other purposes.

Conclusions

When it comes to garment steamers, distilled water is the only way to go. Minerals in most water can corrode the metal components inside your steamer, which can lead to problems like white silt, lime scale and carbon buildup.

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