Hot Tips for Steaming Clothes to Sell on eBay

By Marsha Collier, Patti Louise Ruby

Keep these tips in mind when steaming the clothes you’re getting ready to sell on eBay:

  • Always keep the steam head in an upright position so the condensation inside the hose drains back into the steamer.
  • Run the steam head lightly down the fabric.
  • Don’t let the steam head come directly in contact with velvet or silk; otherwise you may spot the fabric.
  • Steam velvet (or any fabric with a pile) from the reverse side.
  • Hang pants by the cuff when steaming.
  • Heavy fabrics may respond better to steaming from the underside of the fabric.
  • When you’re through steaming your clothes for eBay, try steaming your mattresses and furniture. Steaming has been proven to kill a majority of dust mites and their accompanying nastiness.

Steaming a garment with a steam wand is kinder to the fabric than pressing with an iron, and steaming takes wrinkles out in a hurry. Steam penetrates the fabric (not crushing it, as does ironing) and seems to make the fabric look better than before. Steaming is also five times faster than ironing — and not as backbreaking.