Trouser Press

As you might guess, by its name, the first trouser press was manufactured in England. It came to be when a ‘pressing area’ was added to the common valet stand. The first electrically heated trouser presser was produced in the 1960s.

The commercial-grade version of this appliance is oftentimes provided as an amenity to guests who frequent establishments such as upscale hotels, private spas, cruise ships and large conference facilities.

There is also a wide variety of trouser pressers, which have been produced specifically for in-home use. The majority of both grades can be used either freestanding or wall-mounted, depending on the situation.

Wall-mounted models will obviously save floor space, while freestanding units provide the added convenience of a jacket hanger. For those who wear a suit every day, an at home trouser presser will pay for itself in a short time. Since trousers stay in shape for a longer period of time, there will be no need to have them dry-cleaned as frequently.

Many consumers, who have purchased a trouser press, have found it suitable for pressing skirts and even T-shirts, as well. This makes this appliance an even a greater value. For individuals who do a great deal of business-related traveling, this amenity is almost a requirement… especially after a long day.

It should be noted that a trouser press does not totally eliminate the need for dry cleaning or traditional ironing. It has been designed to ‘freshen’ the original crease and gently remove wrinkles from the back of the knees.

This appliance is quite easy to use. The instructions are basically the same, regardless of the model. The unit is opened, via a pair of lever arms. Trousers are then placed into the presser, feet first.

At this point, it is important that the garment is smoothed into place. This will ensure that the trouser creases are in the proper position. (If this step is eliminated, it is possible that extra creases may become apparent.)

As the trouser press is closed, the top of the garment should be securely held in place with a very light pulling motion. This will help to prevent extra creases, as well. The last step is to push down on the lever arms. This will lock the machine into a closed position. It’s as simple as that.

Once the unit is closed, the heating pad automatically adjusts to the thickness of the fabric. This ensures even pressure on hems and pocket areas. Stretcher bars accomplish the task of removing behind the knee wrinkles.

Trousers should NEVER be dampened, prior to pressing. The natural humidity content of most fibers is more than adequate enough for the material to be pressed. However, man-made fibers that resist humidity may require a second pressing.

The least expensive trouser pressers are most suitable for lightweight fabrics. They typically feature a standard pushbutton timer (30 minutes), automatic turn off option and small coin dish. Usually available in walnut or black finish, they can be assembled in two minutes or less.

More expensive models are available in several colors and wood finishes such as Beech wood, Black Ash, Mahogany, Maple, Oak, Pine, Walnut, chrome, black and white.
Depending on the specific model, these top-of-the-line trouser pressers also include these features: variable-setting timers, a hinged storage compartment instead of the standard coin dish and LED display.

Because more and more people tend to wear jeans, in a somewhat formal setting, a trouser presser would work for these individuals, just as well. As long as the jeans have been creased, with an iron, prior to this ‘touch-up’ process there shouldn’t be a problem.

This Trouser Press Review is Written/Updated on Jun 12th, 2009 and filed under Home Appliances. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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