1 Down in the basement laundry room of my Bedford, New York farm, my longtime housekeeper, Laura, fills the water tank of our new Rowenta iron, with cold water. http://www.rowentausa.com/
2 This steam iron is called the Rowenta Eco Intelligence. I have used many different Rowenta irons over the years, and have always been very pleased with their performance.
3 Rowenta has many models available and is considered one of the best luxury iron manufacturers worldwide. They produced the first energy saving iron in North America that combines ironing efficiency with energy savings. This Eco Intelligence saves about 25-percent energy.
4 One of the iron's other notable features is the stainless steel Microsteam 400 3D soleplate - it has rounded rear edges to keep creases at a minimum, and a high precision tip to reach narrow areas.
5 For ironing, there is a well-padded ironing table top in every one of my laundry rooms. It is very good for working on large linens, such as bed sheets or tablecloths. Laura runs the iron over the surface to get a feel for it and to see how it works.
6 Laura then tests the steam and spray features of the new iron.
7 Laura starts with a pillow case. After washing linens, they should be tumble dried until they are just damp - the water and moisture will release wrinkles and make the job much easier.
8 She moves the iron in a back-and-forth motion over the entire length of the cloth, going with the weave; using a circular motion can lead to undesirable stretching.
9 This iron has an ergonomic rotary trigger, which comes in very handy for left or right handed users. The steam function is also very strong - it has a 1700W powerful burst of steam, which can be very useful on thick fabrics and tough creases.
10 Laura is very pleased with the iron's results. Many people don't feel the need to iron bedding, but ironing actually makes the fabric feel nicer to the skin - partly because the ironing lays the nap of fabric down making it smoother.
12 Laura uses the highest setting on the iron to ensure any creases disappear.
13 The iron's dry position gives it a nice, crisp finish with no leaks or drips.
14 This model is the Rowenta SteamForce iron. It has a built in pump injection system to deliver 30-percent more steam, and
an electronic thermostat and digital temperature display to alert when the desired temperature is reached. This iron will go to my home in East Hampton.
15 At Skylands, my home in Maine, one of my favorite rooms is the laundry room. Even though it is also in the basement, it has lots of windows letting in natural light. This makes it a very pleasant place to complete clothes keeping chores.
16 The three well-padded ironing boards sit upon heavy iron bases at different heights to accommodate the ironer. They are original to the home. Three new Rowenta irons are already set-up to use at the ironing stations.
17 The new irons include the Rowenta DW9280 SteamForce, and the DW7180 Everlast Anti-Calc iron, which will be available in stores next month.
18 Here is the new Rowenta Everlast Anti-Calc iron on the right, and our old model Rowenta SuperPress 050. The new one functions as a steamer, is lighter, and more compact than the SuperPress. The Anti-Calc iron is also equipped to capture large pieces of calcium and flush tiny pieces through the soleplate's holes.
19 Cheryl, who works at Skylands, shows the top of the pillowcase - it has some decorative embroidery on it, and needs to be ironed carefully.
20 Terry-cloth towels are always placed on the ironing board before working on delicately embroidered items.
21 Cheryl places it faced-down on the towel to cushion the embroidery, so it protects it and doesn’t flatten it.
22 Cheryl puts the new iron to the test - slowly going over the cotton pillowcase, with the iron on its highest setting.
23 Look how beautiful this pillowslip looks now! Over the years, I have found many wonderful embroidered bed and table linens from tag sales, and old estate sales.
24 Next, Gretchen, who also works for me up at Skylands, decided to try the iron's steaming function on one of my blouses.
25 This iron has three steam options: variable, vertical and steam burst. Steaming is a wonderful function - it's gentler on fabrics, reaches areas that a traditional iron can’t, and doesn't use chemicals.
26 Cheryl irons a Skylands lobster bib for the many lobster dinners I love having when I am up in Maine. Again, a white terry cloth towel across the ironing board is essential to create a soft, smoothly ironed surface.
27 The Rowenta Everlast Anti-Calc iron also has a 12-ounce water tank for uninterrupted steaming and spraying. Here is the finished bib.
28 Cheryl also ironed various cocktail napkins.
29 Remember, they should be placed face-down on the ironing pad, so the iron is never in direct contact with the embroidery threads.
30 And, here they are all finished.
31 This is a napkin with the map of Mount Desert island printed on it.
32 Keep the iron moving across the fabric, in the direction of the weave, to prevent scorching. Cheryl and Gretchen love the iron's steam jet functions and how comfortable they are to use. https://www.facebook.com/RowentaUSA