How to Steam Satin: Complete Guide

Fill your steamer's water tank with fresh clean water and power the steamer on. Wait until the steamer head stops spitting or dripping hot water to begin steaming satin. Once ready, turn your garment inside out and proceed to use long downward strokes as you steam. Work your way from the top of the garment to the bottom, and  hold the mouth of the steamer 3 to 6 cm (1-2 in.) from the surface of the fabric. Continue steaming until the garment is completely wrinkle free.

This is How to Steam Satin: Complete Guide.

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Satin is meant to be a glossy and smooth fabric, which means any wrinkles in your satin clothing need to straightened ASAP! 

Steaming is a gentle and potent way to remove wrinkles from your satin blouse, satin shirt, satin dress, satin pajamas, satin pillowcase, satin sheets, and more. 

Satin fabric can be made from a variety of different fibers including cotton, wool, spandex, polyester, and silk.

The two most popular types of satin are silk satin and polyester satin. The instructions below on how to steam satin are applicable to both silk satin as well as polyester satin garments. 


Use the guides below to ensure you are providing the proper care to your satin belongings. 

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How to Steam Satin

Steaming is a gentle and effective method for getting wrinkles out of satin. Follow the steps below to learn how to steam satin properly

1. Fill Water Tank

Fill the steamer's water tank with fresh, clear water. Do not steam your precious satin clothing with old, stale water. 

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2. Turn On the Steamer

Turn the steamer on. If the steamer starts to spit or drip hot water from its mouth, wait until the action stops before you begin to steam. If your steamer continues to spit hot water, consider replacing or repairing the unit.

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3. Turn the Garment Inside Out

Turn your satin inside out and hang it evenly near the steamer. Satin is a delicate fabric and it is better to steam from the dull backside rather than the glossy frontside whenever possible. 

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4. Begin Steaming

Begin steaming your satin garment. Slowly work your way from the top of the garment to the bottom. Keep a distance of 1 to 2 inches (3 to 6 cm) between the mouth of the steamer and the surface of your satin garment. 

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5. Use Downward Strokes

Use long downward strokes to steam your garment. Use your free hand to pull, adjust, and add tension to your garment in order to help the steamer to remove wrinkles from those wrinkle-prone areas. Continue until your satin garment is completely wrinkle free. 

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6. Allow to Dry

Allow the item to air dry either by hanging or laying flat. 

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How to Iron Satin

To iron satin you'll need a pressing cloth, spray bottle, iron, ironing board, and a clean satin garment. 

Turn your satin inside out and lay it flat and evenly on the ironing board. Use a spray bottle filled with water to add moisture to the fabric, and cover the area you wish to iron with a thin cotton press cloth such as a pillowcase or bandana. 

Adjust the iron to the lowest heat setting possible and hand press your garment until it is completely wrinkle free. Always keep the press cloth between the iron and the satin fabric.

Learn the complete step-by-step process by reading How to iron Satin

Related: How to Get Wrinkles Out of Satin

Use these guides to learn how to properly steam other items made from silk and satin. 

How to Steam Satin FAQ

Can you use a steamer on satin?

A steamer can be used the get wrinkles out of satin. A steamer is a quick and gentle way to flatten your satin clothing. Ironing your satin is also an effective way to remove wrinkles. 

How do you steam wrinkles out of satin?

Turn your satin inside out and hang it near the steamer. Hold the base of the steamer 1 to 2 inches (3 to 6 cm) from the surface of the satin, and work your way from the top to the bottom of your garment using long downward strokes, until the satin is completely wrinkle free. 

Can you steam satin silk?

Satin silk can be steamed by first turning it inside out, hanging it, and then using long downward strokes to steam until it is completely wrinkle free. Keep the mouth of the steamer 3 to 6 cm away from the surface of the satin silk fabric and make sure the steamer isn't dripping or spitting hot water. 

How long does it take to steam satin?

Satin can be steamed in a very short time while at home. The time it takes to steam a satin garment will depend on the type of garment, the size, as well as the severity of the wrinkles and creases in the satin fabric. In general, it should take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes to steam satin your clothing or bedding.