Samsung AirDresser, launched in early 2020, is a free-standing steam-cleaning (or – refreshing) device geared for consumers. But thanks to its simple installation and 12 cycles for everything from suits to knits, it can handle a variety of materials: leather, fur, down jackets, raw selvedge jeans (selvedge jeans are woven using old-fashioned denim-weaving techniques). It even has a quick 24-minute steam refresh cycle and low-heat drying cycle as well. As such, it deserves a second look for a dry cleaners’ use.
It’s configured like a standalone closet: the door opens to reveal three hangers (with clips for trousers or skirts) and can be configured with shelves to accommodate sweaters, scarves or anything else that isn’t hanger-friendly. Simply plug it into a standard wall outlet and give it a tankful of water.
Of course, it is no replacement for proper dry cleaning. But if you have a very delicate blouse that really isn’t that dirty, AirDresser will do a supreme job of refreshing it. It has less to do with the actual cleaning and mostly comes down to pressing. It won’t put a crisp crease for sure but It will eliminate bacteria and odor – a particularly valuable function during a pandemic.
At $1,400, it’s not cheap but unlike a consumer, a dry cleaner will have a lot of use for it. And preventing just one claim for a piece of delicate haute-couture dress will pay for it. With its minimalistic exterior, it could even discreetly be tucked into counter area. Now that is sleek!
(For your information, LG Styler offers similar functionality. )