The electric iron was patented in America by Henry Seeley in June 1882. It would seem that it is an ordinary household appliance, but several interesting facts are associated with it. In the XXI century, there is an iron in every home. But there were times that are extremely difficult for our contemporaries to imagine. It was then that this device was not an obligatory attribute, but rather exotic, chic.
A bit of history …
In ancient times, folds were removed from clothing with the help of cobblestones, preheated to a certain temperature. Irons, which were used in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, had a similar shape to the modern shape. These were cast iron fixtures that were heated in a conventional oven before use. Since they quickly lost heat, they had to be constantly warmed up.
It is interesting! Since the second half of the nineteenth century, quite expensive models have appeared in European countries that run on oil, kerosene and, no matter how strange it may sound, on alcohol.
Curious facts about the iron
Here are a selection of funny moments that most people have never heard of:
- The name itself came to us from the East. In our country, only the last letter was added to the word "utyu" - "g".
Little tricks for hostesses
Henry Seeley used a spiral to create a new generation iron. He placed it inside the structure, and this allowed him to achieve a heating effect. Over time, the device received other very useful and relevant functions - thermostatic control, steaming. But at the very beginning of the development of irons, it was not possible to regulate the temperature. In this regard, the soles of devices often overheated. As a result, things deteriorated, often burned out. Of course, modern models practically do not cause such troubles. Nevertheless, you need to take care of the device correctly, and then the iron will not only last a long time, but will not spoil any thing.
- There are specially designed pencils for removing carbon deposits from textile fibers, formed plaque or scale stains from the soleplate. The instructions say to what temperature the iron should be heated, after which the pencil is applied to the heated surface. After that, the sole is wiped with a soft cloth.
Each piece has its own interesting story and the iron is no exception. Modern models of irons have made the ironing process much easier. But in order for it to be comfortable and productive, it is important to pay attention to the little things and eliminate them in time. Moreover, this is not difficult to do.
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