How to Use a Steamer to Steam Clothes
Hang up the garment (on a clothes hanger, on the steamer's hanger if it is full size, or even on your shower rail!). Every steamer is different so read the manual to learn about best practices. This is a general guide only.
Fill the steamer's tank with water. If you live in a hard water area, use distilled water (if possible). That will avoid the build up of minerals in the steamer. When you've filled the tank, plug in and turn on. You should know it's ready - steam will be shooting out in a consistent volume.
Pull your garment taut, touch the material lightly (repeat, lightly) with the steam head and wrinkles will - POOF! - vanish (hopefully!). It's important to combine the steam and the steam head - both in harmony will ensure a smooth finish. Most people move the steam head in an upward motion. Be extra careful around decorative elements.
Some clothes can be steamed better from underneath. It's said to relax the textile and lead to better wrinkle-removal. If you have a stubborn wrinkle, try changing the angle.
Hang pants (trousers, for our British readers) from the cuff.
If you steam with the hose in an upright position, the condensation will be free to drip back into the tank. This is good. If you're bending down a lot (for example, steaming drapes) then stand up from time to time and straighten the hose.
Wearing shoes is a good idea, since hot water might drip out. As with an iron, let the device cool down before moving or storing it. It's better to pour the remaining water out before you put it away.
Finally, if you have a problem with the product you bought, read the Amazon reviews on it. Often times, someone else had the same problem as you and either returned the steamer or found a solution!