Unplug those washing machines, step aside laundromats: try the Tersa Steam, a machine designed by guys who hate doing laundry.
“Laundry sucks. Ironing sucks. Dry cleaning sucks. So we created a way to do all of these things less.”
Tersa Steam is an automated, wall-mounted textile steam machine that kills bacteria, de-wrinkles, deodorises, adds fragrance and dries any textile in under 10 minutes.
“We wanted a fast, sustainable and user-friendly supplement to traditional textile care,” explain co-founders Aaron Tate, the machine’s inventor, and Charlie Warden, a Colorado State University MBA student who acts as CEO.
Tersa Steam offers a quick 10-minute cycle that uses all-natural distilled water and plant materials to freshen nearly any garment.
Its secret is a simple pod, similar in concept to those you pop into a Nespresso coffee-making machine.
“We wanted a clothing care process that focused on user efficiency. Why not create an all-in-one pod so all you have to do is plug it in and press go?,” the creators explain. “Our pods are designed to be fast, easy and eco-friendly. After you’ve used a pod, simply toss it into the recycling.”
The system is chemical-free and uses five ounces (about 148 mls) of water per cycle/garment. It won’t shrink fabrics and cleans anything from towels and t-shirts to dress shirts and running shoes and jeans. You don’t need a water supply or reservoir, just plug it into a standard wall socket.
Featured on Indiegogo where, at the time of writing, it had raised 73 per cent of its US$30,000 goal, it is scheduled to begin commercial production in October this year, with the first units shipped in May 2018.
“We developed Tersa Steam understanding the limitations and user frustrations that come with a variety of clothing care options,” explain Tate and Warden.
“We wanted a supplement that makes life more efficient by reducing the need for traditional laundry, ironing or hand-held steaming and dry cleaning.”