Caring for Fabrics: Fabric Care explained

Caring for Fabrics: Fabric care explained

Keep your clothing looking its best


With so many fabrics jostling for space in your average wardrobe, you can bet your cotton socks that it pays to know your acetate from your acrylic and your polyolefin from your polyester.

Try this simple guide to keeping your clothes and household fabrics in excellent shape.


Acrylic

General: Acrylic garments can be washed or dry cleaned.

Washing
Use a warm water setting and add a fabric softener during the final rinse cycle
Wash delicate items by hand in warm water

Drying
Tumble dry at low temperature
Remove from the dryer as soon as garments are dry
For delicate items, squeeze out water, smooth or shake out garments and let dry on a non-rust hanger
Sweaters and circular knits should be dried flat

Ironing
If ironing is required, use a moderately warm iron

Additional care points
Cut static electricity by using a fabric softener in every third or fourth wash


Cotton

General: Cotton fabric is typically easy to care for.

Washing
Cotton is easy to wash and can take high temperatures

Drying
Set the dryer hotter for cotton as it takes much longer to dry than less absorbent fibres

Ironing
Cotton can be ironed with a hot iron, and does not scorch easily
Since cotton fibres are fairly in-elastic, cotton fabrics can wrinkle easily and may need frequent pressing

Additional care points
Chlorine bleach can safely be used on cotton whites. Use colour-safe bleach on dyed cottons

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Linens

General: Some linens are washable, while others are dry clean only, so make sure you check the label. Usually, dry cleaning is recommended for linen curtains, upholstery and decorative household items.

Washing
Washable household linens, handkerchiefs and linen clothing can be washed easily and become softer with use

Drying
White linens should be dried in the sun if possible, to help preserve their whiteness

Ironing
Linen fabrics may need frequent pressing, unless they've been treated for crease resistance


Nylon

General: Most items made from nylon can be machine washed and tumble dried at low temperatures.

Washing
Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle

Drying
Use a dryer sheet when tumble drying to minimize static electricity
Remove garments from the dryer as soon as the cycle is finished

Ironing
If ironing is required, use a warm iron


Polyester

General: Most items made from polyester can be machine washed and tumble dried or dry cleaned.

Washing
Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle

Drying
Tumble dry at low temperature setting and remove garments as soon as the cycle is complete

Ironing
If ironing is needed, use a moderately warm iron

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