Caring for Fabrics: Keep your clothing looking its best

Caring for Fabrics: Keep your clothing looking its best

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.


Acetate
General: Usually best dry cleaned. If laundering is indicated as an option, here’s what to do:

Washing
Hand wash in warm water with mild suds
Do not soak coloured items

Drying
Do not twist or wring out the garment
Circular knits should be laid flat to dry

Ironing
Whilst still damp, press on the wrong side with a cool iron. If finishing the right side, use a pressing cloth

Additional care points
Be aware, acetate is adversely affected by acetone and other organic solvents, such as nail polish remover and perfumes containing such solvents

 

Lyocell
General: Lyocell garments may be either machine washed and dried or dry cleaned, so check the label.

Washing
Machine wash at low temperatures

Drying
Tumble dry at low temperatures
Remove from dryer as soon as the garment is dry

Ironing
If ironing is required, use a moderately warm iron

 

Polyolefin
General: Most items made from polyolefin can be washed or dry cleaned.

Washing
Most stains can easily be removed by sponging with lukewarm water and detergent
Machine washing is also an option

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Drying
This fabric should be line dried or tumble dried with gentle or no heat

Ironing
Do not iron

 

Rayon
General: Most rayon garments should be dry cleaned, but some can be hand or machine washed

Washing
Use mild lukewarm or cool suds. Gently squeeze suds through the fabric and rinse in lukewarm water

Drying
Do not wring or twist the garment
Smooth or shake out the item and place on non-rust hanger to dry
Rayon sweaters should be laid flat to dry

Ironing
While still damp, press the wrong side of the fabric with the iron at a moderate setting. If finishing on the right side, use a pressing cloth
Between wearings, rayon articles may be pressed with a cool iron

 

Spandex
Washing
Hand or machine wash in lukewarm water
Rinse thoroughly

Drying
Drip dry or if tumble drying, use a low temperature setting

Ironing
Iron quickly on a cool setting and do not leave the iron in one place for too long

Additional care points
Do not use chlorine bleach on any fabric containing spandex; only colour-safe bleach


Triacetate

General: Articles containing triacetate require little care, mainly because of the fibre's resistance to heat.

Washing
Pleated garments are best hand washed. Most other garments containing 100% triacetate can be machine washed

Ironing
A high temperature setting may be used

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