With so many fabrics now on the market, it pays to know how to keep your clothes and fabrics in the best possible shape.
Here are some helpful tips on how to handle certain fabrics.
General: Usually best dry cleaned. If laundering is indicated as an option, here’s what to do:
Hand wash in warm water with mild suds. Do not soak coloured items.
Do not twist or wring out the garment.
Circular knits should be laid flat to dry.
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.
General: Lyocell garments may be either machine washed and dried or dry cleaned, so check the label.
Machine wash at low temperatures.
Tumble dry at low temperatures and remove from dryer as soon as the garment is dry.
Should ironing be required, use a moderately warm iron.
General: Most items made from polyolefin can be washed or dry cleaned.
Most stains can easily be removed by sponging with lukewarm water and detergent or machine washing.
This fabric should be line dried or tumble dried with gentle or no heat.
This fabric cannot be ironed.
General: Majority of rayon garments should be dry cleaned, but some can be hand or machine washed.
Use mild lukewarm or cool suds. Gently squeeze suds through the fabric and rinse in lukewarm water.
Do not wring or twist the garment. Smooth or shake out the item and place on non-rust hanger to dry. Make sure that Rayon sweaters are laid flat to dry.
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.
Hand or machine wash in lukewarm water and rinse thoroughly.
Drip dry or if tumble drying, use a low temperature setting.
Iron quickly on a cool setting and never 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.
General: Articles containing triacetate require little care, mainly because of the fibre's resistance to heat.
Pleated garments are best hand washed. Most other garments containing 100% triacetate can be machine washed.
A high temperature setting may be used.