The Ultimate Fabric Care Guide
Every type of fabric requires a personalized care routine, which can make cleaning and laundry very complicated. Here is a list of some of the most common fabrics, their qualities, and how to care for them.
Polyester-Chances are, you have quite a bit of polyester in your closet. It’s one of the most used synthetic fibers in clothing due to its wrinkle and shrink resistant qualities. Polyester can be washed in your machine at home with no issue.
Linen- Due to its breathable texture and lightweight feel, linen is a favorite for warm days. While some linen blends can be washed in your machine at home, it is particularly difficult to press, even with professional machinery. If you want to keep the original look and feel of linen, it should be dry-cleaned.
Silk- Luxurious as it may be, silk items take a little extra care. Some silk items have already been treated and pre-shrunk but it’s best to check the label before tossing it in the washing machine. For best results, your silk items should be dry-cleaned.
Cotton- This versatile fabric typically doesn’t call for specialized care. Because it’s one of the most popular fabrics used for clothing, most all cotton items have been pre-treated and shrunk and are ready to be washed in your washing machine.
Rayon- Similar to cotton and linen, rayon is a comfortable fabric that seems to get even more cozy with wear. Since it’s made from natural fibers and prone to shrinking, rayon should be dry-cleaned or carefully hand washed.
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