How to Remove Shiny Iron Spots from Polyester


Whether it’s a single spot or your entire piece has become shiny, iron marks on polyester and synthetic clothing can be a real pain.

These shiny spots are created when the hot iron touches the fibers of the clothing and causes them to melt. Unfortunately, there is no way to “undo” this melting once it has occurred. The best method is prevention in this case. When ironing synthetics, such as polyester, be aware of the following guidelines:

  • Always use a cool to warm iron (low to medium heat). Unlike some other fabrics, polyester does not require a high level of heat to remove wrinkles. Most irons have separate polyester settings that help identify the proper temperature.
  • It is also helpful to cover the clothing with a pressing cloth to keep the iron from touching the fabric. A moist pressing cloth will help remove wrinkles.
  • A mixture of vinegar and water can be sprayed on to the fabric prior to ironing to help set or remove a crease.
  • Once the piece is ironed, hang it immediately to avoid any further wrinkling.
  • If the piece is severely wrinkled, it may be best to wash it again and hang it to dry. Often the weight of the material will remove most wrinkles as it dries.


  1. Tray says:

    I have a pair of 100% polyester shorts that I absolutely can not get wrinkle-free (it was sitting crumpled up in a pile of clothes for weeks). I tried ironing it with a pressing cloth, pressing it directly, washing it and letting it hang dry, spraying it with a water and vinegar solution and then ironing it again. Nothing works, and yes, I pressed REALLY hard when ironing and went at it for a good long while.

  2. Jmedelman says:

    You did everything wrong. Leaving wrinkled for long period of time is same as leaving it in the dryer too long; SET WRINKLES. The SHINE means that the poly melted from the hot iron. No way to cure it; sorry. You should have washed cold, let tumble in warm dryer till damp, then hung to dry. Very little touch up is needed with a lukewarm iron.

  3. myra says:

    To remove shine, place the section in question right side up on ironing board and cover with a damp cloth. Hold a hot iron over the cloth until it steams. The iron should not touch the pressing cloth. Remove the pressing cloth and brush lightly with a clothes brush.

  4. Carleen says:

    Myra, if this method works, you’ll be my new best friend! I bought a beautiful jacket at the thrift store. Rushing and bad lighting made me miss the mark. I hate to throw this one out. I ordered a clothes brush (not easy to find and can be expensive) and I am going to pick up a pressing cloth at Joanne’s. We’ll give it a try. Thanks.

  5. Janet says:

    Is there anything I can use in place of a press cloth? Thanks.

  6. Gina says:

    Use an old cotton sheet or cotton pillow case.

  7. Raf says:

    I am having a problem removing the iron stain mark from my son’s uniform. What should I do?

  8. Tiemen says:

    If all else fails, take a fine sandpaper and gently stroke the fabric to separate the fibers. But don’t be too rough!

  9. Jane says:

    I have a set of black out curtain which is made by polyester. My tenant washed it with washing machine and dried it. But the curtain fabric looks like many creases and wrinkles set on it. The creases and wrinkles cannot be remove after we tried many times to iron it by steamer iron. So what can we do on it in order to remove the wrinkles? Is that curtain spoiled? It doesn’t looks smooth at all now. We are sincerely seeking professional advice. Thank you.

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