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.