Nylon is used in a number of items and garments, including hosiery, track pants, shorts, active wear, jackets, bedspreads, draperies, parachutes, umbrellas and luggage.
Generally, nylon is easy to care for, but it shouldn’t be taken for granted.
- When machine washing your nylon items, use cold water setting and cycle suggested by the tag on the particular item. If you are unsure of the best cycle to use, always use the gentle cycle to be safe.
- Wash nylon separately from other types of fabric.
- An all-purpose laundry detergent should be sufficient for nylon. For more delicate items, use a mild detergent like Woolite or Dreft.
- Use only non-chlorine bleach on nylon if needed.
- If you dry your nylon in the dryer (as opposed to drip-dry), make sure the dryer is set on its lowest setting, and remove items promptly when cycle is finished.
- Iron when necessary, using a cool setting. Nylon can melt easily, so you should never use a warm or hot iron setting.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Extensive washing and automatic drying of certain more delicate nylon items can lead to “piling” (i.e. annoying little nubs on the fabric). To avoid this, hand-wash and drip dry when possible.
- When cleaning delicate nylon such as lingerie and hosiery, always put the items in a mesh bag for machien washing or wash them by hang. Use warm water along with a gentle detergent for best results. Hang or lay flat to dry.
- Adding fabric softener either to the rinse cycle in the washer or with a dryer sheet in the dryer will greatly reduce the static on nylon.