Polyester is a durable fabric that was popular in the 70’s and has experienced a limited comeback. It holds it’s shape, along with creases and folds, making it popular for clothing. It’s easy to care for but should be handled properly to keep it looking its best.
Caring for Polyester Items
- Polyester can easily be washed and dried, making it very easy to care for.
- Machine wash polyester using the permanent press cycle and warm water wash.
- The fabric has a tendency to be stiff so you may want to add fabric softener during the rinse cycle to give it a softer feel and reduce static electricity.
- Dry polyester on low heat setting in your dryer, or hang on a clothes line to air dry in warmer weather.
- Remove from dryer promptly and hang or fold neatly to avoid unwanted creases.
- Typically, polyester does not require ironing, but if it’s necessary, use a warm iron.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Generally, all polyester can be safely dry cleaned.
- Polyester can scorch and melt so use caution when ironing.
- Avoid over drying as this can lead to shrinkage over time.
- Turn polyester-knit garments inside out before washing to avoid snags.
- To keep white polyester from yellowing, try the following steps:
- Combine 1/2 cup automatic dishwashing detergent and 1 gallon of water (warm works best) in a bucket
- Soak white items in the solution overnight
- Wash as usual
- Add 1/2 cup vinegar to rinse water.