Fabric Care for Polyester

by Kelly Nuttall ; Updated September 28, 2017

Polyester Fabric

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Polyester is a synthetic fabric that has been used for years to make all types of clothing and linens. It is a tough fabric and can be resistant to wrinkling. Polyester is easy to care for, but it does lock stains in, making them difficult to get out, though not impossible. Some polyesters may need to be dry cleaned, depending on the quality and if they are blended with other fabrics, so always check the care instructions sewn to the inside of the garment.

Items you will need

  • Fabric stain remover
  • All-purpose laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Iron
Step 1

Gently rub stain remover over any area with a stain. Allow the stain remover to penetrate the fabric for 10 to 20 minutes before laundering. If the garment is white, consider soaking the fabric for 24 hours in a gallon of water and 1/3 cup of automatic dishwashing soap before laundering.

Step 2

Place the garment into the washing machine and fill with warm water and one scoop of all purpose laundry detergent. Run the machine on the normal cycle.

Step 3

Add fabric softener before the final rinse cycle. Polyester is sensitive to static electricity and using a fabric softener will help to prevent that.

Step 4

Tumble dry on the lowest temperature. Polyester does shrink so you want to avoid heat as much as possible. Dry the garment for about 10 minutes and then remove it from the dryer. This short drying time will help to remove any wrinkles.

Step 5

Hang or lay the garment out to complete the drying time. This is to avoid any chance of the garment shrinking. If it becomes to dry in the dryer it may shrink so it is better to air dry the garment.

Step 6

Press the polyester fabric using moderate heat or steam. Do not use the cotton setting; this will burn your polyester fabric.

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About the Author

Kelly Nuttall is a student at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2011 with her bachelor's degree in technical communications. She has been writing for various websites since March of 2009.