Does 100% Polyester Shrink?

When it comes to clothing, polyester is one of the easiest clothing to maintain. Polyester rarely requires ironing is you spread the moment it is washed. Polyester also shows less sign of color fading when compared to cotton. It also shows greater resistance to molds and insect attacks and it also does not shrink.

One good thing about polyester is that it is easily affordable and appears very attractive. However, you need to stick to the care instructions if you want to enjoy using polyester for long.

 100% polyester care

Does 100% Polyester Shrink?

Yes, 100% polyester shrink but in some circumstances. Polyester is resistant to shrinkage but if you wash polyester with hot water and harsh detergent or if you iron polyester with excessive heat iron, it can cause shrinkage. Avoid soaking polyester fabrics for too long and drying in a hot dryer. 

If you don't want to shrink your 100% polyester, use normal water and gentle detergent. 140°F water can cause shrinkage so avoid soaking polyester in hot water for too long. Hand wash is best but if you want to use a washing machine use a gentle cycle and give a dry it in open naturally. 

Caring for the Polyester—Washing Instruction

  • Most people fail to read the instructions on clothing before dumping it into the washing machine. Always ensure to read your polyester garment label for proper care instructions.
  • When washing polyester in the dry cleaner, don’t forget to set the machine to the normal cycle. It remains in the best interest to hand wash your polyester with cold or lukewarm water. Also, it is important to avoid the use of harsh detergents when washing your polyester.
  • The best way to wash and dry your polyester is inside out. While you can machine dry as normal, hanging the polyester to dry in the open is best.
  • The good thing is, the fabric dries out fast very fast. Even at this, you rarely find wrinkles on it after drying.
  • Avoid using hot water to wash or excessive heat to iron the fabric. This can cause the material to harden up and begin to shrink. Excessive heat can also cause the colors to fade off gradually.
  • One thing you need to know about polyester is that it absorbs oil. It is, therefore, advisable not to wash your polyester with grease or oil-stained clothes. If possible, always wash polyester fabrics alone.
  • Avoid soaking polyester fabrics for too long in washing solutions. This will affect the appearance of the fabric and cause it to age faster.
  • Polyester may shrink if left in the dryer for too long. Therefore, it is important to remove them from the dryer as soon as possible to prevent them from wrinkling. This will save you the time of trying to iron your polyester fabrics.
  • When you hang the polyester in the shower after washing, this will help the wrinkles to straighten out.
  • Nevertheless, where wrinkles remain after drying, you can steam press the polyester to get rid of wrinkles. When ironing the polyester it is important to stick to the mildest setting, use a pressing cloth underneath. You may also consider pressing your polyester inside out. This will prevent direct contact with the iron plate and also reduce shine.
  • While some iron comes with a polyester setting, others do not. In this case, you can use the nylon setting. This will prevent too much heat from melting the fabric or cause it to harden and shrink.


What if you want your Polyester Fabric to Shrink?

  • What if you purchased your polyester and figured out it’s a little too big and wish to shrink it? What is you are not a fan of complicated sewing adjustments process like me? There are a few things you can do, however, there is no guarantee that it will work.
  • You can soak the polyester in hot water for a while. Avoid keeping it in the water for too long to avoid damaging the fabric. Contact with hot water can shrink the fabric to some degrees.
  • You can also do this in your washing machine by setting the machine to hot. You can also try to shrink the fabric further by using the heat setting in the dryer. You can also use a temperately hot iron to also attempt further shrinking. Don’t forget to always use a pressing cloth.
  • All these methods are, however, at your own risk as there is no guarantee that they will not cause damage to your fabric.


Some of the Problems Associated with Polyester

  • There are quite a number of problems associated with polyester and polyester fabric blends. It is more difficult to press the polyester fabric than other fabrics. After a while, you figure out that the edges begin to curl.
  • Polyester is also difficult to sew. The needle plate finds it difficult to drag the thread through the thin fabric. The needle only succeeds in snagging thread across the surface of the fabric.
  • Polyester fabrics are not breathable and therefore, make it difficult to wear in hot climates. It also retains oil and stains which are difficult to wash off.

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