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How to wash rayon has been the most asked question by homemakers, when buying linen made with this material. Rayon is a natural based fabric that is made from the cellulose fibers that are contained in wood pulp. These wood fibers are treated with chemicals in the laboratory to get the finished product.
Rayon can be labeled as lyocell, viscose, modal or rayon. Rayon makes up some of the most popular fabrics used today in the clothing industry and in the finishing of home accessories. This is due to the low-cost of the base material and its adaptability. A lot of care is required when washing the rayon. This is due to the fact that it can easily shrink if it comes in contact with hot water. Not all rayon clothing is washable. The ones that are washable should, however, be treated as subtle.
Initially, they were no hand-washable rayon in production until lately. With the creation of the modal and lyocell, users can now hand-wash their fabrics at home.
This kind of rayon is gotten by coating the fabric with a special kind of chemical finish. This chemical treatment helps to preserve the colors. However, the treatment adds to the final production cost. This is why some of the materials are left untreated by manufacturers.
Attempting to hand-wash an untreated rayon at home will cause the colors to damage. The fabric can also get shrunk or damaged. This is why it is important to read the care instructions for every rayon you buy. If it says dry clean only, ensure to stick to the instruction. You wouldn’t love to lose your new garment in a very short time.
There are also a number of treated rayon that will still request you to dry clean only. This is more common for structured garments. This is because, oftentimes, the rayon may be washable but the interfacing may not be.
Unstructured garments can be hand-washed. These include scarves, unlined garments, or tops. This can be done using a mild detergent and cool water. Hand-washing can be very ideal provided you do not twist or wring the wet fabric (this can damage the colors).
4. You can machine wash your rayon: before throwing your rayon into the washing machine, ensure that the label says you can do so. Set your washing machine to either low or medium and set the cycle to delicate. Note that a rayon may get damaged or shrink in the washing machine. This happens when the rayon does not support machine washing.