Lyocell explained: What it is, how it's related to tencel, and how to care for these fabrics!
When it comes to caring for your lyocell fabric, a few questions come up – like the question does lyocell shrink or general fabric concerns like is lyocell stretchy or is lyocell breathable. Find out more about lyocell material and clothing!
What is lyocell?
Lyocell, also known as Tencel fabric, is a manmade cellulose fibre most commonly derived from wood pulp, obtained by using an organic solvent spinning process. Raw cellulose is dissolved in a solvent of amine oxide, which is then filtered and extruded into a dilute aqueous bath of amine oxide and coagulated into fibre form. Tencel fibres are absorbent and strong, not to mention wrinkle resistant and can simulate various fabric types, like suede, leather or silk. Lyocell material can be blended with a variety of fabric fibres such as silk, cotton, rayon, linen, wool, and polyester.
What clothes are made from lyocell fibres?
Since lyocell is soft, absorbent and also resistant to wrinkles, you can find all kinds of lyocell clothing or garments containing lyocell in everyday fabrics, such as trousers, jeans and casual wear. You can also get lyocell in filament fibres, which are silkier in appearance and can be used for women’s clothing and men’s shirts.
How to wash lyocell fabrics?
- Check the fabric care label first, since lyocell may be combined with more delicate fabric types.
- Lyocell is a durable fabric, so you can wash it in the machine.
How to dry lyocell fabrics?
- Check the fabric care label to see if your garment can be put in the tumble dryer.
- Most lyocell fabrics can be dried in a dryer on a cool setting.
How to iron and store lyocell fabrics?
You can iron lyocell clothing, just make sure you use a pressing cloth when ironing the right side of the garment. Tencel garments are wrinkle resistant, so they’re easy to store. Whether you choose to fold or hang your garment depends on the item itself. Keep garments in a cool, dry place.
Fabrics come in a variety of colours and textures, which makes the laundry more interesting. Whether you’re dealing with tough stains, or different fabrics like wool, rayon or elastane, Ariel can help you see outstanding stain removal results in the 1st wash.