How to wash polyester

Polyester explained: What it is and how to care for this fabric!

Polyester fabric is one of the most synthetic materials used for clothing. However, you may be left wondering does polyester shrink or can you tumble dry polyester? Find out more about caring and washing polyester clothing.

Hung Up Polyester Jacket

What is polyester?

Polyester is a manufactured fibre made by combining a long-chain synthetic polymer with an ester from a substituted aromatic carboxylic acid. You can find a variety of polyesters, such as PET which is used for soft drink bottles, but can also be extruded as a fibre. It’s a strong fibre that’s resistant to stretching and shrinking, and is also wrinkle resistant. Polyester fabric can be combined with a variety of other fabric fibres as well.

What clothes are made from polyester fibres?

Due to its versatility, in that polyester can be made with a variety of characteristics that make the fabric change its look and feel, you can find polyester used for every type of garment. However, since polyester is durable, especially when blended with other fibres, it’s a great fabric to use for outdoor activities. It’s ideal for wet and damp environments since it’s hydrophobic in nature, especially if it’s coated with a water resistant finish. So you’ll find a number of garments like parkas, outdoor gear and even fleeces made out of polyester.

How to wash polyester fabrics?

How to dry polyester fabrics?

  • Polyester can be tumble dried on a cool setting and won’t shrink.

  • To avoid wrinkles and static build up, remove the garments from the dryer while slightly damp.

How to iron and store polyester fabrics?

While polyester doesn’t tend to wrinkle, if ironing is required use a low heat setting. High temperatures can cause polyester to melt. When it comes to storing your garment, hang or fold the garment based on necessity. Polyester garments can be hung up or folded, depending on the item.

Whether you’re dealing with tough stains or fabrics that require special care, like silk or cashmere, or more durable materials like nylon or cotton, Ariel can help you see outstanding laundry results in the 1st wash.