Synthetic fabrics have become a staple in our modern wardrobes and homes due to their durability, affordability, and versatility. From polyester and nylon to spandex and acrylic, these materials are used in everything from clothing and upholstery to bedding and curtains. However, cleaning synthetic fabrics can sometimes be a bit tricky. Here’s how to keep them looking their best:
First and foremost, always read the fabric care label before cleaning. This will have the most accurate information, particularly for laundering. It can be helpful to know what these symbols mean so you can follow recommendations for washing and drying temperatures. Most synthetic fabrics do well in a washing machine, using a cold-water wash. Delicate synthetic fabrics like lingerie or swimwear may benefit from hand washing. Bleach and ironing are usually to be avoided to avoid damaging the fibers. Air drying, out of direct sunlight, instead of using the dryer can help reduce wear and tear.
One of the common complaints around synthetic fabrics is that it can trap odors over time. There are laundry detergents designed specifically to help remove these odors. This can be a good investment for someone with a lot of athletic wear.
Another consideration is that some synthetic fabrics can be prone to pilling. To reduce pilling, turn the garment inside out before washing. Remove pills that have formed with a lint roller.
That’s it! With a little care, you can keep your synthetic fabric items looking fresh and vibrant for a long time to come.