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How to Wash Different Types of Fabrics? An Unparallel Guide

It's obvious that not all clothes are the same. Therefore, it should also be understood that all the different fabric types require different washing and drying treatments.

Have you ever experienced the disappointment that we feel when your new clothes get stained because you washed it together with other clothes to save time and electricity 😞

It will happen again if you do not know How to Wash Different Types of Fabrics.

Being a Laundry Expert and dealing with different types of fabric at “”, I am now master at sorting clothes on the basis of their fabric, color, age, etc.

Let’s discuss some of the basic fabric types and their washing requirements one by one.

How to Wash Cotton Stuff?

Although cotton is quite a tough fabric and can withstand washing at warmer temperatures (up to 40 degrees), still, it is still known to shrink, especially when washed with another fabric. Therefore, it is advisable to always check the washing directions on the care label to avoid such issues.

“I’ll suggest washing cotton in Luke's warm water (at about 30 degrees) to prevent color fading, which is the true challenge with cotton.”

It's also crucial to note that some dyes won't ever fully repair, so you should always sort out the white and dark-colored clothes before washing. Also, keep your jeans separate from white clothes (indigo dyes always bleed and never set fully).

How to Wash Batik Stuff?

As we know batik fabrics have loose dyes because of their unique colors and patterns, and always bleed colors no matter how old they are.

“I’ll recommend you to hand wash the batik fabric separately in cold water, be careful with dark colors due to the fabric’s special dyeing method. Never use a bleaching agent or tumble dry batik fabric and always iron by turning them inside out.”

How to Wash Denim?

Denim or jeans are that favorite piece of cloth that we wear the whole day, either going outside or staying inside.

If you do not want your jeans to shrink after coming out of the washing machine (and it is not a myth that jeans shrink in washing machines), you should be well aware of its accurate washing method. So here is the trick to washing denim without affecting its quality and color:

“Always turn denim inside out so that it would not get any abrasion that usually occurs during the washing process. Secondly, it is preferable to wash it in cold water to prevent color bleeding.”

PS (PostScript): Denim doesn't mean blue only; most of the recent collections of well-known bands have a wide range of different shades and beautiful designs.

How to Wash Wool Fabric?

Do you ever lose your or your baby’s lovely wool sweater by washing it in the wrong way?

If your answer is Yes, then the following instruction is a must for you. Wool naturally resists stains, odors, and creases, so it doesn't need to be washed all that frequently.

“Use the wool cycle when washing wool, keep the temperature below 30 degrees, and if your machine doesn't have a wool cycle, use a delicate wash or a cold-water wash instead. Additionally, never tumble dry any wool.”

On the other hand, washing wool clothes by hand is also better. If washing by hand, turn it inside out, soak it in lukewarm water for some time, and then rinse.

How to Wash Viscose?

Viscose shrinks more than wool when washed and if you love this stuff, you must have lost many of your favorite clothes because of the wrong washing ways.

“The best way to wash viscose is by hand. However, if you have to wash in the machine, then prefer a delicate cycle, turn the clothe inside out, and wash in cold water.”

But the most important step is in the drying process; line drying is the only recommended way and never put it in the dryer for drying.

How to Wash Acrylic?

Acrylic is a warm and soft fabric, just like wool, and is used to make hats. Sweaters, socks, and gloves. It also shrinks and color bleeds if not washed properly.

“Hand washing is the preferred and the safest method. If washing in the machine, wash at the gentle cycle in lukewarm water and add fabric softener for better washing. choose low heat while drying in a dryer.”

How to Wash Fleece?

Fleece is a baby fabric, super smooth and warm. It is commonly used in making baby sleepers, blankets, clothes, etc. It requires special care while washing otherwise you will lose its smoothness.

“Hand washing is the preferred way if washing in the machine, turn the garment inside out, wash at delicate cycle, and use a mild detergent. Dry at “air fluff mode” in the dryer.”

How to Wash Polyester?

Polyester is mostly used to fill pillows, blankets, sheets, curtains, etc. It is fragile stuff and needs care while washing and drying.

“Wash Polyester at “Permanent Press Cycle” in washing machines and add fabric softener for better results. While drying, set the dryer at low heat (the best way is to air dry the polyester).”

How to Wash Silk?

Silk is made up of protein fibers of silkworms and is widely used in making fancy dresses. The best way to clean silk clothing is:

“To dry clean it, or hand washes only.”

How to Wash Spandex?

Spandex is stretchable stuff used in manufacturing swimming suits, tights, belts, undergarments, etc. The best way to wash spandex clothing is as follows:

“To hand wash it in lukewarm water but do not ring or twist. Use low heat cycle while drying in the dryer.”


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