How to wash polyester—get stains out easily
Polyester is easy to care for, but it does require some TLC just like the best of us. It is a popular fabric because it is lightweight and doesn’t stain easily. That doesn’t mean it never does, though—as you may be, unfortunately, all too aware of! With these tips, you can wash polyester properly—here’s how to get stains out of polyester easily and prevent any shrinkage.
Why does polyester shrink?
Many people get worried that polyester will shrink when washed and that favorite blouse will be lost forever. But don't worry, if you follow these tips, you can wear polyester all year round and wash it easily.
Washing polyester—the temperature matters!
If you want to wash polyester in the washing machine, then it is a good idea to know which settings are better than others. Temperatures that are too hot may destroy the fibers of the clothing. A hot wash might damage the fabric, so a medium wash will be just right.
What about cotton blends?
Polyester is a synthetic fiber that can also be found in blended fabrics. Together with cotton, this creates a very high-quality material. If you want to wash cotton-polyester blended fabrics, then a hot wash is OK.
Wash polyester in the washing machine
Unfortunately, no material is entirely stain repellent, not even polyester. True, the material hardly absorbs any moisture and dries quickly, and this makes it difficult for stains to set. But, annoyingly, they still find their way into the fabric. Here’s how you can get stains out of polyester:
- Choose a quality detergent such as Persil® ProClean® and a stain remover that are suitable for the color and the fabric. A look at the care label will help you with this.
- If present, remove any leftover debris from the clothing. Carefully use the blunt side of a knife or a spoon to do this.
- Dab liquid stains with a dry cloth.
- Rinse the stain with water.
- Pretreat the stain. If the stain has already dried, let the garment soak for a while in warm water with some laundry detergent.
- Wash the clothes at the highest possible temperature according to the garment’s care label—but be careful as this doesn’t mean using the hottest temperature the machine will go to! Just the hottest that the garment can take. This info is on the label too.
- Check if the stain is still visible. If it is, don't be discouraged—just repeat the process.