How to clean chiffon fabric

Updated February 21, 2017

Chiffon is sheer fabric traditionally made from silk; budget chiffon is usually nylon, rayon or polyester; both types of chiffon appear in finer garments and household fabrics like curtains. Due to its sheer nature, designers often use chiffon on top of an opaque fabric in special garments, including wedding dresses. Because of the fabric's delicate nature, it's important to Clean chiffon only when necessary, and to use a silk-friendly washing powder.

Add the fabric to the washing machine and fill with cool water. The ideal temperature is 4.44 degrees Celsius (40 degrees Fahrenheit). Do not add any other clothes to the wash, since silk chiffon can bleed.

Pour a mild washing powder into the washing machine and set the machine to the gentlest cycle possible. Run the machine on the shortest cycle. The longer the chiffon is in the water, the more likely the colours will bleed and fade.

Dry the chiffon in the dryer on a short, cool cycle. Silk does not take long to dry, so watch it carefully and remove it as soon as it is finished so wrinkles don't set.


Use a cool iron on chiffon to get rid of wrinkles. Synthetic chiffon is more durable, but should be washed under the same conditions as silk.


Always check the care label to ensure the fabric is machine-washable. Some silk products need to be dry-cleaned.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild washing powder
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