Designed mainly for glamour in dresses, gowns, lingerie, scarves and ties, organza can contain a broad range of light and sheer fibres, including silk, rayon, nylon and polyester. Organza may also be used in furnishings such as draperies and upholstery. Organza looks similar to the sheer, delicate and soft chiffon, except organza has a stiffness to it. Manufacturers make organza by using an open weave with exceptionally thin fibres, making organza highly fragile and susceptible to water spots and dye loss. When you need to wash organza, use caution to avoid damaging the fabric.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Large sink
- Mild soap
- Clothing line
- Dry cleaning solvent
- Dry cleaner equipment
Check the label for instructions on how to clean the organza blend you have. Some organza fabrics have labels instructing that you dry clean only.
Use a large sink to soak your organza clothing, ensuring your garment has room to spread out. Crushing your garment can be damaging to the fragile fabric.
Use warm water and a mild soap such as dishwashing detergent and carefully hand wash your delicate organza. Ensure the water temperature remains at 32.2 degrees C by holding a meat or candy thermometer under the hot water faucet. Adjust your electric or gas water heater's thermostat according to the manufacturer's directions if the temperature is higher than 32.2 degrees C. and remember to adjust the hot water heater's thermostats back to their original safe readings according to the appliance's instructions after washing your organza. You can also monitor the water temperature using your thermometer and cold water.
Rinse the organza thoroughly and then line dry. Do not squeeze or wring your clothing to remove water, just hang it up to dry.
Tips and warnings
- Iron your non-polyester organza item on the wrong side at a low temperature using one or two pieces of 100 per cent silk organza cut to 14 by 20 inches. These pieces of silk organza become press cloths, which you place on top of your organza item and iron on top of it. The press cloths also prevent your fabric from getting the shine you may get from ironing directly on top of your fabric.
- If the label on your organza item says "Dry Clean Only," do not attempt to hand wash it -- take the garment to the dry cleaners and ensure they dry clean your organza instead of using the computer controlled "wet cleaning" process some dry cleaners have, which may cause your organza to shrink or fade.
- Do not iron polyester organza, since it will melt, ruining your garment.
- Do not use a steam iron on your silk organza to avoid water stains on your fabric. Use a water spray rather than steam but test it first on an inconspicuous area of the garment.
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