Laundering instructions for viscose

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Laundering instructions for viscose
Wash viscose fabrics with like colours. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Viscose is made from regenerated wood cellulose and is most often used today to make rayon. It is similar in texture to silk and cotton, is soft, light and does not irritate the skin like harsher fabrics. It can be used to make any variety of fabrics from sheets to clothing. Viscose is a delicate fabric, so take caution when laundering. If your viscose item is labelled with specific laundering instructions, always follow those instructions to insure the best care for the fabric.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Mild detergent
  • Clothes-drying rack
  • Steam iron

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  1. 1

    Sort viscose items according to colour. This will prevent the colours from running into each other in the wash cycle. The best option for sorting is to sort whites into one pile and have another pile for prints and colours.

  2. 2

    Fill your washing machine or hand-washing tub half full. Viscose will wash best in half capacity.

  3. 3

    Add mild washing powder. This detergent should be one that is safe to use on delicates, such as silk. Never use chlorine bleach on viscose.

  4. 4

    Set your laundry cycle to the gentle washing and spin cycle. Make sure that the temperature is set no higher than 37.8 degrees Celsius.

  5. 5

    Hang your viscose items on a line or rack after the wash cycle. Never put them in a dryer.

  6. 6

    Iron any wrinkled items with a steam iron set on a medium-high heat setting.

Tips and warnings

  • If your viscose item's label indicates that it is dry clean only, you should never try to launder it at home. Doing so could permanently damage the item.

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