Can I Wash a Poly & Rayon Blend?

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Can I Wash a Poly & Rayon Blend?
Rayon garments with at least 30 per cent polyester are safe to machine wash. (Martin Poole/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Rayon-polyester blends dry quickly and have a comfortable, stretchy feel. The fabric works well for exercise clothing, sweaters and unstructured jackets and trousers. Special finishes may give the fabric a slight sheen. Most rayon-polyester blends are washable, but check the care label first. Dry-clean garments with decorative trim to avoid damage.

Fabric Content

Regular or viscose rayon is prone to stretching or shrinking when wet. Dry-clean it for best results. If the rayon fabric contains at least 30 per cent polyester, it is safe to machine or hand wash, according to the Ohio State University Extension. Line dry rayon blends or tumble dry on low and remove promptly to avoid wrinkles or shrinkage.

Care Labels

Always read the care label before washing new apparel. If a delicate item's care label indicates it is machine washable, proceed with caution. Wash the item in a gentle warm cycle, using a mild detergent. If the item was expensive or has fine detailing, consider having it dry-cleaned instead.

Stain Removal

Manufactured fabrics, such as polyester, seem to attract oily stains. If the item is washable, dab the stain with a stain remover product or liquid detergent and launder in warm water. Do not put the clothing in the dryer if the stain remains. The heat from the dryer will set the stain. Repeat the process, instead, until the stain is gone. Diluted chlorine bleach is safe for white rayon, but repeated use may weaken the fibres.

General Care

Wrinkles are almost impossible to get out of synthetic fabrics because the fabrics melt at fairly low iron temperatures. The best strategy is to avoid wrinkles in the first place. Do not overload the washing machine, dry the clothing on a low, tumble dry cycle and remove the clothing promptly. Hang the clothing on a hanger and store it in an uncrowded closet.

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