Organza is a sheer fabric that has a crisp feel, comes in a variety of colours and holds its shape beautifully. Not surprisingly, it is a popular material for formal party gowns and wedding gowns. Proper care of the fabric depends on whether it has been made with synthetic or natural materials. You can wash synthetic organza in a washing machine and dry it in a dryer without fear of shrinking it. Silk organza, however, is prone to shrinking, so you must wash it by hand and let it air-dry.
Place the organza item into the washing machine, and add the appropriate amount of gentle washing powder to the machine.
Set the machine to a warm, gentle cycle to ensure the organza is washed with gentle agitation at temperatures that are not too warm. Start the machine.
Remove the organza item from the washing machine, and put it in the dryer with a dryer sheet. The dryer sheet will minimise static build-up on the organza. Make sure the dryer is on a low setting to ensure the organza is not exposed to extreme heat. Turn on the dryer.
Allow the organza to dry completely, and remove it promptly when the cycle ends to minimise wrinkling.
Use an iron set at medium-low to remove wrinkles from the organza without scorching it.
Fill a sink with warm water, and add gentle washing powder to the water (consult the recommendations on the product label for the correct measurement). The gentle washing powder is important to ensure the delicate fibres of the silk are not exposed to harsh chemicals.
Add the organza item to the soapy water, and move the item around with your hands to wash it gently.
Drain the soapy water, and rinse the organza item under cool water until the soap is gone.
Add more warm water to the sink, and pour a quarter-cup white vinegar into it. Move the organza item around in the vinegar water to remove all traces of soap. White vinegar neutralises soap and will prevent soap from remaining in the silk fibres. Vinegar also will help organza maintain its natural shine.
Drain the vinegar water, and rinse the organza item one last time with cold water to remove any traces of vinegar odour.
Spread the towel flat, and place the organza item on it. Roll the towel up with the organza item inside it to remove as much excess water as possible. Leave the organza item rolled up for several minutes to allow the towel to absorb the excess moisture.
Lay the organza item flat on a dry towel, or hang it from a hanger instead of drying it in a dryer. The heat of the dryer will shrink silk organza.
Iron the organza item on a medium-low setting while the item is still somewhat damp. The medium-low temperature is safe enough to prevent scorching the silk fibres, and ironing the organza while it is still damp will help remove the wrinkles.
- To prevent damaging organza fibres, never wring out an organza item when it is wet.