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How to wash chiffon

Updated February 21, 2017

Chiffon is a sheer and delicate fabric that can be made from nylon, silk, polyester or rayon. Chiffon has been used as an opaque fabric for curtains, dresses or other special garments. As most chiffon fabrics can only be dry-cleaned, be sure to read your item's label carefully before washing the fabric. In some cases, a chiffon fabric can be hand-washed with a mild detergent and air dried. Stay away from high heat when cleaning or drying chiffon due to the damage it could cause to the fabric's fibres.

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  1. Fill the sink or bucket with cool or lukewarm water. Do not use hot water or the chiffon may shrink.

  2. Add a capful of mild hand-washing detergent to the water and use your hand to mix the detergent well.

  3. Place the fabric into the water and allow it to soak for a few minutes.

  4. Stir the fabric in the soapy water to clean it thoroughly. You may also scrub the garment against a washboard.

  5. Empty the sink or bucket and refill with it with cold water.

  6. Swirl the garment around in the water to remove the detergent. You may have to do this a few times to thoroughly remove all traces of the detergent.

  7. Squeeze as much water from the garment as possible and arrange it on a flat dry surface. Allow the fabric to air dry.

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Things You'll Need

  • Sink or plastic washtub
  • Water
  • Mild hand-washing detergent

About the Author

Resonna Shaw has been a writer since 2008, for personal enjoyment and for various websites. Shaw holds a bachelor's degree in human resources from DeVry University and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Keller University.

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