How to Remove Wrinkles From Acetate

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Acetate fabric is a mix of synthetic and natural materials united to make a unique material. Acetate fabric is more commonly known as rayon. Acetate can wrinkle easily, however, it is possible to remove these wrinkles from acetate fabric within two to three hours. All it takes is an iron, some detergent and a little TLC.

Things You'll Need

  • Acetate fabric or clothing
  • Washing machine or sink
  • Detergent
  • Cold water
  • Towel
  • Iron
  • Press cloth
  • Non-metal hanger

Step 1

Wash the acetate by hand or use the delicate setting on your washing machine. Use a mild detergent and cold water. Do not use any bleaches or other chemicals. This can damage the fabric.

Step 2

Remove the fabric from the washer or sink. Do not wring out. Gently squeeze the excess water out of the fabric. Lay the fabric on a large towel and roll the towel up with the fabric inside. Let sit for several minutes. Unroll and lay the fabric flat to dry.

Step 3

Iron the acetate fabric when still slightly damp for best results. Use a press cloth between the iron and the acetate to protect the fabric. Iron on the wrong side of the fabric. Iron slowly to prevent stretching and tearing. Iron the fabric until dry.

Step 4

Iron the fabric when dry to eliminate further wrinkles. Stretch the fabric flat, and use a press cloth to protect the fabric. As long as the press cloth is used, you can iron the right side of the fabric. Iron slowly, taking care to not create any additional wrinkles with the iron.

Step 5

Hang the acetate garment from a non-metal hanger. This will prevent the fabric from rusting. Provide enough room around the acetate garment to keep other clothing from touching and squeezing the garment, creating more wrinkles.

Tip

  • Make sure the sink used to hand wash the fabric is clean. Chemicals and dirt in a dirty sink can become embedded into the fabric fibers, creating stains or water marks.

Warning

  • Never iron acetate or rayon without a press cloth. The iron will melt some of the fibers, which cause the fabric to appear shiny.

    Do not use the steam setting on your iron for acetate fabrics.

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