Polyester is a synthetic fiber used for clothing due to its durable qualities that make it a long-lasting investment. Polyester apparel is strong, colorfast and resistant to wrinkles and most stains. Water-based liquids such as grape juice and blood don't usually damage polyester. However, oil-based stains such as lipstick and motor oil tend to last. The sooner you are able to remove a stain from polyester, the better the results will appear.
Things You'll Need
- Stain remover
- Pre-wash soil remover
- Laundry detergent
- Chlorine bleach (optional)
Scrub the stain immediately, or as soon as possible using a stain remover and warm water.
Treat the stain with a pre-wash soil remover before the wash.
Turn the garment inside out.
Put the garment in the washing machine with an all-purpose detergent on the warm water setting.
Add chlorine bleach if necessary, unless the washing instructions on the tag discourage it.
Repeat steps 2 through 5 if the stain persists.
Dry the garment at a low temperature on the tumble-dry setting to reduce shrinking.
Tips & Warnings
- Don't use excessive heat on polyester because it tends to shrink over time.
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