How to Care for Nylon


Nylon is made from petroleum products. It made its first appearance in the 1930s as an alternative to silk. Nylon is a light material that is strong, durable and used to make a variety of items including hosiery, shirts, pants, carpets and bedding. Nylon is a popular choice for items because of its ease of care and maintenance. Even though it is durable, there is still a right and wrong way to care for your nylon items.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric softener
  • Dryer sheets
  • Clear, mild dish-washing liquid
  • Scrub brush
  • Cloth

Nylon Garments

  • Wash the nylon with a washing machine set on warm.

  • Add fabric softener to the rinse cycle.

  • Tumble the nylon dry on a low heat setting.

  • Add a dryer sheet to the dryer to reduce the amount of static. Remove the nylon from the dryer as soon as the cycle is complete to prevent wrinkles.

  • Iron the item—if necessary—on a low setting.

Nylon Carpets

  • Create a cleaning solution with 1/4 tsp. of a clear, mild dish-washing liquid to every 1 cup of warm water.

  • Saturate a scrub brush in the solution.

  • Scrub the nylon carpet with the scrub brush. Start at the end farthest from the entrance and work towards the door.

  • Rinse the carpet by patting with a damp cloth. Allow to air dry.

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