How to Wash a Rayon Polyester Blend

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Rayon and polyester clothing are a confusing blend, in terms of care. Rayon is a more delicate fabric that is prone to shrinkage. Polyester is a tougher fabric, able to withstand hotter temperatures. So when it comes to washing a blended fabric, the confusion is over how to treat it so it looks clean and wrinkle-free. Garment care experts recommend looking to the tag first for direction, but to stay on the safe side by washing the garment based on the most delicate material's needs.

Things You'll Need

  • Detergent
  • Hangers or clothesline

Pour a laundry detergent into the washing machine's detergent receptacle, based on your washing machine manufacturer's directions.

Select a cold water, gentle cycle on your washing machine.

Place your rayon polyester blend clothing in the washer.

Press the "Start" button to run the cycle.

Remove the clothing from the washer after the cycle finishes.

Place the garments on individual hangers to hang dry. Or place outside on a clothesline to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Heat will shrink rayon, but you can throw the garment into a dryer for a few minutes to tumble dry on cool.
  • Instead of washing in a machine, you can dry clean or hand wash the garments.
  • When hang drying, absorb excess water by rolling the garment in a towel first.

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