How to Get Wrinkles Out of Nylon

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Only use low settings when you iron nylon clothes.
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Nylon isn't only used for pantyhose and for good reason. It is stretchy, very soft, sweat-wicking and mold- and mildew-resistant. Nylon is a synthetic material, so it is more wrinkle-resistant than natural materials, like cotton and silk. However, this material can still wrinkle. You can iron nylon to get it looking nice and smooth again. When you do need to iron it, you will have to be extremely careful, especially if it is thin nylon.

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How to Iron Nylon

The first step in successful ironing is to read the fabric label. Some will not include ironing instructions, so it is always best to start out on the lowest setting on an inside seam. Some iron manufacturers include a chart on their website that lists different fabrics along with the recommended iron temperature settings and whether or not you can use steam.

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Synthetic fabrics should be ironed on lower settings, and steam should not be used. This includes nylon, acrylic and acetate. When you want to iron nylon clothes, you can use the iron's spray setting for a bit of water, but otherwise, the iron should be dry. Do not iron nylon pantyhose. Hand wash them with gentle detergent and let them air dry.

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Polyester is a similar fabric, but it should be ironed a bit differently. The material should be damp (it can also be spritzed with the spray setting as well) and ironed on low or medium heat. Silk and wool should be ironed on medium heat with no steam. This includes flannel and cashmere. Set the heat to high for linen and cotton fabrics and use steam as needed. Spray may also be used to dampen the material.

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Other Ways to Remove Wrinkles

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Although ironing can be relaxing for some people, many people don't find it a pleasurable pastime. One way to get wrinkles out of nylon without using an iron is by making a wrinkle-releaser spray, which is made with 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener and 1 cup of distilled water. Combine these in an empty spray bottle and apply it to the item.

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You might find that one part of white vinegar and three parts of water can also work, but it certainly doesn't smell as nice (you can add some essential oil to help with that). Commercial wrinkle-remover sprays can also be effective. You can hang the garment on the shower rod, spray away and give it time to dry.

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Harness the Power of Humidity

Wrinkled clothing can be hung up in the bathroom while you are in the shower. Hang your clothing on a hook near the shower while you are washing and transfer the hung-up clothes to the shower rod when you are done.

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You can also spray water on the garment and dry it with a hair dryer or toss it back into the dryer on high for five to 10 minutes. Remove the garment immediately and put it on a hanger. A hair flat iron can also work but start with the lowest setting first.

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