Polyester is a durable fabric used to make a lot of different types of clothing, including pants. Luckily, it's easy to care for, and getting wrinkles out of polyester is relatively simple. However, polyester wrinkles easily and doesn't respond well to high heat. If you have wrinkles in your polyester, it won't take long to remove them.
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Getting Wrinkles Out of Polyester
The least labor-intensive method for getting wrinkles out of polyester is to wash and dry the item again. To get the wrinkles out while doing the least damage to the clothing, you'll want to follow the care instructions as best as possible. Check the garment's care instructions, usually found on a tag at the back of the collar or sewn into a seam.
For most polyester items, wash in cold or cool water with like colors using the regular or delicate cycle. You can line dry the garment, but usually, polyester can be machine dried on low or medium heat. Remove the garment from the dryer as soon as the cycle finishes. You should hang the article of clothing rather than folding it to prevent other creases.
If you don't have time to launder your clothes thoroughly, you can also use a steamer to remove creases from your polyester items. Polyester is durable and can always get wet, but it burns quickly, so set your steamer to a low setting or even the lowest setting. You can always turn it up as needed if you start with the lowest setting. Hang your polyester garment and then use the steamer on the wrinkles and creases, pulling them straight as you go. Leave the garment hanging to dry, which should only take a couple of minutes since steamers use a small amount of water.
How to Iron Polyester
High heat isn't suitable for polyester. It can quickly burn the fabric and ruin the garment. If you're going to use an iron, you'll want to set it to the lowest setting and turn the garment inside out. You don't want the hot iron to be placed directly on the part of the clothing everyone sees just in case.
Place the garment on an ironing board or other iron-safe surface as you would any other garment. Smooth the clothing so that you don't create any new wrinkles. Spray the clothing with clean water from a squirt bottle. It should be damp but not soaked.
Take a clean, lint-free towel and cover the garment. This towel creates a barrier between the article of clothing and the heat. Iron the garment through the towel as you usually would, moving the appliance back and forth. Lift the towel occasionally to ensure the garment is still flat and the ironing is working. If not, try turning up the heat but leave the towel in place between the iron and the garment.
Preventing Wrinkles in Your Polyester Clothing
To prevent your polyester clothing from creasing or wrinkling in the first place, don't leave it in the dryer once the cycle is complete. Instead, take the items out right away and hang them. If you leave them in the dryer for too long, you're encouraging them to gather those hard-to-remove creases.
Another thing that you can do to prevent wrinkles is to leave your polyester garments on hangers rather than folding them in a drawer or on a shelf. Polyester can wrinkle pretty easily, and when you fold a garment, it is almost guaranteed to wrinkle.
Finally, you can spray your polyester clothes with an anti-wrinkle product. These are readily available by the laundry supplies at most home stores, and they are a low-maintenance way to make sure your polyester clothing is always good to go.