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What is important when ironing silk, polyester and viscose

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The nice new summer dress, the pretty shirt or the new rain jacket for autumn are completely wrinkled after washing? Before reaching for the iron, it is essential to check the material used. Because sensitive fabrics how Silk, viscose or polyester need special treatment not only when washing, but also when ironing so that the garments are not damaged. The following guide explains how silk, polyester & Co can be made really smooth.

The nice new summer dress, the pretty shirt or the new rain jacket for autumn are completely wrinkled after washing? Before reaching for the iron, it is essential to check the material used. Because sensitive fabrics how Silk, viscose or polyester need special treatment not only when washing, but also when ironing so that the garments are not damaged. The following guide explains how silk, polyester & Co can be made really smooth.

Iron delicate fabrics

While cotton in particular is considered easy to care for and robust, many other fabrics in wardrobes are a little more sensitive when it comes to caring for them. Next to the proper washing is that too correct ironing important to the clothes beautiful and wrinkle-free remains. When ironing delicate fabrics such as silk, polyester or viscose, there are two main points to consider: the correct ironing temperature and the right ironing technique.

Iron the silk

Silk is obtained from the cocoons of unhatched caterpillars and is particularly expensive due to this complex production. The noble fabric is often used for blouses, dresses or shirts. While silk needs special treatment when it comes to washing, ironing is a bit easier. Clothes made of silk are allowed on Level two without steam to be ironed. The fabric should be best for this still slightly damp be. On the Do not moisten with a spray bottle, because unsightly water stains could arise.

Iron polyester

The synthetic fiber polyester is extremely robust and in itself easy to care for. It is mostly used in combination with natural fibers such as cotton to increase comfort. Pure polyester is often used for swimwear, rain jackets or outdoor fashion because it absorbs little moisture. When caring for polyester, the main thing to take into account is that the plastic fibers very sensitive to heat and melt at too high temperatures. Therefore, polyester should only be used at lowest temperature, without steam and on the left to be ironed. In general, however, clothing made of polyester does not wrinkle much, so often even completely no ironing can be.

Iron viscose

Viscose can only be ironed at a low temperature.

Similar to silk, viscose is also one natural fibermade from cellulose from wood. Often times she comes for Shirts, blouses, dresses, t-shirts or as inner lining for use. In addition to its softness and skin-friendliness, viscose also has disadvantages: It is not very elastic and therefore extremely prone to creasing, which makes ironing difficult. Viscose clothing should be like polyester clothing if possible on the left be ironed and at the same time still slightly damp be. The Steam function of Iron may be used as an aid to shorten the ironing time. To protect the material and avoid unwanted shiny spots, a cotton cloth can also be placed between the garment and the steam iron. Ironing should be done on the lowest level respectively.

What to do if fabrics cannot be ironed?

Certain fabrics or material mixes must not be ironed under any circumstances. This is indicated by a crossed iron symbol on the care label. In such cases, however, the garments need not be worn completely covered with wrinkles. Smart alternatives to the Iron without an iron are usually gentler on the material and remove annoying wrinkles.

Ironing tips for sensitive fabrics at a glance

material Ironing temperature / level Ironing technique Other notes
silkUp to 165 ° C / level 2Iron on right side, slightly dampDo not use steam
polyesterUp to 115 ° C / level 1Iron inside outDo not use steam
viscoseUp to 115 ° C / level 1Iron inside out, slightly dampUse of steam possible
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