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71 percent polyester; 27 percent Viscose; 2 percent Elastane. Can you wash a dress with this combination, rather than dry clean it?
My favorite winter sweater is 58 percent silk, 30 percent nylon, and 12 percent angora rabbit hair. The label says "dry clean" which I have always done. However, it has begun to lose shape and needs reshaping.
Does anyone know of a way to safely hand-wash this material so that I can flat-dry/reshape? Thanks!
@Post 33: I have the same dress. Did you hand or machine wash? I am thinking the same.
I have dark blue curtains that are 70 percent Rayon and 30 percent Polyester. Can I machine wash them?
How should I wash my DVF 93 percent viscose, 7 percent spandex dress? Please advise.
If I have a pair of Abercrombie and Fitch shorts that are 48 percent wool, 28 percent polyester and 24 percent acrylic, can I hand wash it? They’re a navy blue and red plaid patterned.
I have an Anne Klein dress, A line dress. The only dress that fits me well. It says dry clean. It’s made of 62 percent polyester/ 36 percent viscose/ 2 percent elastane. The fabric is heavy and seems very strong and durable. It is mostly dark blue except for a pink and red stripe running across the bottom. Since it looks so durable, I am tempted to hand wash it and hang dry to save some money on dry cleaning. But I don’t want to ruin its shape. It doesn’t have anything that can come off, it doesn’t seem delicate, but it is my best fitting dress. I’ve only worn it three times and I don’t have money to buy another nice dress similar to this. It’s not the most expensive, but it’s not the cheapest at $50.
I have a dress that is 90 percent polyester and 10 percent elastic. Can I wash it by hand instead of dry cleaning?
Can I machine wash (on delicate) my white coat?
It’s 89 percent polyester, 1 percent elastane, 10 percent viscose. The reason why I’m asking is I sent it out for dry cleaning and it seems nothing happened. It still looks the same (dirty) and I paid so much.
I note the various "never put wool in your machine" comments. Some machines are specifically designed to run wool/hand wash programs. These are endorsed by organizations representing producers, manufacturers and promoting wool, such as Woolmark in Australia – who are expert in their product.
I was initially doubtful about mine, however provided you use the right sort of detergent (a specific wool wash- without an extra fabric softener, or the gentle hand wash solution you normally would when hand washing) for almost every garment, this has worked out very well for me. The exceptions have been things with hook and eyes or other clasps which have caught unexpectedly, or large loads where items have tangled.
To avoid this. I usually place each garment inside a lingerie bag when using these cycles. (The exceptions are size related) I find it allows me to wear light weight woolens and woolen/silk scarves have the comfort of knowing they’re always clean, without the dry cleaning bill.
If your machine does not have these special cycles, however, it is not the right way to wash these garments. It is a hand wash or dry clean task.
I have a 100 percent cotton bed comforter that says dry clean only. Any suggestions to keep me from spending a fortune on this king sized bed spread?
Can I wash my coat? It says shell 50 percent cotton, 45 percent polyamide, 5 percebt metal fiber, lining 100 percent polyamide.
I ordered a pair of winter white pants online. In the description it said that they were machine washable, but when they arrived the tag said dry clean. They are 62 percent polyester, 34 percent rayon and 4 percent spandex. The lining is 100 percent polyester. Can I hand wash or machine wash them without a problem? And if so, can I use my normal detergent (Tide)?
I have a pair of leggings that are 65 percent rayon/30 percent nylon/5 percent spandex for the main part, and 94 percent polyester/6 percent spandex for one contrast, and 60 percent polyurethane/40 percent rayon for the second contrast. I know I’m dumb for asking, but I take it I can’t hand wash this, right?
I have a jacket that is made up of:
80 percent polyester; 11 percent wool; 4 percent acrylic; 3 percent viscose; 2 percent polyamide.
Would you say this would be OK to machine wash on the hand wash or on the delicates or wool cycle? I’m hoping that because the wool content is only 11 percent that it should be O.K.
One other thing the fabric stores and sewing teachers will tell you: it’s probably best to dry clean any silk prints. For some reason, the dye doesn’t hold really well, and silk prints tend to bleed.
On the other hand, if it’s a solid silk that isn’t satin, and if you don’t mind a slightly sandwashed feel and possible slight change in color, you may be able to hand wash. Do not spot treat – wash the entire garment so the whole thing becomes a giant water "stain." I’ve done silk shells this way for years with no problems.
I’ve had no problem washing dry-clean only 100 percent rayon designer print in cold water, on hand wash cycle. I made sure to drip dry.
For no. 15: Handwashing 100 percent poly should be fine. At fabric stores, all of the 100 percent poly is at least handwashable. May want to drip dry to be safe.
For no. 16: I would not use the machine, mostly because of the stretch in the dress, which could get tweaked if it gets jammed at all. However, based on the fabric content, I think handwashing in the sink and drip dry would be fine.
For no. 17: Nnone of the fibers are the sort that freak out when introduced to water, so handwash/drip dry probably should be OK.
The way my sewing teacher explained it to me, most of the time, the fiber content controls whether you can hand wash or not. The one time this rule doesn’t work well is if there is a lot of structure to the garment, such as a tailored jacket. Thus, for the person with the rayon suit, I would probably dry clean. Also, if you are talking something with matching pieces (such as the suit) where one part needs to be dry cleaned, even if you could wash the skirt/pants by hand, you may not want to because the top and bottom may fade or react differently, so that they won’t look like a suit if the parts are cleaned separately.
The other thing to keep in mind is that high heat is horrible for spandex/elastane and elastic in general. If you have a garment that depends heavily on spandex (like that DVF dress or a nice bra), it will last much longer if washed in cold and dripped dry. Not sure if it was the heat or the chlorine, but I have had the spandex in some really good swimsuits basically melt after only a couple of trips into a hot tub. I personally use the dryer for some of my jeans with spandex because the heavy cotton takes forever to dry, but I try to take them out damp and let them air dry at the end (and I don’t buy expensive jeans).
I have a polyester track suit that is white, and it has a stain on the sleeve from rubbing makeup off of my face, and a little dirt at the bottom.
It has a big foil design and a bunch of sequins on it. It says dry cleaning recommended. I am not concerned about the fabric stretching or shrinking; it’s more the design I am concerned about. Is it safe to bleach and/or handwash this item? I will lay it flat to dry, of course.
There is so much confusing information on the internet about washing wool clothing, so I wanted to post. I got red wine on a 100 percent wool dress that is lined with 100 percent polyester. I pre-sprayed the stains with Shout, left for 10 minutes, then washed it in my (clean) kitchen sink with 1/2 teaspoon Woolite (barely produced suds) and 2 ounces of clear white vinegar. Just enough water to cover the dress.
I let it soak about 20 minutes, drained the water, rinsed with cold water, then recovered the dress and let it sit another 10 minutes. I drained and rinsed again and inspected for the stains. Because I saw no hints of the stains, I carefully rolled the dress, then pressed out all the water I could. I then rolled the dress into a large towel and pressed again. Do not wring.
Because the wool is pretty thick and strong, I hung it on a hanger, on my porch out of direct sunlight. I wanted it to dry quickly so it would not mildew. I pulled the seams slightly to re-lengthen, but only had to do this on one seam. It is nearly dry, perfectly clean and will only need to be steamed with a steamer or pressed through a towel.
Just bought a skirt, cut the price tag off, and then realized it says to dry clean only. I have those Dryel things I could use, but it’s 74 percent rayon, 23 percent nylon and 3 percent spandex, so I’m wondering if I were to gently hand wash it if it would be OK.
I have a DVF tight fitting stretchy dress that is 70 percent cotton polyamide and elastane.
It says dry clean only, but it seems most labels say that these days, because it less costly to say so for everything. Can I machine wash?
I have a dress that has a 100 percent polyester lining and a 100 percent polyester outer fabric/shell. It has an elastic top. The tag says to dry clean.
Can I put it in the hand wash cycle of my washing machine, and lay it flat to dry of course? Do I risk doing ruining this type of garment. It has a black and white floral motif. It was made in China and is from White House/Black Market.
To post 13. You should never use shampoo on wool, as it is a harsh detergent. A good detergent to use is tide gentle, which contains no perfumes or dyes. Furthermore, wool in the washing machine should be avoided unless the machine isn’t entirely automated – that is to say, you can stop the machine before it attempts to drain all the water when it is finished, as this will clog the machine up with collected lint.
To post 11, please never attempt to wash a suit of any kind, as it will destroy the garment. One thing that hasn’t been mentioned is the fact that when something that is dry clean only is put in the wash, it does not only shrink, but also frays and falls apart. This is especially true with rayon fibers, which are notorious for fraying. And lastly, anything that is under 50 percent wool will not felt and/or shrink, ergo a 70 percent acrylic sweater will not felt and is fully machine washable, though it is recommended that it is put only on gentle cycle.
Rayon in your fabric? Dry Clean only rayon will shrink and tear in water.
Polyester/Nylon/Acrylic/Lycra Home/machine wash without a care, but watch out for color-running (though unlikely), or decorations that might come off in the machine. Also, the finish or polish might wash off, but the fabric will be fine. Put dry woven fabric in the dryer, and lay knits flat to dry (though usually they dry fine in the dryer, as well).
Cotton: home/machine wash colored fabric in cold water, whites in hot, colors might run in dark colored fabrics. Poor quality cottons might shrink on the first washing – (ideally cottons fabric must be pre-shrunk before garment construction). Dry in the dryer. Starch or polish on cottons may wash off, cottons can be restarched easily (follow instructions on store-bought starch)
Wool? machine wash cold with woolite, lay flat to dry or for delicate knits agitate in a bucket of cold water with some woolite/shampoo, rinse, do not wring and lay flat to dry on newspaper/cotton towels.
100 percent silk and silk blends are best hand-washed in cold water with a gentle shampoo and can be maintained for many years like this. The fibers are similar to hair and hate acid, so never use vinegar. Watch out for colors running in the first few washes. Silk will not shrink and can be hung to dry or dried in the drier. thin silks tear easily when wet – be gentle. Fabrics might lose polish/starch on washing, so silks can be restarched same as cottons.
If the fabric is 100 percent cotton, it is machine washable. however, if the item is very precious to me, I’d rather hand-wash it. dry cleaning, unless it’s specialist (i.e. it’s done item by item, not in bulk like most laundrette), is bad for most fabric, incl. designer cotton. i have a few overpriced designer cotton dresses, I’ve always been handwashing them and they turn out fine.
I have a rayon suit, there are no washing instructions. can i hand wash it?
At an Indian fire-eating spectacle, the chap blew out the fire liquid in his mouth and it stained a cream jacket my husband was wearing. Do you have any ideas for removing these splashes which are all over the sleeve? Dry cleaning didn’t help.
I have a jacket that is 70 percent polyester and 30 percent rayon, and says "Dry Clean Only" and it’s mustard yellow.
Could I put it in the wash under cold water and gentle cycle and wash it at the same time with a black knit dress (will the colors bleed?)
I have a comforter that is 100 percent polyester and it says dry clean only. How can I spot clean it, when water leaves a mark?
what about a bandage dress which is 79 percent viscose, 15 percent nylon and 6 percent elastane?
if the dress is 100 percent silk, don’t machine wash. I have my deb’s dress and i gave it to the dry cleaners and some beads fell out, so i found a way to wash it. I used light body wash without fragrance.
i left my dress in the bath with cold water (but not too cold) and put some body wash on the places which i needed to wash, then mixed the water around, then let my dress hang over the bath and water dripping and let it dry like this. It turned out great. Hope it helps.
#2 & #3, it contains wool – absolutely do not machine wash it. You might, however, get away with a hand-washing in cool water, lay flat to dry.
the dress is 100 percent silk, lining: 100 percent polyester. will it be okay to machine wash it?
I bought dress pants that say dry clean only and it is 63 percent polyester, 27 percent viscose, 8 percent wool, 2 percent spandex. I also have a front loader that has a wool/hand wash option.
i just got a 70 percent acrylic, 30 percent wool sweater and it is dry clean only. can i machine wash it?
If a fabric is 100% cotton and is a “designer fabric” and says dry clean only, can I machine wash it?
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