Do you know how to care for your linen, silk and rayon? Will you iron them? Or, will you steam them? In general, different fabrics have different care. We have to read care instructions on tags before ironing or steaming. However, what if there is no care instruction? Here are some tips to help you.
Linen is much more durable than most silks although it is actually made from treated silk. If you want to remove wrinkles from linen, you can iron it when it is slightly damp. To keep it damp, you can use steam from your iron. Put any decorations face down on a towel. Iron the linen on the wrong side with gentle pressure and low heat. You can use starch if you want your linens to be crisp. You can use sizing if you want them softer. You can iron both sides of the fabric to make a shinier look.
When ironing silk, silk is very easily burned, misshapen or stretched. Therefore, steaming is highly preferred with silks. You can stem it on your dryer with a steam setting. Or, you can hang it in the bathroom with the shower on hot. Or, you can use a garment steamer. To keep the shape of silk, you had better hang your silk items on wide clothes hangers. Cedar hangers are a good choice for silk items, for they not only will keep the garment’s front and back from touching but also absorb moisture that may be left in the shoulder seams.
You have to check your iron for a silk setting if you want to iron you silks, and this should be the lowest setting. Turn the steam up to high and work quickly. Then, iron the wrong side of the fabric with the right side face down on a towel. Never iron one place for long time. Test an inconspicuous area before ironing, for ironing silk can sometimes change the sheen or texture of the fabric.
Rayon is a synthetic and comes in a lot of different forms. Thus, sometimes, it is hard to care for rayon. Two different items can say “rayon” on the tag, and look the same, but they require totally different care. Read care instructions before caring for individual rayon garment. You should treat it like it is the most delicate form of rayon if you are not sure what the care instructions are. Ironing with steam can cause the dyes to run away from wet spots, which will ruin the garment. Never use steam unless the tag says that it is okay. But, you are able to use your iron on its lowest setting, or a synthetic setting, with no steam.
- Turn the garment inside out.
- Iron face down on a towel or ironing cloth.
- Move quickly when ironing. Do not hang around in one spot for too long.
- Hang rayon garments on clothes hangers to cool as soon as finishing the ironing.
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