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Can You Iron Polyester Material?

Can You Iron Polyester Material?

A Brief Guide on Ironing Polyester Material


When it comes to the selection of fabric materials for any particular product, there is a range of options available in the market such as cotton, silk, polyester, wool, nylon, vinyl, and many more. Among all these, polyester is mainly used in fashion and sports clothing as they are moisture-resistant, low heat retention, and lightweight. Be it a garment, table cloth, carpets, or window treatments, polyester is mostly preferred because of its durability and smooth feel. Made of polymers or resin, the unique construction is a great reason for using these fabrics in household items. This material has been highly loved by most homeowners as they are easy to care for, stain-resistant, and don’t stretch out of shape or shrink. Do you know that they are wrinkle resistant too which makes them distinctive and unique from other fabric materials? This is a fabric that can be used for a long time without any maintenance. But sometimes, polyester can also form creases especially when they are new in a package or if you wash them wrong after long use. Though there are various ways of removing wrinkles from your polyester products, we often get to hear whether polyester fabrics can be ironed. Well, the material is basically made of plastic and will melt if the iron is too hot. But if you think that there are too many creases on the polyester surface and nothing is working to get them out, then you can try this method of ironing but following the right instructions.

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Step By Step Ways of Ironing Polyester


You can try to iron polyester if it is very wrinkly and you have no other options. But they cannot be ironed like the way you iron your cotton or other fabric materials. You have to be very careful while doing this task. Follow the below tips and tricks to avoid hassles –

  • Lay your product on a clean flat surface or on an ironing board.
  • Check the product care instructions thoroughly (if available) to check the iron settings.
  • Plug your iron in, turn it on, set it to the right temperature setting and allow it to heat up.
  • Keep a cloth or towel over the product to protect the polyester from direct heat. And run the iron over the piece of cloth.
  • Continue the process until the wrinkles are gone. Always start from the top and then move downside.
  • Once you are done with the ironing part, let it cool and be ready to use them again.
  • If the creases are stubborn, use steam or spray water on the fabric and iron it again.

Note – This is the basic way of ironing your polyester material. The process may vary depending on the product type. For example, for garments, you need to turn the fabric inside out and iron its backside while for window treatments, after ironing, you have to directly hang them on the windows. There are also different types of polyester shades and each of them may require different care. So before you get started, check the manual once or consult with the manufacturer to know the right temperature setting. Always look for professional help as ZebraBlinds is not responsible for any damage to the product.

Things to Follow

  • Polyester should be ironed at a temperature of 300F (148°C) or preferably lower. The iron we use in our home may display the temperature in degrees, but instead, you may find dots that will help you to determine heat intensity. Make sure to always keep the iron in a low or medium setting. You can slowly turn up the temperature if needed.
  • Be sure to keep a tiny piece of cloth over the polyester to avoid direct heat.
  • Test the iron on a small piece of material to check the temperature setting.
  • You can sprinkle some water on the material that will require less heat.
  • Never let the iron sit in one spot, or else it will burn the fabric.
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