Polyester is an artificial, synthetic fiber obtained from petroleum. Many polyester fibers are made of a hydrocarbon called ethylene. Ethylene glycol is combined with an acid to produce polyester. In short, polyester is a kind of plastic. Polyester is one of the most well-known and commonly used materials in the world. This fiber can be used for anything from house furniture, clothing, technology, industrial use, insulation, and so on. It comes with many benefits like:
- Polyester is moisture-resistant which makes them suitable for workout gear,
- Polyester fiber is excellent for soil, fire, and water-resistant finish,
- Some polyester is stain resistant,
- They don’t go out of shape or shrink,
- They are easy to dye,
- Polyester behaves like a hypoallergenic insulator,
- Polyester fiber is budget-friendly,
- Certain polyesters are naturally wrinkle-resistant.
Though polyester possesses several benefits, it has two major drawbacks. One of them being polyester is sensitive to heat, which means that it melts when exposed to high temperatures while washing, drying, or ironing. The second one being polyesters contribute to greenhouse gases.
Can Polyester Shades Be Ironed?
Yes, Polyester shades can be ironed, however, they have to be pressed carefully and at an optimally set temperature as it is a man-made polymer fiber that can melt easily.
Temperature Setting for Ironing Polyester Shades
The temperature for ironing polyester shades ranges from cool to warm(300°F/148°C). This implies that you should set your iron to its lowest settings. The average setting for ironing polyester shades is a 1 or a 2. Irons usually use dots for indicating heat intensity, which must follow the ironing directions mentioned on the shade label.
You can begin with the iron’s temperature set to the lowest. Test it first on the flip side of the polyester shades at a corner. If the fiber material is able to handle the heat, then verify if the temperature is sufficient enough to remove the wrinkles.
You can increase the temperature gradually if required. Dampen the polyester shade using a spray mist so that the steam softens the material while releasing tight wrinkles. An alternative option to avoid risking a burn while using iron is to use a handheld steamer.
How to Iron Polyester Fabric Window Shades?
Ironing polyester shades can be challenging, however with the correct precautions in place, it can be done easily. Mixed materials like polyester satin, spandex, polyester rayon, or lycra must receive similar careful consideration. Here is how to iron a polyester window shade without damaging it:
- Use a Pressing Cloth
A pressing cloth which can be a clean piece of cotton material should always be used. The is done to develop a secure layer between the iron and the polyester material that you are ironing. A cool iron can also be used directly on the polyester shade, however, if it is a new one that you haven’t ever tried ironing before, then it is not worth taking the risk.
- Adjust the Temperature Of The Iron To Low
Set your iron’s temperature to low heat, particularly if you aren’t using a pressing cloth. Many irons feature a dial that can be adjusted to “synthetic” or “polyester”. This makes sure that it remains well below 149°C or 300°F. The indicator light of your iron flashes while adjusting to the right temperature and then stops flashing once it is ready.
- Check the Temperature First
Check the temperature of the iron on a small, inconspicuous area of the polyester shade before you begin to ensure that it isn’t very hot.
- Moisten the Polyester Fabric
Spray the polyester shade slightly with water. By moistening the polyester fabric, it relaxes and will consume less heat. The steam burst feature of your iron can also be used to remove the wrinkles instantly at lesser temperatures.
- Do Not Leave The Iron in One Spot
Keep moving the iron continuously all over. Keeping it at one spot for a long time can lead the polyester shade to scorch or melt. Even with a low heat adjustment, longer exposure to the iron’s hot soleplate might deform the polyester material.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.