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Can You Dry Polyester?

Can you dry polyester?

You can dry polyester by putting it in the clothes dryer, hanging it or laying it flat. Although it is a synthetic blend, easy-to-care-for material, there are a few things to keep in mind when drying polyester.

Machine Drying

Rather than easily absorbing water, polyester resists it. This feature makes polyester easy to dry quickly. However, polyester can also be damaged if dried at too high of a temperature. A hot dryer can leave you with a shrunken or misshapen garment. Simply keep the temperature low and the cycle short and you will find machine drying polyester an easy process. What’s more, because polyester is wrinkle-resistant, you can usually avoid having to iron it if you take it out of the dryer as soon as it is done.

Air Drying

Because it dries relatively quickly, polyester can be hung to dry. Simply hang it nicely on a hanger and you will have a dry garment in a short time.

Drying it Flat

There is usually no reason to treat polyester so gingerly, but it can be laid flat to dry if desired. Lay it flat on a drying net so air circulates under it.

Important Consideration

Polyester is often blended with other fibers. Therefore, make sure you check the label and take other fibers into consideration when drying the garment. Always treat your garment as carefully as the most delicate fiber it contains requires.

Polyester is one of the easiest fabrics to dry. Keep the temperature low and you will find drying polyester garments a stress-free task.



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