by Anthony Clark
The unavoidable thing with clothes is that ever so often you must iron them. While some fabrics are quite easy to iron without fuss, there are others that you must take extra care to iron. Polyester is one such fabric. Although polyester is deceptively simple to iron, it is easy to mess up and burn the material.
That is why this article is taking time out to show you step by step how to iron polyester. When you iron this fabric properly, it will look crisp and sharp again. No wrinkles.
So, if you have polyester garments like shirts, jackets, and trousers, then these tips will help you to take good care of them with your dry or steam iron.
But first, let’s look at what polyester is.
This material is synthetic, as in, it is a man-made fabric created from resins or polymers. By its texture, you can tell that polyester is also a kind of plastic blend. The unique thing about polyester is that it is wrinkle-resistant, and it is not so easy to get dirty.
No wonder polyester became quite popular after it was introduced in Britain by chemists in 1941 and later in the United States in 1951. One of the strong selling points about polyester is that you can wear it for extended periods without ironing.
You will find polyester in almost any line of clothing, and it is most popularly used as material for uniforms. Modern polyesters are much more comfortable, thanks to the microfibers that allow the fabric to feel better against the skin and to move well with your body.
Polyester is also a durable fabric that can withstand certain uses (also why it is a popular uniform material).
You might think that for a fabric that is designed to be wrinkle-free, there is no need to iron it. That may be true generally, but there are occasions when your polyester garment will develop creases here and there. In such cases, you need to iron those creases out as quickly as possible.
You can iron your polyester clothes but make sure that the temperature of your iron is at the right settings for this fabric. As you see, polyester is a form of plastic – thermoplastic to be exact. As a plastic-based, synthetic material, polyester cannot be ironed with a too-hot iron. This temperature setting is to avoid the material melting or scorching during ironing.
So, to iron polyester, it is best to play it safe and avoid direct heat. One tactic is to place another fabric, preferably cotton, over the polyester to iron it. A safer strategy is to use a fabric steamer to remove the wrinkles. You would, however, need to carefully run the steamer where it is required so that the entire fabric does not stretch out of shape.
That said, here are the steps you need to iron your polyester garment to get them looking like new again.
Once you find wrinkles on your polyester after you have laundered it, use your steam iron to get them out.
Remember to avoid placing your iron directly on the polyester fabric. Always use another fabric to cover the area you need to iron. This precaution will prevent you from scorching the material.
The steam from a fabric steamer will effectively remove wrinkles and creases from your polyester garments.
That’s it! The wrinkles should be gone.
Using the shower is a quick fix method if you do not have an iron on transfer paper, a fabric steamer, or a clothes dryer to use. This method comes in handy if you are traveling out of town.
Finally, once you get all the wrinkles out of your polyester garment, keep it hung on a hanger so that it won’t crease or wrinkle again. You may keep it in a clothing bag or plastic. If you fold your garment, ensure that you do so in a way that will not crease or wrinkle it again.
Ironing polyester is not something you need to do often since this synthetic fabric was designed to be durable and wrinkle resistant. In the case that your polyester becomes wrinkled or creased for some reason, it is best to iron them out as quickly as possible. This article has gone through four easy to follow methods for removing wrinkles and creases from your polyester garments. You will find them quite useful whenever you find yourself needing to remove wrinkles and creases. The critical thing to remember is that polyester cannot take direct heat. So you would have to iron it indirectly through a covering layer of fabric (like damp cotton, towel, or ironing cover). Once you follow these simple steps, your polyester garment should come out much more presentable – sharp and ready to wear again.
About Anthony Clark
Anthony Clark always had a passion for digital drawing and printing ever since he was young. He would wander around his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona drawing various things with his older digital tablet. Be it just a memory collection or a portrayal of anything: objects, parents, school, events, etc. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State University - the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is excited to present his experience coupled with some colorful dips to help shape the future of printing.