|Crepe Chiffon Infinity Scarf: Dry Clean & Spot Clean|
Crepe, or rayon, chiffon was developed in France in the 1890s and has a somewhat thicker texture than silk chiffon. Nonetheless, it’s very easy for this fabric to lose its shape when wet. It can easily stretch or shrink, so avoid washing it other than to spot clean small areas. Never put your chiffon scarf in the dryer as it will result in the shrinking and puckering of fabric. Dry cleaning is your safest option.
To spot clean, take a white hand cloth and wet a small area. Place a small dab of gentle soap (like Woolite) onto the wet area. Take the cloth and very gently press the soapy portion of the cloth to the stain on the scarf. Never rub the scarf. Continue until the spot is lifted. Wet a different portion of the hand cloth and use to lift soap from the same spot. Lay flat to dry. Iron on low setting, continuously moving the iron in order to prevent the fabric from burning.
|Viscose Scarf: Hand Wash|
Viscose refers to a type of rayon fabric that’s light and super absorbent. It drapes really well, making it perfect for tossing around your neck. Viscose fabric is delicate so you’ll need to give your viscose scarves special care to keep them looking fresh.
Steer clear of the washer with these scarves, because the fabric weakens when wet. The fabric easily stretches when wet and shrinks when dry. If you must clean your viscose scarves often, consider having them dry cleaned.
To hand wash, fill the sink with lukewarm water and add a little gentle fabric wash, swishing it around in the water. Immerse one scarf at a time in the water, gently rubbing the fabric together without twisting it. Rinse with lukewarm water. Gently press the scarf against the sink to relieve the water from the fabric.
Viscose fabric wrinkles easily, is sensitive to heat, can weaken in the sun, and will mildew fast if it stays wet for long. That rules out a lot of options for drying. At the same time, viscose scarves wrinkle quickly if left to dry on their own. Drying on a delicate, low-heat setting for a short time is one option — just don’t do it often, or the fabric may weaken. Alternatively, hang them to dry.
Iron your scarves on a low setting if you want to get out any wrinkles. Don’t hold the heat on them for long — they should take only seconds to iron smooth on an ironing board. Applying an anti-wrinkle treatment before drying is another option, but chemicals can be harsh on the fabric, so don’t use them often. Lay a lightweight cotton cloth over the scarf before ironing — ironing the scarf through the cloth — to keep the viscose scarf from becoming shiny.
|Polyester: Machine Wash|
Polyester is extremely easy to clean, holds its form well, and has great resilience to mold and mildew damage. This has been one of the reasons for the fabric’s popularity. Because polyester does not breathe as well as other fabrics, it may pick up odors easily and may require more frequent washing.
Use a washing machine to wash your polyester scarf. Place the washing machine setting on Delicate Setting and set the temperature to warm–not hot and not cold. Use fabric softener with your scarf to minimize or prevent its tendency to become stiff and sometimes itchy.
Hang the polyester clothing on a clothesline to dry. You may also dry it in a dryer, but on a low setting. Don’t dry polyester clothing on too high of a heat, or for too long. Polyester is prone to shrink if over-dried and is very flammable. Because polyester holds creases so well, make sure to remove it from the dryer promptly and hang it up or fold it to prevent serious creasing.