Shrinks spandex

This is how it fits better: just let the polyester shrink

It is best to use the washing machine and dryer

Polyester should not be washed at temperatures over 40 degrees for good reason and is usually not suitable for tumble drying. The fibers can shrink or fuse at high temperatures, sometimes both.

Anyone who uses both their washing machine and dryer to shrink polyester is well served. Proceed as follows:

Instructions: let the polyester shrink

  • possibly detergent
  • Anti-limescale tab
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • too large polyester clothing

1. Pull the garment inside out

First, pull the garment inside out. The following heat can damage the colors, on the left this risk is at least reduced. However, fading is possible.

2. Wash polyesters individually for shrinking

Also, put the fabric into the machine one at a time. The paint could leak and seep into other clothing, causing annoying discoloration.

3. Set the washing machine to 60 or 90 degrees

Depending on how far you want to venture forward, set the machine to 60 or 90 degrees. The hotter, the more effective - but also more dangerous.

4. Add detergent if necessary

Put detergent in the detergent compartment if you want to clean your clothes at the same time. An anti-limescale tab is definitely never wrong, you should definitely add it.

5. After washing in the dryer

If the fabric has not shrunk enough, put it in the dryer on the highest setting. That gives him the chance to shrink a little more.

6. Let cool down and check

After cooling down, it is important to check the size carefully. Have you shrunk enough of your polyester clothing? If not, you can repeat the whole process all over again.

Do not try to shrink your polyester with the hot iron. You will likely only iron in shiny spots, a sign of melted fibers.
Author: Elisabeth Fey - Note: All information is provided without guarantee
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