Dos and don’ts
5-step guide to washing acrylic
Check the Care Label
Carefully read the care label on the acrylic garment for any specific washing instructions. Follow any recommendations or requirements provided by the manufacturer.
If there are any stains on the acrylic fabric, pretreat them before washing. Apply a stain remover or gently rub a small amount of laundry detergent directly onto the stained area. Allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes before proceeding to the next step.
Machine Wash on Gentle Cycle
Place the acrylic garment in the washing machine and select the gentle or delicate cycle. Use a regular laundry detergent suitable for acrylic fabrics. Set the water temperature to warm or cold, as hot water can cause stretching of the fibers. Avoid overloading the washing machine to allow the clothes to move freely.
Tumble Dry on Low Heat or Air-Dry
After washing, either tumble dry the acrylic clothing on a low heat setting or opt for air-drying. High heat can damage the fibers, so it’s important to use a low heat setting in the dryer or hang the clothes to air-dry. Remove the garments from the dryer while they are still slightly damp to prevent over-drying.
Iron with Caution (If Necessary)
If ironing is necessary, use a low temperature setting on the iron and place a pressing cloth between the iron and the acrylic fabric. This helps to prevent the fibers from melting or becoming shiny. Avoid applying excessive pressure while ironing to maintain the shape and texture of the garment.
Does acrylic clothing shrink in the wash?
No, acrylic clothing does not typically shrink in the wash. In fact, if washed or dried in hot water, acrylic clothes are more likely to stretch and become larger in size.
Can I hang acrylic clothing to dry?
It is not recommended to hang acrylic clothing to dry, especially knitted garments like sweaters. The weight of the water in wet garments may cause the fibers to stretch. It is best to either tumble dry them on low heat or air-dry them flat to maintain their shape.
How often should I wash acrylic clothing?
Acrylic clothing generally holds up well and does not need to be washed as frequently as other fabrics. Since acrylic repels sweat and moisture and does a good job of resisting stains, washing when the garments become dirty or musty-smelling is usually sufficient. However, repeated washing, especially in machines and dryers, can gradually weaken or stretch the fabric.