Updated: 31 Oct 2019

How to Iron Polyester?

Polyester is a fantastic and extremely durable fabric. Synthetically made, it is extremely popular for its easy maintenance, durability, strength, and resistance. Extremely user-friendly, the polyester available in the market today is soft and thin with an incredibly luxurious texture. Most homes have curtains, clothing, dresses, slacks, upholstery made of polyester due to this reason. One of the best reasons for using polyester is that this material does not require extensive dry cleaning. Quite easy to clean, polyester is easy to maintain and remove wrinkles. All you need is a little bit of hot water and some fabric care tips.

If you wash the polyester and forget to ease the wrinkles out, you might face a hard time getting your fabric back to looking good. While it is highly wrinkle-resistant, there is a tendency to crease up with misuse. The most critical part about taking care of any fabric is the need to control the temperature at which you set your iron to remove the creases. Polyester is exceptionally susceptible to ironing heat. As such, you must take care with the washing, drying, and ironing parts of polyester. A good steaming iron will help you ease the pains of taking care of your fabrics.

Ironing polyester is not rocket science but done right, it can yield fantastic results. Wrinkles and creases from dresses, curtains, upholstery, and other clothing will disappear to give you a fantastic, well-maintained look.


Before ironing, it is imperative to wash the clothing items or cloths carefully in the washing machine at the correct temperatures. For polyester fabric, warm water of about 95 degrees to 105 degrees will give excellent results. Hotter than that, and the heat might cause the material to shrink and melt a little.

Almost all washing machines have cycles that help you select temperature, time, and force of water. Warm water with a permanent-press cycle will be a good option for washing your polyesters thoroughly. While loading the washing machine, ensure you leave enough space for the material to move around and get clean without too many obstructions.

ironed polyester


Once the fabric is washed cleanly, shake and hold the material tightly in your hands to flap it a few times. This will help wring the water out of the fabric. Shaking the item a few times will help release any wrinkles that are present after the washing cycle. Once done, place the material in the dryer for approximately 15 – 20 minutes on a ‘warm – medium’ setting. If your dryer does not have these settings, a medium hot setting for 10 – 15 minutes will help considerably.

Once done, remove the polyester fabric immediately. It should be slightly damp and not completely dry. Now hang the fabric with thin clips and allow it to air dry completely. Air drying polyester helps in easing out maximum wrinkles. Remaining ones can be removed with the help of ironing. If the item is heavy or a dress, turn it inside out before drying.


Once the item is thoroughly dried, check for any wrinkles on the polyester. If there are no wrinkles, you can proceed to use the polyester as usual. However, if there are wrinkles left on the fabric, turn the fabric or clothes inside out, and lay on an ironing board. Dampen a cloth or cover and place it directly over the material. Use a good steam iron and turn the setting to polyester and start ironing on the damp cloth. Managing the temperature of your iron throughout the ironing process is extremely important to control the fabric. Avoid touching the metal directly to the polyester since this fabric tends to melt when in contact with excessive heat.

Alternatively, you could also use a dry cloth or cover and spritz some water on the parts of the fabric that are covering the wrinkles. Polyester needs to be treated with extra care to ensure that the lines are out. If you do not have a covering cloth, a thin cotton towel, napkin or a slightly thick cotton handkerchief would also do the trick. Once ironed, immediately place the clothes on a hanger or drape the curtains to avoid re-wrinkling and creasing.

To keep polyester material wrinkle free after ironing, hang the clothes in thin sheets of plastic where they will not get smashed up against other items of clothing very quickly. You could also use a steamer at a distance from the fabric to safely remove wrinkles after washing and drying.

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