Fabric Fail: Wrinkling

Introduction

FABRIC FAILS—WHAT THEY ARE AND HOW YOU CAN PREVENT THEM

Fabric Fails happen when you find yourself in clothes made of mystery fabric. They may be cheaper for manufactures, but can be a disaster for you. The problem is, it’s easy to mistake a mystery fabric for cotton. They can look like cotton and even feel like cotton—but only at first.

In this course, learn more about wrinkling (a fabric fail) to see what awaits if you don’t check the label.

Fabric Fail- Wrinkling

WRINKLING

64% OF PEOPLE SAY THEY ARE BOTHERED BY WRINKLING.1

HERE’S WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

I bought a long flowy top which felt like cotton, but was actually 100% rayon! It took me forever to get the wrinkles out with an iron because the fabric couldn’t accept high heat.

I don’t have time for wrinkles! I spend so much time ironing and after a few minutes of wear, my clothes look just as wrinkled as they did prior to ironing.

ABOUT WRINKLING

We all know what wrinkles are—unintentional and unwanted creases in fabrics.

CAUSES

There are two types of wrinkling—wet wrinkling, which happens after washing and dry wrinkling, which happens during wear. For example, when you’re sitting in a chair in a warm environment you may notice your clothes begin to wrinkle. This is because wrinkles are caused by pressure, plus moisture and heat.

There are things that can be done to fabrics before you buy them to help prevent wrinkling, like adding finishes or heat to the fabric.

TYPES OF FABRIC TO WATCH OUT FOR

We all know cotton wrinkles (of course it does—it’s a natural fiber). But it can be manufactured in a way that can impart a resistance to wrinkling, which is why many brands and retailers now offer wrinkle-resistant cotton.

While cotton does wrinkle more easily than other fibers, it’s also easier to wash and iron safely. Many man-made fibers, like rayon, require special washing instructions and must be ironed on a low setting.

Laundering tip: Don’t overload your washer, as fabrics will have more of a chance to tangle up and wrinkle more.

COTTON ENHANCEMENTS

Wrinkle-resistant cotton can be found at major retailers across the country. It’s common in garments like men’s and women’s woven cotton dress shirts and men’s, women’s, and kids’ cotton pants.

More than 7 out of 10 consumers say they are likely to look for wrinkle-resistant features in shirts and pants.2

BOTTOM LINE

Look for wrinkle-resistant cotton.

CHECK THE LABEL

  1. Cotton Incorporated Lifestyle Monitor.™
  2. Cotton Incorporated Lifestyle Monitor.™

Conclusion

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