Fabric Care Guide - How to Wash and Care

Keep your clothes looking their best with fabric wash and care instructions for common fabric types from Purex.

Fabric Care Guide

How to wash & care for common fabric types.

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From cotton to silk, the fabrics in your wardrobe need specific care. Use the Purex fabric care guide for tips to keep your clothes looking their best.

Acrylic

To Wash

Use cool or warm water in the gentle cycle.

To Dry

Let drip dry.

Tip from Purex

Dry flat on a towel.
Cotton

To Wash

Use cool water for dark colored clothes, warm for colors, and hot for whites. Use the gentle cycle when possible, or the normal setting for more heavily soiled clothing.

To Dry

Tumble dry.
Denim

To Wash

Wash in cool water for dark colored denim, warm for colored or white denim.

To Dry

Tumble dry.
Linen

To Wash

Wash in cool water and the gentle cycle setting.

To Dry

Tumble dry.

Tip from Purex

Never store dirty linen, it will attract mildew.
Microfibe

To Wash

Use cool water and the gentle cycle setting.

To Dry

Let drip dry.

Tip from Purex

Check the label. Sometimes microfiber garments can include Rayon. If it does, avoid using chlorine bleach and do not twist or wring.
Nylon

To Wash

Use cool water and the gentle cycle setting.

To Dry

Let drip dry.

Tip from Purex

Nylon should be laundered separately from other laundry items. Hint: most bathing suits are nylon.
Polyester

To Wash

Use cool water and the gentle cycle setting.

To Dry

Tumble dry.

Tip from Purex

When ironing, make sure the steam is not too hot: use a moderately warm steam setting.
Rayon

To Wash

Use cool water and the gentle cycle setting.

To Dry

Let drip dry.

Tip from Purex

Do not twist or wring. Also, avoid the use of chlorine bleach.
Silk

To Wash

Use cool water and the gentle cycle setting.

To Dry

Let drip dry.

Tip from Purex

Roll in a towel to dry keeping the garment flat as you roll. Do not twist or wring.
Spandex

To Wash

Use cool water and the gentle cycle setting.

To Dry

Let drip dry.

Tip from Purex

Avoid using chlorine bleach. Use a low heat setting when ironing.
Velour

To Wash

Use cool water and the gentle cycle setting.

To Dry

Let drip dry.
Wool

To Wash

Use cool or warm water and the gentle cycle setting.

To Dry

Dry flat in the shade and away from heat.

Tip from Purex

Wash your garments inside out. Then keep away from sunlight and heat while drying to prevent shrinkage.