5 Types of Wrinkle Free Fabrics

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Fabrics that do not need ironing can be a lifesaver for anyone. Whether you are a mom who wants to skip the ironing or a savvy traveler who wants unwrinkled clothes wherever you go, wrinkle free fabric will be an essential thing for you.

Wrinkle free fabrics are those that remain smooth even after washing and drying. These fabrics can withstand any rigorous round in your washing machine and still come out looking smooth after drying. Keep yourself knowledgeable when it comes to these types of fabrics, so you know what to look for. Here are some of them:

  • Nylon. This fabric type is known for its smoothness and high strength while being lightweight. Nylon is often used for ropes, parachutes, fishing nets, and paracords – a testament to its strength and durability. It is also used as material for hosiery, swimwear, activewear, rainwear, and lingerie. It is highly durable, stretchable, and holds their shape/tensile strength well even with age.
  • Polyester. A very popular type of fabric, polyester is extremely strong and very durable. It can resistant to stretching, shrinking, abrasion, mildew, wrinkles, and most chemicals. Polyester fibers and fabrics have a wide range of uses such as in car tire reinforcements, conveyor belts, seat belts, upholstery padding, pillows, and comforters. It is also used for clothing, usually for activewear and performance-wear. It is also used as faux leather and imitation silk. It is a synthetic material and some people avoid wearing polyester because some of its components are said to may cause cancer.
  • Lycra. Another synthetic fiber, Lycra is very light, exceptionally elastic, and sheer, making it a great for clothing such as costume wear, dancewear, activewear, and swimwear. It is also the material used for dance belts, orthopaedic braces, socks, tights, wetsuits, triathlon suits, compression garments, bras, surgical hose, and microbead pillows.
  • Cotton. This is the most popular type of fabric used for clothing and although it is not exactly known for being wrinkle free, there are two ways to make cotton fabric that is wrinkle free. The first one is by treating the cotton with substances or chemicals that lock the bonds in the cotton material in place. However, this process makes the fabric brittle. Aside from this, the substance used produces amounts of formaldehyde, making it a not so health-friendly option. The other way of making wrinkle free cotton fabrics is to blend cotton with another material. The usual cotton blends used for this poly-cotton blends and nylon-cotton blends. Some of the best wrinkle free sheets are made of cotton blended with either polyester or sometimes, Lycra.
  • Microfiber. This synthetic fiber contains a blend of different materials which includes polyester. In fact, some would say that microfiber IS polyester, but when it comes to fabric, they have a big difference. Microfiber, as the name suggests, have fibers that are much, much smaller than that of polyester. This helps it become soft, tough, and good at absorbing. Some uses of microfiber are for clothing such as athletic wear, undergarments, skirts, jackets, and swimwear. It is also used for bathrobes, towels, wallets, coin purses, bags, and shoes. They are also used for bedsheets, tablecloths, and other household textile.

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