Polyester is the most versatile of the synthetic fibres; its most famous trademark names are Trevira, Tergal, Diolen and Dacron.
Polyester characteristics: very hardy, polyester can be fixed in position by heat application, so it’s good for trouser/pant pressed creases and pleats or plissé work. Polyester is soft and supple but keeps its shape and doesn’t crease or deteriorate; it is also resistant to light and moths. Polyester soaks up very little moisture.
Polyester care: Polyester can be machine-washed at 40 degrees C. Some polyester fibres can stand up to 60 degrees C (look at fabric label). The fabric can crease if washed at too high temperatures, and creases are difficult to eradicate. Use normal detergent for whites, and delicate detergent for coloureds. Do not spin-dry polyester but only spin slightly because it dries very quickly. Knitwear should be dried flat like wool. At low temperatures polyester can also be dried in a drier but remember to consult the fabric care label because permanent creases may be created. Polyester is generally non-iron; if it really must be pressed, then only with a moderately warm iron (silk setting) and with a damp cloth. Dry cleaning is possible.
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