How to Shrink Polyester? Most effective way without damaging your cloth
Polyester is known as a shrinkage resistant fabric. So, the natural question that may come to your mind is whether polyester shrinks. Usually, this kind of fabric does not shrink as easily as cotton or wool does. There are certain techniques to shrink polyester at home.
If you are considering to shrink a polyester cloth, apply the following two methods:
Method-1: Shrink Polyester Clothing Using a Laundry Dryer
Try with method-1 first
Note: Use of detergent is not required for shrinking. Detergent can be used, if you also want to wash and clean your cloth at the same time.
Advice: Avoid washing polyester garments in boiling water. In extreme heat, polyester garments may lose its original shape or become rough and stiff.
Advice: Avoid repeating the heat wash and drying process too often. This may cause the polyester fabrics to lose its colors as well as durability.
Method-2: Shrink Polyester Clothing Using an Iron
Method-2 is applicable if Method-1 fails to shrink the fabric up to the desired level
Note: Use of detergent is not required for shrinking purpose.
Note: Using steam option of the iron is not required since at this stage you need to dry out your cloth.
Advice: Do not repeat Method-2. Repeating an ironing process on a polyester garment could damage the fabric and fade away its color.
Some polyesters shrink just after completion of a single heat wash and drying cycle. Some may need to go through more than one cycle. But, after successful completion of more than one heat wash and drying cycles, as well as an ironing process, your polyester cloth should shrink as you expect.