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Fiber/Fabric Care

The following are general care tips for cleaning and caring for garments containing natural and man-made fibers used in apparel and home fashion. For specific instructions refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.

Index of Fibers

  • Acetate
  • Acrylic
  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Lyocell
  • Microfibers
  • Mohair
  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Polyolefin (Olefin)
  • Rayon
  • Silk
  • Spandex
  • Triacetate
  • Wool

  • ACETATE

    Most acetate garments should be dry-cleaned. Some knits are washable. If laundering is indicated, use the following guide:

    (For specific instruction refer to the garment's sewn-in care label.)

    Note: Acetate is adversely affected by acetone and other organic solvents, such as nail polish remover and perfumes containing such solvents.


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    ACRYLIC

    Acrylic garments may be washed or dry cleaned.


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    COTTON


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    LINEN


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    LYOCELL

    Lyocell garments may be either machine washable and dryable or drycleanable. Read the label.


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    MICROFIBERS


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    NYLON

    Most items made from nylon can be machined washed and tumbled dried at low temperatures.


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    POLYESTER

    Most items made from polyester can be machine washed and dried.


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    POLYOLEFIN (OLEFIN)

    Most items can be washed or dry-cleaned.


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    RAYON

    Most rayon garments should be dry-cleaned, but some types of fabric and garment construction are such that they can be hand or machine washed. For washable items, use the following as a guide:


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    SILK

    Only pre-washed silk is washable. Read the label!


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    SPANDEX


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    TRIACETATE

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    WOOL


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