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Can you iron polyester?

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It is possible to iron polyester fabric as long as the iron's temperature setting is not too high. The ideal temperature for ironing polyester is around 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This is equivalent to a medium to a medium-low heat setting.

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Polyester is a synthetic fiber used in clothing, table linens, curtains and bedding. A major advantage of polyester is that it requires minimal care. Items made from this fabric are able to be machine washed and dried, and they often need little to no ironing. Using hot water to wash polyester sometimes causes deep wrinkling in the fabric, and high temperatures during drying or ironing sometimes cause the garment to melt or shrink.

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    Will polyester shrink?

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    Polyester shrinks only when it is washed at a very high temperature. In a typical washing cycle, clothing made from polyester should be washed and dried at the hottest water and highest heat setting. To successfully shrink polyester, the cycle should be repeated multiple times.

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