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Re: Does cotton and rayon or modal mix shrink?

Thank you so much Goldengate and Kathleen. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing the info.!

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Re: Does cotton and rayon or modal mix shrink?

On 3/19/2015 ANewHue said: I love modal/cotton but honestly all my items I prefer to hang dry.

Yes!

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Re: Does cotton and rayon or modal mix shrink?

I usually wash in cold and if the garment is new a mesh bag, then fry flat or hang on a molded hanger, I have a bunch of old plastic ones that suit jackets came on and they are perfect for this because they don't stretch out the sleeves and shoulders.

You should not have any problems if you don't put in the hot dryer.

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Re: Does cotton and rayon or modal mix shrink?

On 3/19/2015 ANewHue said: I love modal/cotton but honestly all my items I prefer to hang dry.


I agree, my laundry room looks like a garage sale is going on at times. I have found a modal mix washes well and I hang dry most of my better items. Most washers anymore have a hand wash cycle that is very gentle. I would love to 'dry flat/ blocked , but just do not have the room to, and my cat thinks I have made it a new bed .

To hang dry I have taken hangers and hot glued old shoulder pads to them (taken from going to discard items) for really delicate items. So far no shoulder bumps.

I gave up on mostly rayon items as I always thought they did not wear well at all! A little in a mix is great though.

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Re: Does cotton and rayon or modal mix shrink?

Most cotton shrinks a little, and all rayon shrinks a lot in the dryer regardless of how little heat you use. The dryer is not a friendly partner in the care of clothing.

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Re: Does cotton and rayon or modal mix shrink?

I think the key to avoiding shrinkage is a cold water wash (delicate cycle) and hang/flat drying. I even try to avoid machine washing and do a sink wash when time allows.

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Re: Does cotton and rayon or modal mix shrink?

I hang anything that contains cotton, rayon or spandex to dry, including my jeans. I agree--the dryer is not our best friend!!

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Re: Does cotton and rayon or modal mix shrink?

Thanks to all of you who responded. I really appreciated your help. What a great resource you all are.

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Re: Does cotton and rayon or modal mix shrink?

I have some cotton/modal tops from Land's End and like the blend very much. They're very soft and have held up quite well going through the washer and dryer with no special treatment.

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Re: Does cotton and rayon or modal mix shrink?

Rayon has a very low tensile strength when wet. I always wash anything containing rayon in a lingerie bag on either Delicate or Hand Wash setting and in cold water. Then dry flat or hang dry.

Shrinkage can be a problem as well as pilling. Because of the low tensile strength, any agitation can weaken the fibers and result in pilling.