Does Modal Fabric Shrink?

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Although modal resists shrinkage and fading, it sometimes shrink with improper care. For the best results, always follow care label instructions. Pure modal fabric requires the same care as cotton.

Most water temperatures are suitable for washing modal fabric, but some delicate blends, such as silk and modal, may require special care. Undiluted bleach weakens the fabric fibers, but diluted bleach solutions are safe for occasional stain removal. Remove modal from the dryer while it is damp to reduce creasing. Ironing the fabric produces a crisp look, as long as the iron temperature is not so high as to scorch and discolor the fabric. Modal is a bio-based material that consists of processed beech wood fiber.