Does Rayon Shrink When Washed?

Does Rayon Shrink When Washed?

Does Rayon Shrink When Washed?

Pure rayon shrinks when washed or dried if it has not been pretreated when manufactured. Rayon is a delicate fabric that was originally designed as a dry clean only material. Blended rayon with a 30 percent or more ratio of polyester is normally safe in the washer or dryer.

When rayon is wet, its strength is decreased by as much as 50 percent. Washing in a machine can break down the fabric from the repeated agitation. Dryers only increase the chances of damaging the fabric. The result is a loss of softness with the rayon often feeling stiff and scratchy.