How to clean and care for fleece
If you know how to clean and care for fleece, you can maintain its soft, fuzzy feel for years.
Back in the old days, people used various types of wool as a source of heat insulation and it worked pretty well. Until it got wet, that is. As time went, on technology improved and fabrics like polyester and nylon were created.
Fleece is a man-made fabric. Fleece is made from polyester and other synthetic materials, sometimes even from recycled plastics. It acts like wool in many ways, but only has a fraction of the weight. Also, like wool, it is a great insulator, which is why it was originally called polar fleece when it was first created.
To keep any fleece looking and feeling soft and smooth, follow these care tips.
1. Read the tag
Usually there are care labels on a fleece garment that will tell you how to care for it. There are different kinds of fleece and unique care may be necessary. Be sure that you check the care label before you do anything else.
Before you wash a fleece garment, turn it inside out to prevent pilling. This applies to fleece jackets as well as body warmers. Place your fleece in the machine with like colours and wash in cold water. Warm water will cause your garment to have premature pilling.
Don't wash your fleece with items that produce lint as it is nearly impossible to remove from fleece. If you're using a powder detergent, you should consider premixing it with water to prevent residue. Keep in mind that under no circumstances should you use any bleach or fabric softener. Also, your fleece cannot be dry cleaned.
You can use a machine dryer to dry your fleece. However, keep it at a low temperature if you do decide to dry it this way. The longer and safer option it to hang your fleece up to air dry.
Don't dry clean, iron, press or steam your fleece, as this could cause it to melt. This is also why you should be careful when drying your fleece. The only time it’s okay to use bleach or fabric softener on your fleece garment is if it’s specified in the care label. Using these products can cause severe pilling in your garment.