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Washing Fleece Material Right

In England it's a pub. In Greece it's an epoch tragedy. And in America, it's the latest craze! That's right, fleece has become one of the most popular fabrics filling a huge variety of needs. From jackets to accessories, blankets and booties, fleece is making its mark all across the land. Along with the wave of excitement, though, comes the sigh of despair at having ruined yet another perfectly good outfit, sweater etc. Pilling and fading are common frustrations of fleece washers who are not in the know. Luckily, I'm here to share the not-so-age-old secret of fleece wear and care.

Caring for fleece is actually quite simple. The first step is realizing that fleece is not the same as its natural look alike. A common error in regards to fleece is mistaking it for wool. A segment of sheep wool is called fleece. This, however, is not the type of fleece you and I refer to when discussing clothing, blankets, or yards of material. Our fleece is made by twisting and brushing a polyester fabric to the desired soft and cozy consistency. There are some fleeces that are made from a cotton blend or from 100% cotton, but the majority of fleece products (such as polar fleeces) are entirely synthetic. This means that your favorite fleece baby blanket is going to need different care instructions than the wool sweater that Auntie knitted you last winter.

Washing Fleece Wear and Care

Good news, fleece cannot and should not be dry-cleaned. Instead, wash your fleece garment or accessory in cool to luke warm water. Your fleece can even be machine dried on a low setting. However, since they dry so quickly, air-drying is your best bet. It will extend the lifetime of your fleece (unless you want to shrink it back to a smaller shape, in which case, a few minutes in the dryer will do the job.) Never use a hot iron on fleece, it will ruin the fabric. The trick to keep clothing from pilling is to turn them inside out when washing. Hanging out to dry will also reduce pillage. Don't use bleach or fabric softeners on your fleece items, they damage the texture. And it's as simple as that.

*Fleece doesn't dye well as it is a polyester material. This means you shouldn't plan a project with a fleece base in the hope that you can dye it another color. It also means that stains can be removed with a simple solution of warm water, dishwashing detergent and vinegar. Just let it stand for a few minutes, blot it out, rinse and repeat if necessary.

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