polyester fabric with creases

How to Get Creases Out of Polyester

We’re going to explore several ways of getting creases out of polyester in this article. If you have a fabric steamer already, this is a great time to make use of it.

If you don’t, don’t worry. There are still plenty of ways to help you make sure your polyester clothes look their best.


Method 1: Steaming

garment steamer and yellow shirt

Steaming is one of the easiest and safest methods to remove creases from polyester. You can use a handheld garment steamer for this.

Simply hang the polyester item on a hanger and pass the steamer over the creased areas. The steam will relax the fabric, and you can gently smooth out the wrinkles with your hands.

This method will take minutes and leave you with perfectly crease-free clothes.

If you don’t have a handheld steamer, use your shower instead. This sounds a bit odd, but hear us out. When you next take a shower, hang your polyester in the bathroom.

The steam from the shower will help to reduce the creases in the fabric. And when you get out of the shower and dry your hands, you can gently smooth out the rest of the creases.

The shower does need to be quite warm for this method to work.

If you aren’t too keen on hot showers, you can leave the shower running without using it. This method should take about 15 minutes to get rid of all the creases in your polyester; it works great on other fabrics too.


Method 2: Ironing

iron crease on clothes

Polyester is sensitive to high heat, so if you use an iron, ensure it’s set to the lowest temperature or the “synthetic” setting.

Place a thin cotton cloth or a pressing cloth over the polyester fabric to protect it from direct heat.

Gently press the iron over the creased areas, but avoid applying too much pressure.

This may take multiple passes over the clothes but will get rid of the creases nice and easily.

Don’t be tempted to use a hotter setting or more pressure. Just go slowly, pressing gently with a low temperature, and soon your polyester will look amazing.


Method 3: Wetting Polyester Clothes

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Dampening polyester clothes can make it easier to remove creases. Spray a small amount of water on the creased areas or use a damp cloth to moisten the fabric lightly. Be careful not to soak it, as excess water can damage the material.

Then, just leave the clothes to dry naturally. Hanging them up will ensure that the creases are eased out, and you’ll be left with great-looking clothes in a few hours.


Method 4: Tumble-Drying

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Place the creased polyester item in the tumble dryer along with a damp, clean cloth.

Run the dryer on low heat or on the synthetic setting if your tumble dryer has one for a short time. The steam from the damp cloth will help release the wrinkles.


Method 5: Hanging the Clothes Up

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Sometimes, simply hanging the clothes up for a day or two can help get rid of creases naturally.

For this method to work, good airflow around the clothes is important; hanging them on a door or from a curtain rail, for example, rather than in a wardrobe.

This method, of course, takes a bit longer than the others but requires less effort. So, if you’re in no rush to wear your polyester, this method can be a good one to use.


Method 6: Use a Fabric Relaxer

fabric spray

Lastly, if your polyester really isn’t playing ball, you can try a fabric relaxing spray or crease release spray.

There are plenty of these sprays available and they work on most delicate fabrics, including synthetics. Just make sure to follow the instructions for the spray you use.


In Conclusion


Remember to always check the care label on the polyester item for any specific instructions regarding ironing or steaming.

If in doubt, test a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric first before treating the entire garment.

Polyester is generally less prone to creasing than natural fibres, so these methods should work well in most cases.

Now that you know how to remove creases out of polyester, why not learn about cleaning “dry clean only” clothes at home? We have an article all about this on In The Wash, and it isn’t as difficult as you may think!

We also have loads of other handy cleaning tips and tricks for clothes and around the home too.