The Ultimate Synthetic Fabrics Cleaning Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Even though most fabric items carry a care tag, it is still important to know how to clean synthetic fibers. Not following care instructions or trying to clean a product without a care tag can ruin a good piece of clothing. Take our quiz to see whether you know how to care for synthetics or synthetic blends.

What is a key to keeping your clothing in good condition?

You will need to know what material each item of clothing is made from and the best way to care for it. Care labels attached to your clothing provide valuable care information, but not all care information is on the label.


On what kind of garments is it important to make sure the care label remains in place?

The only way to be sure of how to clean synthetic fibers is by looking at the care tag, as many synthetics appear and feel almost the same even when they require different care.


What raw material is used to create acetate fiber?

Acetate is manufactured from cellulose derived from plant fibers. Cellulose was discovered in 1883 by a French chemist named Anselme Payen.


What is one thing scientists have discovered that a look or touch of a fabric can trigger?

The look or feel of a fabric can trigger memories of a first love, a cherished vacation or a sense of comfort.


Once acetate is hand washed in warm water, how should it be dried?

Acetate should always be line-dried away from heat and direct sunlight. Acetate clothes can be dried inside on a coat hanger hung over a shower rod if you cannot line-dry it.


What is a typical washing instruction for clothing made with acrylic fibers?

Acrylic can be machine washed without special care. Turn garments inside out to minimize acrylic’s tendency to pill.


What is fiberglass fabric most often used to produce?

Fiberglass fiber is only used to manufacture curtains and draperies, because of inherent heat resistance. Fiberglass is never used for clothing, because it can shed small glass fibers.


How do you clean fiberglass curtains and drapes when necessary?

Fiberglass curtains and drapes do not stand up well to abrasion, so they must be hand washed only in cool water with a mild detergent. Caution: Always wear rubber gloves when washing fiberglass materials.


What clothing is most often made with modacrylic fabrics?

Modacrylic is a fiber often used in fake furs, fleece robes, blankets, stuffed toys, and wigs. Modacrylic is warm, soft, and resilient; it also resists mildew, sunlight damage, and wrinkling.


What is an undesirable characteristic of products manufactured from modacrylic?

Modacrylic products tend to produce static electricity in dry inside air. Sparks may fly if you touch someone while wearing modacrylic items.


What other synthetic fabric is nylon most often blended with for manufacture of clothing items?

Nylon is most often blended with spandex for ultimate stretch and recovery properties. Besides clothing, nylon is used to construct tents, carpets, rainwear and lingerie.


What is a downside of garments made from polyester?

Polyester fabrics are strong, resilient, wrinkle-resistant, colorfast, crisp, and hold pleats and creases well. Nevertheless, they are also nonabsorbent, attract and hold oil stains, may pill when rubbed, and may yellow with age.


Although rayon is a strong absorbent fiber, what is one unfortunate drawback of this fabric?

Rayon tends to loose strength when it gets wet. Rayon is used in a multitude of products besides clothing, such as Zippo lighter filling, feminine hygiene products, diapers and towels.


What is common for spandex used as a fabric?

Spandex is always blended with other fibers in order to produce workable material and is deteriorated when exposed to chlorine bleach. Spandex is used in stretch waistbands, foundation garments, swimwear, and exercise garments.


What is a main characteristic of triacetate versus its close cousin acetate?

Triacetate closely resembles its cousin acetate, but it is less sensitive to heat; this allows it to be creased and crisply pleated. Triacetate is often used in textured knits, taffeta and in jerseys.


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