When choosing what kind of material to print on and use, a lot of different factors come into play. Things like fit, color, durability, and printability are all major players. If you are like most of us, you probably also worry about whether or not the material you are choosing is going to shrink. Products that end up shrinking after your customers wash them is every decorator’s worst nightmare.
The sublimation Polyester fabric is a popular choice for fabric in t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other clothing items, but there is some debate about whether polyester shrinks or not. With that in mind, let’s go over the facts and help you decide if polyester is the right material for you.
What is Polyester?
Polyester is frequently seen across a variety of niches. It is a man-made fabric that is made out of synthetic, polyester fibers. These polyester fibers are also known as a man-made polymer.
Polyester fibers are lightweight and durable. They are easily died and are resistant to chemicals. Polyester fabric is efficient because it dries easily and quickly. Because of this, polyester is extremely popular in the sporting and outdoor world. Polyester is also smooth to the touch which makes it extremely comfortable to wear, and thus also popular in other categories.
Does Polyester Shrink?
So, does polyester shrink? And why or why not? Polyester does not shrink under normal circumstances. Because polyester is made of man-made polymer, which makes the fibers synthetic, the fabric is resistant to shrinkage. If you wash polyester fabric in hot water and then dry it on high heat, it may shrink some, but not a whole lot.
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