RAYON AND VISCOSE: Characteristics and Care  

Carly Harris will not take responsibility for any damage or srinkage caused to garments that have the instructions DRY CLEAN after hand washing . Hand washing is at the risk of the consumer, we recommend checking the label instructions and stick with dry cleaning as the preferred method of cleaning.

 Rayon /Viscose is not a natural fiber, yet it is not synthetic, they are fibres formed by regenerating natural materials into a usable form.  Made from wood pulp, a naturally-occurring, cellulose-based raw material. As a result, rayon / viscose properties are more similar to those of natural cellulosic fibers, such as cotton or linen, than those of thermoplastic, petroleum-based synthetic fibers such as nylon or polyester.

Rayon’s cellulosic base contributes many properties similar to those of cotton or other natural cellulosic fibers. Rayon is moisture absorbent (more so than cotton), breathable and comfortable to wear. It does not build up static electricity.

Viscose and or  Rayons are usually labeled “dry clean only.” Check and follow garment labels for care and instructions. This is because viscose/rayon fabrics can be damaged by excessive wringing and twisting that can occur in a washer with an agitator and shrinking. 

ALTERNATIVE WASHING METHOD: viscose / rayon fabrics can be hand washed using cool water and a gentle detergent.   After hand washing, it is best to place the wet garment on a thick cotton towel and roll up to absorb most of the water. Then allow the garment to air dry flat or hang to drip dry in shade. PLEASE NOTE CAREFULLY - When viscose /rayons can be hand washed, do so with care. Avoid wringing moisture from fabrics. Gently squeeze out moisture and roll in a towel. Smooth and shape,hang on a non-rusting hanger to dry in shade.  Be sure to gently pull and shape the garment back to its original shape and size as it begins drying - SHRINKAGE will occur after washing rayon or viscose garments, original size can be either worn back to shape or ironed out . When pressing rayon or viscose garments at home, guard against spitting by steam irons that may cause water spots. Also, if possible, press on the wrong side or use a press cloth on the right side to avoid shine or iron imprints. Use a rayon or synthetic setting on the iron.  Use the iron temperature for the most heat-sensitive fiber. Normally, a synthetic setting will be satisfactory.

Do not leave crumpled to dry, Set-in wrinkles can be difficult to remove later.

 Since many dyes and finishes applied to viscose rayon are moisture-sensitive, consumers should protect garments from contact with moisture. Raincoats should be worn on stormy days. Also, care should be used when washing hands or working in the kitchen to avoid splashing water. Spills or moisture should be blotted with absorbent cloth to remove moisture. Avoid spilling acid or alkali, such as foodstuffs or perfume, as certain dyes used on rayon are especially sensitive to these substances. Use caution or avoid treating stained areas with water. Take the garment to a dry cleaner for stain removal. Rings or darker shading caused by sizing migration and lighter areas resulting from dye migration may be permanent.

Please note Carly Harris will not take responsibility for any damage caused to a garment that has been worn in wet weather or soiled while wearing.