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Date: 4/24/12 5:21 AM

Normally I don't give a second thought to handwashing any garment in my closet, but I have two pairs of recently purchased trousers that I'm a little hesitant about. The shell on one is 40% linen, 60% wool, the other is 54% wool, 25% cotton, 21% linen. Both should be fine to handwash, except that the lining is 50/50 rayon/acetate. Is this safe to get wet? Google is giving me contradictory answers.

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Date: 4/24/12 11:16 AM

Acetate tends to wrinkle/crease just about irreparably when washed in my experience. You CAN usually press it flat again but the surface retains a somewhat crushed appearance.

I also handwash lots of dry clean only items but I don't handwash things with linings. It's too hard to press the tailoring details back into place properly and highly worth it to me to have the dry cleaner do it.

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Date: 4/24/12 12:07 PM

I hand wash lots of vintage clothes, but in general, I try not to wash anything that has rayon in it. I almost ruined a gorgeous 60's pink suit with a rayon lining by trying to hand wash it.

Personally, I wouldn't wash the pants that contain wool. I hand washed a Pendelton skirt I found at the goodwill once, and while it was wearable, it changed the texture of the wool somewhat.

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Date: 4/24/12 9:04 PM

I agree with the posters above. I will also hand wash some dryclean only items, but generally dryclean where the style (jacket, pleats etc) or the construction (lining, heavy interfacing on a jacket) would make pressing difficult.

The fabrics in your garment, particularly the linen, have the potential for shrinkage, and the rayon/acetate lining would make pressing difficult. I am currently doing a 'Fibres and Fabrics' unit at TAFE and just checked my course notes - "Rayon - loses over 40% of its strength when wet - needs to be laundered carefully..distorts and wrinkles easily...poor durability". It was not all bad though - on the plus side "very absorbent, excellent drape, comfortable to wear". Acetate was similar. Both are man-made fibres. Our teacher's advice was that rayon made a good lining for garments that were going to be drycleaned but was not the best choice for lining garments that you want to wash.

I would be drycleaning these, particularly if they were expensive. You will find they last a lot longer and look better.
-- Edited on 4/24/12 9:15 PM --

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