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What makes a fabric wrinkle free or permanent press?
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Date: 12/28/12 6:04 AM

Does anyone know what component of permanent press material makes it wrinkle free?
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Date: 12/28/12 11:19 AM

Botox for fabric? Not sure you want the chemicals used by manufacturing in your home.

Here is an overview.

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Date: 12/28/12 11:31 PM

That was interesting, thanks for the post.
So it's more a chemical additive instead of a blend of fabrics like nylon and rayon
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Date: 12/29/12 1:44 PM

I think it also has to do with the ratio of polyester. Like a 70% cotton and 30% poly blend is less wrinkle free than a 50/50% blend.

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Date: 12/29/12 2:19 PM

I got a couple of 100% cotton shirts that are wrinkle free. More correctly wrinkle free if removed from the dryer promptly and hung up, much like poly-cotton blends. However it doesn't feel nearly as good as a traditional 100% cotton. It feels stiff/slick/crispy in comparison. I seem to recall something about "long lasting treatment" when I got them a few years ago from Lands' End, so it's not a permanent treatment.

But I have no clue what chemicals or process they used.

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Date: 12/29/12 4:35 PM

Some synthetic fabrics are fairly wrinkle-free by nature, but when you're talking about cotton, it comes down to treating the fabric with chemicals like formaldehyde and silicone plus heat-curing, as described here.

There have been regulatory efforts to reduce the amount of residual formaldehyde, but some people are extremely sensitive to even small amounts.

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