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Does Rayon Wrinkle?
Jessica QuiltNCo
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May 16, 2023
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Does Rayon Wrinkle?

Yes, rayon wrinkles quite easily. Rayon is especially prone to wrinkles when exposed to moisture. It poses a unique challenge when it comes to removing wrinkles. But that isn’t to say that Rayon cannot be unwrinkled. 

There are methods you can try. Curious? Keep reading.

What Is Rayon?

Rayon is made from cellulose. People call it synthetic silk because of its honey-like texture. This texture gives the illusion of a luxurious feel and look. 

Today Rayon is often used as an inexpensive alternative to silk. Some of the best features of Rayon are: 

Dyes easily
Luxurious feel
Drapes beautifully 

Why Does Rayon Wrinkle?

Like most synthetic fibers Rayon is prone to wrinkling. Unlike natural fibers such as wool or cashmere, synthetic fibers tend to wrinkle pretty easily. Rayon can wrinkle due to moisture or due to heat. Ironically, the two things that eliminate wrinkles in most fabrics causes wrinkles in rayon.

The main reason that rayon wrinkles is moisture. When exposed to moisture, Rayon becomes highly prone to moisture. This is one of the reasons rayon commonly comes out of the washer, and it’s wrinkled.

What Rayon Blends Are Wrinkle Free?

While Rayon is highly susceptible to wrinkling, Rayon blends are not. Often when Rayon is blended with another fabric, they aren’t as prone to wrinkling as 100% Rayon.

This also depends on the fabric that it’s blended with. If it’s blended with another fabric that also wrinkles easily, such as cotton, it will still wrinkle heavily. Below are some of the rayon blends that wrinkle the least.

Spandex and Rayon

Spandex is one of the most wrinkle resistant fabrics available. This makes it a perfect combination with Rayon. When combined together the wrinkle resistance of spandex eliminates the wrinkle prone-ness of Rayon. Both fabrics are cost-effective but can be easily damaged by heat, making it harder to iron.

Spandex Rayon garments are usually soft and embrace your curves. It’s a breathable combination and doesn’t pill over time. This fabric blend is harder to wash because of its lightweight structure and because it gets a little fuzz if not handled carefully. 

Rayon Polyester blend

Rayon-polyester is another combination that is resistant to wrinkle. The positive characteristics of polyester tend to eliminate any negative aspects of the rayon.

It can also withstand higher temperatures without shrinking. Combining rayon with other materials will make it more durable.

Does Rayon Wrinkle After Washing?

Yes, rayon wrinkles after the washing machine. When exposed to moisture rayon becomes extremely susceptible to shrinkage. Water causes the fibers in rayon to relax and swell. This in turn makes Rayon easy to wrinkle. 

Remember, rayon will also wrinkle when its exposed to other sources of water. Including sweat and spray bottles. Try to avoid exposing rayon to any sort of water to avoid wrinkles. 

Does Drying Wrinkle Rayon?

Yes, if you dry rayon with heat. Rayon is susceptible to heat. Heat and rayon do not mix. When exposed to heat rayon will wrinkle. If you dry rayon on the no-heat setting of your dryer it will not wrinkle. Using even the low heat setting will cause wrinkles on rayon. 

Try to avoid any heat when drying rayon. Rayon blends are not susceptible to heat the way 100% rayon is. If you do have a  rayon blend follow the care instructions. In most cases you want to avoid high heat but low heat is safe for your fabrics.

Will Hang Drying Rayon Cause Wrinkles?

Hang drying will not causes wrinkles. Hang drying is one way you can dry rayon without causing wrinkles. It’s possible that your rayon will still be wrinkle but this is likely due the moisture during the washing stage. 

I recommend using a hanger with a broad shoulder to avoid creases.

Quick Tutorial

How To Remove Wrinkles From Rayon?
Rayon fabrics are some of the most susceptible to wrinkling. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it. 
Here are several options you can use to remove wrinkles from rayon. 

First, place the cloth on a flat surface, preferably an iron board. You can also drape a towel on your kitchen counter.

Here are stop steps to follow when ironing rayon: 

Use the lowest  heat setting or the Synthetic, Nylon, or Rayon setting on your iron. 
Turn the garment inside out if possible. 
Spray water using a mist bottle rather than the traditional squirt bottle. 
Use a pressing cloth over rayon
Iron quickly – moving swiftly over the fabric without leaving the iron on one location for too long. 
Use the lowest heat setting or the Synthetic, Nylon, or Rayon setting on your iron. 
The recommended way to remove wrinkles is using a steam cleaner. 
Steam irons are best with delicate fabrics. They allow you to apply fast and precise sources of water and heat to fabric. 
This feature is crucial because you don’t want to end up with an unwearable garment with holes.
Irons with steam and spray features are also the right choice.
Next, use a spray with distilled water and mist the item, quickly iron out the wrinkles.
Do not linger the steam iron in one area for too long and keep it moving. 
Wrinkle Removing Spray
Buying a wrinkle remover spray might be your lifesaver when you don’t have iron or if you don’t have much time to spare.
These sprays are designed to relax the fabric and allow you to flatten out any wrinkles or creases. 
All you have to do is spray it on your fabric when it’s dry and let it work it’s magic.

Step by Step Guide

How To Prevent Wrinkles On Rayon?
Make sure that your hands are dry
Wash and dry your hands before touching it. Whether you’re putting the clothes on or you’re trying to store them.
It’s not for a sunny day
Please don’t use it when you’re breaking a sweat or you’re in a hot environment.
Make sure everything is dry before putting it on
Wait until freshly applied lotion has dried before you wear anything Rayon. You can try running a tissue to check; otherwise, let it dry first.
Wear a wholly dried garment.
Pack it carefully
Place in at the bottom of the suitcase when packing. The hard surface will flatten it.
You can also store it in a plastic cover to avoid exposure to moisture and spills.
You can vacuum Rayon garments through a nylon screen to provide distance from the Rayon.
Better to hand wash it
It’s better if you hand wash your clothes if they’re made of Rayon fabric. 
Iron it meticulously
Understand how you can iron these types of clothes well. Do not overheat your garments.
Use a steamer as frequently as possible, especially on gentler fabrics.
Move like a fine lady when you wear it
Sit properly and put your clothes flat on the chair and your thighs.
Avoid crossing your legs.
Don’t put too much pressure on your clothes.


Rayon poses a unique challenge when it comes to removing wrinkles. But that doesn’t mean you should pass on this fabric altogether.

With the right techniques, you can enjoy this luxurious fabric wrinkle free.

I’m Jessica, mother of two and passionate seamstress. From a very young age, I’ve cultivated a passion for the creative arts, from drawing, sewing and now quilting. I saw it as a way to escape, to create, and above all, to please by offering my creations around me. The desire to pass on this passion has become more and more important, this is why I’m sharing my experience and my knowledge online.
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