Cleaning Acrylics

by April Reinhardt
(last updated June 22, 2015)

Acrylic fabrics are made from synthetic fibers of polymer containing at least 85% acrylonitrile—a small molecule that becomes chemically bonded with other molecules to form a polymer.

Both lightweight and soft, acrylic fibers form a fabric weave that resembles wool's bulk, fluffiness, and softness. It dries easily and most acrylic fabric is machine washable. Acrylics are popular because they are wrinkle-resistant. However, they can lose their shape, pill easily, and are prone to static cling, even when they are blended with polyester or wool. Proper care, washing, and handling of pure acrylic fabrics are essential to keep them in good condition. Follow these steps for proper care and cleaning of your acrylic clothing:

  • Always read and follow the care labels inside of acrylic garments. If the manufacturer recommends dry-cleaning, do not wash the garment.
  • If the labels says you can wash the garment, turn it inside-out before washing to avoid or reduce pilling.
  • Wash acrylic garments with the delicate cycle of your washing machine, or by hand, using a gentle detergent such as Woolite.
  • If you hand-wash your acrylic garments, hang them to dry.
  • If you machine wash your acrylic garments, read the label to see if you can dry them in your clothes dryer. If so, most manufacturers recommend tumble dry on low heat setting, removing promptly from the dryer.

Recently, the Monsanto Chemical Company has developed a chemical process for acrylic clothing to deter pilling, named Pil-Trol. It is still recommended that you treat acrylic fabric very gently to discourage pilling. The more carefully you treat the fabric, the longer the garment will retain its original appearance.

A fun fact: the National Football League uses pure acrylic socks as part of their uniform, and most little league and soccer teams use acrylic socks, as well. Acrylic socks are very elastic and retain their shape well.

Author Bio

April Reinhardt

An admin­istrator for a mutual fund man­age­ment firm, April deals with the writ­ten word daily. She loves to write and plans to author a memoir in the near future. April attend­ed More­head State Uni­ver­sity to pursue a BA degree in Ele­men­tary Edu­ca­tion. ...


Picking a Tanning Salon

No matter if you choose UV bulbs or tanning spray to tan your skin, a reputable tanning salon will offer both methods to ...

Discover More

Recognizing Carpenter Ants

How do you know if your have a carpenter ant infestation? The next time that you see ants foraging about your home, check ...

Discover More

Growing Grass from Seed

The most important thing to remember when trying to grow grass from seed is to plant at the right time of year for the ...

Discover More

Keep Your Hardwood Floors Like New Bona's hardwood floor cleaner is the #1 choice of professionals. The no-residue formula is specially designed to be safe for floors, families, and the environment. Check out Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Refill today!

More Cleaning Tips

Removing Stains from Silk

Silk stains can be frustrating since washing silk removes the color and dry cleaning is expensive. Instead of sending the ...

Discover More

Give Permanent Press Items a Boost

Sometimes your permanent press items lose their shape and start looking kind of limp. Here are a few ways to give those ...

Discover More

Cleaning Makeup Stains from Wool

Many people think that cleaning makeup stains from wool is going to be next to impossible. After all, while cleaning wool ...

Discover More

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.


If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is 1 + 8?

There are currently no comments for this tip. (Be the first to leave your comment—just use the simple form above!)

Newest Tips

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in Cleaning Tips from Tips.Net. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.