Hey there! You’re asking about whether Ponte fabric shrinks, and the answer is yes, it can. However, the degree of shrinkage can vary based on the quality of the fabric and how you care for it.
What is Ponte Fabric?
Ponte fabric, officially known as Ponte de Roma, is a double-knit fabric that’s soft, sturdy, and used to make a wide variety of garments.
It’s typically a blend of polyester, rayon, and spandex, although you can also find blends of rayon/spandex and rayon/nylon/spandex. The fabric content and the care methods can influence how much the fabric shrinks.
Factors Influencing Shrinkage
Different types of Ponte fabric can have different shrinkage rates. For instance, rayon Ponte fabric can shrink considerably, up to 15% both lengthwise and widthwise.
Lightweight Ponte fabric can shrink up to 11%, while midweight and heavyweight Ponte fabrics can shrink 3% and 8% respectively.
The method of care can also influence shrinkage. High heat and agitation can cause the fibers to contract, resulting in shrinkage. Therefore, it’s recommended to wash Ponte fabric in cold water on a gentle cycle and air dry it to minimize shrinkage.
Tips to Prevent Shrinkage
Here are some tips to prevent or minimize shrinkage in Ponte fabric:
- Always check the care label before washing Ponte fabric clothing.
- Wash in cold water and use a gentle cycle to minimize agitation.
- Avoid using high heat when drying Ponte fabric. Air drying is preferred.
- If using a dryer, use a low heat setting and remove the garment promptly once dry.
I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.