Will 70 Cotton 30 Polyester Shrink? [FAQs] ***

Yes, a 70% cotton 30% polyester blend can shrink when washed and dried, but typically less than pure cotton fabric. Here’s why:

Cotton Shrinkage

  • Cotton fibers shrink when exposed to high heat during washing or drying due to the fibers losing tension[1]. So cotton content in fabric contributes to potential shrinkage.

Polyester Resistance

  • Polyester is a synthetic fiber that is designed to resist shrinking. The higher the polyester content, the less shrinkage occurs[1][2].
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So a 70/30 cotton/polyester blend has potential to shrink due to the natural cotton fibers, but the 30% polyester content will limit the amount of shrinkage.

How Much Will It Shrink?

You can expect a 70/30 cotton/polyester blend to shrink 3-5% on average[3]:

  • The cotton portion (70%) would shrink about 5% if it was 100% cotton[3].
  • But the 30% polyester blend lowers the overall shrinkage rate.

The exact shrinkage depends on the fabric quality and washing methods.

Preventing Shrinkage

To prevent a 70/30 blend from shrinking:

  • Wash in cold or warm water, not hot[4][5].
  • Tumble dry on low heat or hang dry[4][5].
  • Avoid high heat from ironing as well[6].

This minimizes shrinkage from the cotton fibers while maintaining the shape.

I hope this gives you a better understanding of how much a 70% cotton 30% polyester fabric can be expected to shrink! Let me know if you need any clarification or have additional questions.

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