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How To Wash Viscose Without Shrinking | The Laundress

Caring for Viscose

The Solution

Viscose is a type of rayon. Although many rayons CAN be washed, viscose has been known to shrink to extreme proportions. Unless the garment is specifically marked washable, DO NOT wash it.

We also find that rayon and viscose are often not labeled properly, and we do not recommend taking the risk of washing it as the shrinkage, elongation, distortion, or puckering is not reversible.

Example: Our often-cited "why not to wash viscose" example is the classic black matte jersey wrap dress by Diane Von Furstenberg. It shrinks to half its size!

Polyurethane is sometimes blended with viscose or rayon. We don't recommend washing items that contain polyurethane since this fabric can expand when laundered. (Examples include women's blazers and suit pants, often from Italian brands.)

When in doubt, perform a water test.


Apply product: Use the Wash & Stain Bar to spot treat washable viscose.

Work the stain: Create a lather using the soap and gently work it into the material. Make sure to use cool water. Follow by wiping the suds off the clean fabric with a damp Lint-Free Cleaning Cloth.

Reapply or repeat as needed: If the stain is not completely gone, repeat this process until satisfied.

Launder washable viscose: Wash according to our instructions-link viscose