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Washing & Shrinkage Information by Fabric

Most of our fabrics can be washed as noted below.

Please note, though, that we do not warrant fabric shrinkage or performance when washed because equipment, processes, etc., varies dramatically.

We always suggest using cool temperatures to prolong the life of your fabric and to save energy. We also strongly recommend removing the fabrics from the drier promptly and ironing while still damp, especially for heavier weight fabrics.

A few of the fabrics change appearance if washed.   We try to explain the changes, but to see if you like the change wash a length first.

FABRIC Appearance change if washed? Can I wash this in COOL water and line or air dry? Can I wash this in HOT water and high drier heat? Recommendations and/or description of appearance change

Asotin

NO

YES

YES

Washable in any temperature; minimal shrinkage (i.e., less than 2%). Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Astoria

NO

YES: shrinkage 5% in both width and length.

YES: shrinkage 10% in both width and length.

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Bainbridge

YES if washed in hot temp; NO if cool

YES – shrinkage 4% in width only; see comment to right.

YES: shrinkage 12% in length and 6% in width.

Remove from drier promptly and iron while still damp.

Campbell River

NO

YES: shrinkage 4% in width and 8% in length.

YES: shrinkage 12% in both width and length.

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Cedar

NO

YES: shrinkage 4% in length only.

YES: shrinkage 8% in length and 5% in width

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Chelan

NO

YES

YES

Washable in any temperature; minimal shrinkage (i.e., less than 2%)

Columbia

YES

YES: shrinkage 8% length only.

YES: shrinkage 10% in width and 12% in length.

This fabric tightens up slightly when washed, and loses a bit of its luster. The appearance is only slightly altered. Do not over dry; iron while still damp on obverse side.

Copper Creek

NO

YES: shrinkage 4% in width and 8% in length.

YES: shrinkage 12% in both width and length.

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Dungeness

NO

YES: shrinkage 2% width and 13% length.

YES: shrinkage 4% length and 13% length.

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Hood Canal

NO

YES: shrinkage 6% width and 3% length.

YES: shrinkage 8% width and 6% length.

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Ilahae

NO

YES: shrinkage less than 2% length and width.

YES: shrinkage 4% length and width.

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Kapowsin

NO

YES: but see recommendation.

YES: but see recommendation.

Although this fabric can be washed, we suggest not doing so because it is extremely heavy, making the drying time very long (i.e., > 3 hours in high temperatures). Shrinkage of more than 15% in width and length will occur if washed.

Methow

NOT WASHABLE

NO

NO

We recommend regular vacuuming. Professional green clean.

Mukilteo

NO

YES: shrinkage 4% width and less than 2% length.

YES: shrinkage 13% width and 7% length.

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Orcas

YES

YES: shrinkage 3% in both length and width.

YES: shrinkage about 5% width and 12% length.

Washing removes a bit of the fabric’s luster.

Palouse

YES

YES: shrinkage 3% width and 7% length.

YES: shrinkage 5% width and 10% length.

Washing eliminates the hard sateen finish and a slight nap is raised.

Puget

NO

YES: shrinkage less than 2% length and width.

YES: shrinkage 8% width and 10% length.

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Salish

NO

YES: shrinkage 6% width only.

YES: shrinkage 12% both width and length.

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Solar Grid

YES

 

YES: shrinkage 12% length and width.

 

YES: shrinkage 15% length and width.

This fabric contracts considerably when washed -   it loses its geometric quality and openness, and it gains a soft hand.

Vancouver

YES

 YES: shrinkage 4% width and 6% length.

 YES: shrinkage 8% width and 10% length.

Washing removes the smooth, sateen finish - and a nap is raised. Take out of   drier promptly and iron while still damp on obverse side.

Victoria

YES

 

YES: shrinkage 4% length and width.

 

YES: shrinkage 8% length and width.

Washing makes this fabric fluffier and removes its luster; it becomes similar to a velour. Do not use water or fabric softeners. Remove from drier promptly to avoid creasing.

Wenatchee

NO

YES: shrinkage 3% in width only.

YES: shrinkage 10% in width and 7% in length.

Do not over dry; iron while still damp.

Winthrop

NO

YES

YES

Washable in any temperature; minimal shrinkage (i.e., less than 2%). Do not over dry; iron while still damp.