Does Spandex Shrink?

Does Spandex Shrink?

Spandex is a popular fabric for event planners and party decorators. Known for its elasticity and sleek look, this material instantly gives a polished look to old party tables and chairs. One common question decorators ask: will spandex shrink? When spandex shrinks, it can affect the utility of your linens. It’s important to know how to care for your material to make it last long.

In this blog, we go through the basics of this unique material and how to care for and maintain it to keep it from shrinking. Get top tips on how to maintain your spandex to get a polished look at your party.

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Understanding Spandex Fabric

Spandex is a synthetic fabric made out of polyurethane, a material that’s similar to plastic. It is also known as lycra or elastane. This material was engineered for high elasticity, breathability, and water resistance. It is often mixed into other synthetic fibers or organic fibers to add elasticity to the fabric.

Does Spandex Shrink?

Now that we know the basics of spandex, we answer the question in every new event decorator’s mind. Does spandex shrink? The short answer is yes, spandex does shrink when exposed to high heat.

Although spandex can withstand higher temperatures compared to other materials, extremely high heat can cause the fibers to shrink. Specifically, spandex starts to shrink when exposed to temperatures that are above 65 degrees Celsius.

Harsh detergents, strong cleaning agents, and bleach can also cause spandex to shrink. Not only intense heat can cause shrinking but also prolonged exposure to heat. For example, when air dried, avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight as this can also shrink your spandex.

How to Properly Care for Spandex

The good news is that spandex doesn’t shrink when you care for it properly. Here are some top tips to follow to make your fabric last long and ready for any party.

When washing your spandex, always make sure to use cold water and mild detergent. The standard hot water cycle at any washing machine can easily reach temperatures that shrink your fabric. Make sure to use a cold cycle.

Will spandex shrink in the dryer? The short answer is yes if you use a heat setting that is too high. Upon drying your fabric, use the lowest heat setting on your dryer. You can also opt to air-dry your material. However, make sure to place it in a shaded area. Avoid prolonged exposure to direct heat and sunlight.

Lastly, when ironing your fabric, use the lowest heat setting to avoid shrinkage. You can use a press cloth to minimize heat exposure. You can also opt to use a steam iron. Just make sure to hold the nozzle a few inches away from your fabric to avoid heat damage.

Decorating with Spandex

Once you’ve learned the basics of how to maintain your spandex fabric material properly, you can get a polished look at your party each time. Spandex is a popular material at parties and events. Here are some ways you can dress your space for a luxurious vibe.

Use spandex drapes to set the tone at any party. Easily cover walls and add color to your event space for a sleek look.

Spandex 4-way Stretch Drape Curtain 10ft H x 60" W - Black
Spandex 4-way Stretch Backdrop Drape Curtain 10ft H x 60" W - Champagne
Spandex 4-way Stretch Drape Curtain 10ft H x 60" W - Turquoise

Dress your party tables with spandex tablecloths for a clean and polished look.

Rectangular 8 FT Spandex Table Cover - White
Spandex Cocktail Table Cover 30" Round - Fuchsia
Rectangular 6 FT Spandex Table Cover - Navy Blue

Complete your look with spandex chair covers or spandex chair sashes. Get an instantly clean look with uniform chair covers at your wedding reception or dinner banquet. 

Spandex Banquet Chair Cover - Champagne
Spandex Banquet Chair Cover - Chocolate Brown
Swag Back Ruched Spandex Banquet Chair Cover - Black

Party in Style with Spandex Linens

Spandex is a fabric material that’s flexible, versatile, and highly affordable. You will want to have a party linen set in this material in your design arsenal. We’ve gone through the basics of what spandex is and how to properly maintain this fabric to avoid shrinkage.

Follow our basic guide and top tips to get long-lasting party linens to dress up your event space. Use spandex party linens to instantly elevate your tablescape and party venue. Party in style and create cherished memories with friends and family to last for a lifetime. 

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