What is Wrinkle Resistant?

Wrinkle resistance is a property of textiles that helps them resist creases and wrinkles, which is especially important for frequently used and laundered items like dress shirts, pants, and bedding.

There are different ways to achieve wrinkle resistance. One common method is to treat the fabric with a chemical finish that coats the fibers, helping them maintain their shape. This is often called 'wrinkle-resistant' or 'wrinkle-free' finishing. A combination of resin and formaldehyde is typically used in the chemical finish to crosslink the fibers and prevent them from creasing.

Another method is to use synthetic fibers like polyester, which are naturally more resistant to creasing and wrinkling than natural fibers like cotton or wool. Fabrics made from synthetic fibers can often be blended with natural fibers to get the best of both materials.

Although wrinkle-resistant fabrics are popular for their convenience and ease of care, they also have some drawbacks. The chemical finishes used to achieve wrinkle resistance can be harsh and may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some people.

Additionally, the finishes can wear off over time and may reduce the overall durability and lifespan of the fabric.