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How to Remove Fold Lines From Fabric

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My Laundry Question

Any idea how to get a lighter line from folding out of cotton?

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I have 100% cotton twill fabric that has been folded and sitting for about two years now. I unfolded it to use it and there seems to be a permanent, lighter line where the center fold was. It may have been ironed on that fold once upon a time.

Lessons Learned

  • I've tried using a water and vinegar solution and that didn't help

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

Forest green 100% cotton twill

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

I'm not sure the line will every come out completely because sharp fold lines can bend or break the fibers. And, there could even be a bit of fading on that line if the fabric was exposed to sunlight. But, we can certainly try!

Since the vinegar and water didn't work, saturate the entire line with water. Make sure that it is thoroughly wet. Place the fabric on an ironing board wrong side up. Use a dry iron on the cotton setting. Press until the fabric is completely dry. Do not remove from the ironing board, allow the hot fabric to cool completely before moving. This is so the fibers will all be "flattened" and hopefully will stay flat and not bend again.

Good luck!

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