Among the various household tasks, ironing is undoubtedly one of the most challenging because it requires time and skill: the solution to the problem is stonewashed no-iron fabrics!
No-iron fabrics: naturally "wrinkled"
Perfectly folded pants, impeccably cut tablecloths and sheets that look as good as new are undoubtedly beautiful to look at, but not everyone is able to achieve the same results with an iron.
Often time is lacking, sometimes you simply aren't good at ironing, and you end up with creased-looking garments full of wrinkles and creases.
Fortunately, today those who don't really get along with the iron can count on the help of technology and, in particular, of a specific industrial process that allows garments to be treated so that they don't need to be ironed: stonewashed.
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The history and how it is made
This treatment originated in the 1960s, when it was the norm to produce jeans that were increasingly heavy and therefore stiff, hence the need to soften the fabrics. First the use of chemicals such as bleach or hydrogen peroxide was tried, then came the idea of using pumice stone to scrub fabrics.
From a factor of necessity, stonewash became a matter of fashion, with peak use between the 1970s and 1980s.
This process is used to give a product, often denim, a worn look and gives softness and elasticity to stiff fabrics such as canvas and denim. The process, as is easily guessed from the name, involves washing jeans with pumice stones that rub into the fabric and give it the typical worn look. Typically, garments are washed at about 60° for 60 to 120 minutes. Afterwards, the fabric is rinsed, softened, and finally air or tumbler dried.
Household linens made from stonewashed no-iron fabrics are made through a process similar to that regarding jeans, but much more delicate, so as not to ruin the fabric.
The result of such processing is linen that is softer to the touch, while having an original worn and naturally "creased" effect that does not require the ironing.
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