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How to Care for Hawaiian Clothing

Taking care of special garments and clothing can be tricky, especially that pricey Silk Hawaiian Shirt, or that stunning Velvet Hawaiian Dress.

Here is a list of how to wash and clean your clothing based on the type of material. More information can be found on the manufacturer's label of the garment


Generally fairly elastic, breathable, able to withstand high temperatures, and is very washable, but is susceptible to dyes. Ironing a Cotton Hawaiian Shirt will keep it crisp and easily free of wrinkles.

  • Machine wash cold water, preferably on gentle cycle. Do not use bleach, which may damage and wear out the material.
  • Tumble dry low, medium or air dry.
  • Iron on low heat to give your shirt that soft but crisp look; dresses should be cared with a steamer to remove wrinkles.
  • To keep your Hawaiian Shirts looking like new do not use high-drying temperatures, and iron on low heat, storing your shirt in a cool and dry place.
  • Please note the clothing may shrink after wash.


Known for its comfortable and soft feel, neat sheen, and breathable traits, Rayon Hawaiian Shirts are usually worn in a relaxed and comfortable fit. The material is sensitive to heat, so ironing and washing is not recommended on high settings.

  • The best way to keep your Rayon Hawaiian Shirt looking like new is to hand-wash and air dry (do not use bleach).
  • Soaking for long periods of time will cause the material to shrink.
  • Iron on very low heat to remove small wrinkles.
  • Dresses should be dry-cleaned, and never machine washed.


Compared to cotton or rayon, polycotton is a very solid and crispy texture, and is not very breathable, but is able to produce lavish and vivid colors. Because the dyeing and printing method is different from other materials, polycotton is very sensitive to heat and strong detergents, and will fade/bleed if not careful.

  • Machine wash cold or warm, normal cycle. Do not use detergents containing bleach
  • Tumble dry low, medium or air dry.
  • Iron on low heat; dresses should be cared with a steamer to remove wrinkles.
  • PolyCotton is generally colorfast, but use of strong laundry detergents or high-drying temperatures may cause bleeding and/or fading.


Velvet has a very soft feel, is water repellent, has a distinct and exquisite shine, and drapes elegantly. This material is a good choice for parties and performances, with its luxurious and stunning appearance. Velvet is also known for its water-repellency, but note it will lessen in time.

  • Dry-cleaning is the best method to cleaning this material; please do not machine wash or dry.
  • Please consult with a dry-cleaner if they provide water-repellent finishing services.


Silk is soft to the touch, breathable, and has a glamorous sheen, quite scarce and prized. Although the material is exquisite, silk is very difficult to care for, therefor dry-cleaning is highly recommended, as caring for silk garments the same as cotton will surely ruin it.

  • Dry-cleaning is the best method to cleaning this material; machine washing is very risky and not recommended unless under careful watch with cold water on gentle cycle.


Materials blended with spandex are generally has elasticity, and is comfortable to wear. Spandex blends do not wrinkle easily, but is vulnerable to heat (depending on the material's blend ratio), so ironing and steaming should be set at a low temperature.

  • Washing with neutral detergent is recommended.
  • Spandex is generally susceptible to sunlight, so hang-drying is the best option.
  • Discoloring may occur when using detergents or bleach including chlorine