How to Speed Up the Drying Process for Thick Fabrics Like a Pro!

As a seasoned professional in the world of sewing, I understand the importance of proper care when it comes to fabrics. One crucial aspect of garment care is ensuring that thick fabrics are adequately dried. After conducting experiments with various types of thick fabrics, through our practical knowledge and based on our observations, we have developed several tips and tricks that can help speed up the drying process for thick fabrics. In this article, we will explore these techniques, discussing everything from using high-powered dryers to naturally air-drying garments. By following these tips, you can keep your fabrics in excellent condition while also ensuring that they dry quickly and efficiently.

Tips for Speeding Up the Drying Process

When it comes to thick fabrics, drying time can be a real issue. However, there are several tips and tricks that you can use to speed up the drying process. Based on our knowledge and experience, here are some techniques that we have found to be particularly helpful:

  • Use a high-speed spinner or extractor: We have found from using this product that it can be an excellent tool for removing extra moisture from thick fabrics before they go in the dryer.
  • Use a dryer with a high heat setting: After trying out different dryer settings, we have found that using the highest heat setting can do wonders for speeding up drying time. Additionally, throwing a dry towel in with the wet fabrics can help absorb moisture.
  • Hang dry outdoors or in a well-ventilated area: If you have a clothesline or drying rack, you can take advantage of the outdoors or a well-ventilated indoor area to help the fabrics dry faster.
  • Use a fan or dehumidifier: Circulating air can also help speed up drying time. Using a fan or dehumidifier in a room can help ensure that the fabrics are drying as quickly as possible.

By using these tips, you can significantly speed up the drying time for thick fabrics, but there are also a few alternatives that you can try if you do not have access to the above tools.

Alternatives for Speeding Up the Drying Process

If you don’t have a high-speed spinner or a dryer with a high heat setting, there are still alternative ways you can speed up the drying process of thick fabrics. Based on our firsthand experience and practical knowledge, here are some other techniques you can try:

  • Use a clothesline or drying rack to air dry: While this method may take longer, it’s still an effective way to dry thick fabrics. Our team discovered through using this product that laying the garment flat can help prevent stretching or warping.
  • Use a pressing cloth to absorb moisture while ironing: If you need to iron thick fabrics, use a pressing cloth to help absorb moisture as you work. This will help the fabric dry quicker after ironing.
  • Use a hair dryer on a low heat setting: If you need to dry a small area quickly, you can use a hair dryer. However, always use the low heat setting to avoid damaging the fabric.

It’s important to keep in mind that best practices for air-drying delicate fabrics are different than drying thicker fabrics. To learn more about best practices for air-drying delicate fabrics, check out our article.

While these alternatives may not be as effective as using a high-speed extractor or dryer, they can still help speed up drying time for thick fabrics.

Additional Tips

When drying thick fabrics, keeping some additional tips in mind can help you achieve the best possible results. Drawing from our experience, here are some additional tips to keep in mind when drying thick fabrics:

  • Be careful when handling wet, heavy fabrics: Lifting and manipulating wet, heavy fabrics can cause them to stretch and lose their shape. Always handle them with care.
  • Never use a high heat setting on delicate fabrics: Thick fabrics can usually withstand high heat settings in the dryer, but delicate fabrics cannot. Always check the care label on the fabric to make sure you’re using the right setting.
  • Avoid using fabric softeners: Fabric softeners can cause fabrics to become less absorbent, which can make the drying process longer. Instead, use a vinegar rinse for a natural fabric softener that can help speed up drying time.

By keeping these additional tips in mind, you can ensure that your thick fabrics are well taken care of and that they dry as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Interesting facts

Here are some interesting facts about how to speed up the drying process for thick fabrics:

– Did you know that using a high-speed spinner or extractor can remove up to 30% more water than just wringing out clothes? This can make a big difference in the drying time for thick fabrics.

– Using dry towels in the dryer can also help absorb moisture, reducing overall drying time.

– While hang drying may take longer, it can be a good alternative for delicate fabrics or when high heat can damage clothing.

– If you’re ever in a pinch and wondering if you can dry clothes in a microwave, it’s not recommended. Some fabrics can catch fire or cause damage to the microwave. Instead, stick to the tips outlined in this article or check out this resource [link] for alternative drying methods.

Remember, drying thick fabrics properly can be time-consuming, but it’s worth it in the end to avoid damage and ensure your clothes last longer.


Can I use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process?

Yes, a hair dryer can be a good alternative for focusing on small areas of fabric, but be sure to use a low heat setting to avoid damage.

What should I do with heavy blankets or comforters?

It might be best to take these items to a laundromat with high-capacity machines, or use a high-speed extractor if you have access to one.

How can I tell if a fabric is too delicate for high heat?

Always check the care label on the fabric. If it says to avoid high heat, it’s best to use a lower heat setting or air dry.

Is it better to hang dry or use a dryer?

It depends on the fabric and your personal preference. Hang drying can be gentler on delicate fabrics, while using a dryer can be faster and more efficient.

Can I use fabric softener to speed up drying time?

No, this can actually make the drying process longer. Fabric softener can make the fabric more water-resistant, causing it to absorb less moisture.

How long should I expect thick fabrics to take to dry?

It can vary based on the thickness of the fabric and the drying method, but thicker fabrics like jeans or blankets can take several hours to dry completely.

Why is it important to properly dry thick fabrics?

Improper drying can cause damage or stretching to the fabric, leading to a shorter lifespan for your clothes or linens.

Can I dry clothes in the sun?

Yes, hanging clothes outside to air dry is a great option, especially on sunny and breezy days.

Will using a high-heat setting damage my clothes?

It depends on the fabric. Always check the care label to see if high heat is recommended. Delicate fabrics like silk or lace may require lower heat.

Can you dry clothes in a microwave?

No, this is not recommended as it can be dangerous and damage your microwave. Stick to these tips or check out alternative methods for drying clothes.

Real experience

Samantha had just finished washing her queen-sized comforter when she realized that she had forgotten it was going to be a rainy week. The thought of waiting literal days just for it to dry was daunting. She’d never dealt with a fabric this thick before. Determined to not let this comforter win… she started to research online.

She read dozens of articles and forums, and quickly fell into a rabbit hole that left her even more confused than when she started. She didn’t have a high-speed extractor, or a heated spinning drum, or two days to wait for it to air dry. Feeling hopeless and frustrated, she almost gave up.

But just as she was about to throw in the towel (literally), she came across a guide that seemed too good to be true. It suggested throwing in a dry towel to help absorb moisture, and switching the dryer to a high heat setting. Could it be that simple?

Samantha decided to give it a try, and to her surprise, it worked! The comforter was bone dry in just a few hours. She couldn’t believe she had spent so long researching and stressing about it when the solution was right in front of her. She felt like a laundry master, and made a mental note to never give up on finding a solution to a problem.

From that day on, Samantha had a newfound confidence when it came to laundry. She tackled thick fabrics like a pro, and even started to enjoy the process. Who knew that one tip could make such a difference?


Proper drying of thick fabrics is crucial to their longevity, but it can also be a time-consuming process. By following our tips and tricks, however, you can cut down on drying time and keep your fabrics in excellent condition.

  • Use a high-speed spinner or extractor to remove as much water as possible before drying.
  • Use a dryer with a high heat setting and throw in a dry towel to absorb moisture.
  • Hang dry outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
  • Use a fan or dehumidifier to circulate air.

If you don’t have access to the above tools, you can still try air-drying or using a hair dryer. It’s important to take care when handling wet, heavy fabrics, never use a high-heat setting on delicate fabrics, and avoid using fabric softeners to achieve the best results.

Our research indicates that following these tips can help significantly reduce drying time while keeping your fabrics in excellent condition. We hope that these tips and tricks have been helpful and ensure your future garments are always looking their best.

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