French terry is a knit fabric, similar to jersey, but with one key difference: one side is smooth and flat (like jersey), while the other has loops of thread, giving it a more textured feel. This loopback construction makes French terry moisture-absorbing, breathable, and warmer than jersey, making it a popular choice for activewear or loungewear.

Here's how to care for French terry fabric:

  1. Washing: Most French terry items can be machine washed. Use cold or warm water with mild detergent, on a gentle cycle to help maintain the fabric's softness. Avoid using bleach, which can degrade the fabric over time.

  2. Drying: You can tumble dry French terry items on low heat, but air drying is recommended to maintain the fabric's shape and texture. Avoid wringing out the garment to prevent stretching or distortion.

  3. Ironing: French terry usually doesn't require ironing, but if you must, use a low heat setting and iron on the side without the loops to avoid flattening them.

  4. Storing: Store your French terry garments folded rather than on hangers to maintain their shape.

As with any fabric, it's always best to check the care label on the garment for specific washing, drying, and ironing instructions. Improper care can lead to pilling, fading, or shrinkage, so always follow the manufacturer's care recommendations to keep your French terry items looking their best.