How to Wash Fiber Optic Fabrics and Their Products

Fiber optic fabrics must be washed with water, they cannot be dry-cleaned. Some fabrics can be washed in a washing machine, and others cannot, depending on the different processes used.

Here we will discuss both washing methods- machine washing and hand washing.

1. Machine Wash:

Washable optical fiber fabric is typically made from soft two-layer or multi-layer fabrics that are suitable for machine wash. One or two layers of tulle cover the outer surface of this fabric. On the side of the tulle, plastic optical fiber is regularly interlaced, and the interlacing distance is relatively long, allowing the optical fiber to maintain a certain distance from the tulle without being damaged.

A machine-washable fabric like this can be used in a washing machine like regular clothing. Since the optical fiber fabric products are connected to the electronic control system, waterproofing of the control system is critical here.

It is worth mentioning that the electronic control system utilized by LUMISONATA is of the highest quality. We use a mold to make the connection between the LED and the wire. The structure is therefore waterproof. Also, a threaded construction of the mold allows it to easily attach to the fiber end of the bundle.

Along with the waterproofing of the mold, a simple plastic sleeve is available for the USB interface at the connection of the LED and the wire. The controller cover should be unplugged when machine washing and the plastic sleeve should be used instead.

2. Non-machine Wash:

Non-machine washable fiber fabrics are those with a single layer. In this fabric, the plastic optical fiber is very closely woven with the warp. A 180-degree external force will cause a plastic optical fiber to break. Therefore, these fabrics can only be washed by hand.

Fiber-optic fabric products require an electronic control system for connect with led , and therefore that control system must be waterproof. As I mentioned earlier, LUMISONATA’s electronic control system did a great job by combining the LEDs and making a mold for the wire connection.

3.Non-machine washing involves the following steps:

a) Add detergent to clean water (water temperature should be between 20 and 40 degrees Celsius), mix thoroughly, and soak for five minutes, the detergent cannot contain strong acids or alkalis.

b) Cover the USB plug of the item that needs cleaning with the plastic cover provided and soak it for five minutes in water.

c) Scrub the stains away from the plastic optical fiber.

d) After cleaning, rinse it off with clean water. Place it in the shade to dry. The fabrics/clothes should not be dried in the washing machine or exposed to the sun.

e) If the stain is only a small area, it is easier and faster to clean the stain with a brush directly.

Above I discussed the washing process of fiber optic fabrics. Washing fiber optic clothes is not a difficult job, and it’s well worth the effort. You’ll be rewarded with an amazing outfit everyone will envy if you wash your new fiber optic garment carefully to preserve its beautiful fabric!

I know you’re probably wondering, what’s next? Well, I encourage you to stay tuned and keep following my blog to learn more about fiber optic fabrics.

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      TOM TANG is the founder and CEO of LUMISONATA.

      TOM TANG is one of the top experienced master in the optical fiber fabric manufacturing industry. 

      It has been 9 years in research optical fiber fabrics and applied products since 2012.    

      Now the technical team has 1 PhD in Chemistry, 1 Textile Engineer and 1 Electronic Engineer, with more than 20 patents.


What you need is a true veteran of the luminous fiber optic fabric industry. Let LUMISONATA help you become the first in your field.