Cotton fabric is made from natural plant fibers and is widely used in clothes and table linens and everything from delicate baby onesies to denim blue jeans. The fibers can be woven or knit to produce comfortable, breathable fabrics. Cotton clothes are affordable and durable but should be handled correctly to keep them looking their best and lasting for years.
One hundred percent cotton fabrics are washable. However, always check the care labels in garments before tossing clothes in the washer. While cotton is washable, some clothes or accessories may have materials that provide structure and shape― like interfacings in structured jackets and blazers―that are not washable. So, if you are a novice at doing laundry and see a dry clean only tag, pay attention. Cotton garments should be washed every two to three wears, depending on how soiled the item gets.
What is required for best results
Detergent High performing detergent
Water Temperature Cold for colored cottons, hot for bed linens and undergarments
Washer Cycle Normal
Drying Cycle Permanent press for clothes, regular cycle for linens
Special Treatments Pre-treat stains
Ironing Setting Cotton setting or 400 F/ 204 C
What we use
Chlorine or oxygen bleach
Laundry starch or sizing
Fabric softener or dryer sheets (optional)
Washer or large sink for hand washing
Automatic dryer, outdoor clothesline or indoor drying rack
Iron or clothes steamer
The process of cleaning your cotton fabrics;
If your cotton item has stains, we pretreat them with a stain remover before tossing them into the water. The amount of time for letting the item set will depend on how fresh the stain is.
Selecting a heavy-duty, high-performing detergent is our best option for removing body soil, odor, and most stains. However, if the clothes are only lightly soiled, any detergent is safe to use on cotton fabrics.
Fabric softeners will make the cotton fibers feel softer and may reduce some wrinkling. However, it is not essential to the care of cotton clothes and the use of fabric softener is optional.
Unless the cotton garment is worn close to the body, like underwear, socks or sleeping attire, warm or cold water is the best washing temperature to prevent shrinkage and stretching. Cooler water temperatures will also help prevent fading in bright or darker colors.
Overdrying not only causes some cotton clothes to shrink from the high temperature, but it also causes excessive wrinkling. Select the permanent press setting for cotton clothes or use a lower dryer temperature setting. Sheets, towels, and kitchen linens can be dried at a higher temperature to speed up the process. Drying time depends on the size of the load.
Most cotton fabrics need very little ironing if the clothes are removed from the dryer while slightly damp. Hang clothes to finish drying to prevent excessive wrinkling.
Key steps to washing whites: Wondering how to remove stains from white clothes? Remember these steps: Wash your whites with a quality detergent, on as hot a wash as safe for the fabric. If marks remain, try a natural stain remover like baking soda or white vinegar. For plain fabrics, try bleaching the marks with […]
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