Cotton comes from a natural plant fibre which is used in a lot of our clothes as well home and bedding items. Cotton fibres are a comfortable and breathable fabric that is very durable and should be taken care of properly to keep them looking good for many years.
Before going to wash cotton fabrics, check the care label to see if the garment is best to be machine washed, hand washed or dry cleaned. Cotton is 100% washable and durable to withstand machine wash, but it is likely that some cotton garments have material that provides structure and shape (like blazers), which may deform if machine washed.
- Wash cotton clothes on a warm or cool cycle (40° or lower).
- Wash cotton linen, towels or underwear in hot temperatures (60°c) to remove germs.
- Avoid using fabric softener as this can create an unwanted layer over the fabric.
Cotton garments can be both air and machine dried, taking into consideration how in these methods.
- Air dry flat to retain it’s shape.
- Tumble dry on moderate to low heat.
Avoid hang drying as this can stretch out the fabric fibres, and avoid high temperature machine drying as this, plus agitation, can cause the garment to shrink.
Cotton is strong enough to withstand the highest setting on the iron. Make sure to check the care label for the recommended iron temperature setting. Always iron cotton fabrics inside out. You can also use a clothes steamer to get rid of wrinkles and creases.
Removing Stains From Cotton
Should a stain occur, result to any of the following stain removal methods:
- Colour safe stain remover/pen
- Washing up liquid- apply and gently rub onto damp, stained area.
- White vinegar- Add a cup to the the laundry cycle or make a paste with baking soda and apply to stain.
- Laundryheap– for a professional laundry and dry cleaning service, guaranteed to make clothes look as good as new.