Thin cotton can be easily damaged by stain remover, bleach and even laundry soap, but how to wash a cotton blouse if stain removal is required? Cotton is a delicate fabric that becomes even more fragile when wet: we therefore recommend hand washing.
Be sure to use cold water. Take care not to crush cotton during washing and do not leave your garment to soak for too long (3 to 5 minutes maximum). It is preferable to use a liquid or home-made detergent.
Machine washing is possible when indicated on the care label. Certain conditions must be respected: use the “hand wash/cold water” programme and wash with other pieces to avoid damaging the drum of the machine. If you do not have a “hand wash in cold water” programme, then wash by hand: heat can damage cotton.  Do not use chlorine-containing products, bleaches, stain removers, etc. It is better to wash cotton with liquid products or gel.
After washing, dry your garment without wringing, otherwise, the fibres may be distorted and this may damage your garment. We advise rolling your garment very carefully in a towel and pressing gently to remove excess water before drying.
Next, hang your garment on a coat hanger in the open air away from direct sunlight (which may damage the fibre of the cotton and cause colours to fade).

Iron your garment inside out while still damp.
If it is already dry, you can use a damp cloth between your iron and the garment. Set your iron to a high temperature and you can use steam.

What to do about stains?
There are specific stain removers for all kinds of stains: ink, grease, blood, etc. They are usually effective, but also aggressive, so use with caution! If you use one, test it first on a less visible part of your garment. Some products may burn the fibre and damage your clothing.

Rules of ironing

1 – Setting the right temperature. Always check the label! Set the temperature to the minimum for delicate materials (silk, viscose). Cotton can be ironed at high temperatures.
2 – Use dampness
Irons work better on slightly damp materials which are very useful for cotton and particularly when ironing silk and viscose.
3 – Iron clothing inside out
Clothing should be ironed inside out
4 – Use a damp cloth
A piece of damp cloth protects garments during ironing. They can be used with steam generator as well as standard irons.
5 – Do not overuse starch
It should be used sparingly to make cotton garments hang better, particularly shirts. Too much starch will produce a stiff effect.

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