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.
1 – 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.
2 – DRYING
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).
3 – IRONING
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.