What is Cotton?
Cotton is a soft, fluffy staple fiber that grows in a boll, or protective capsule, around the seeds of cotton plants of the genus Gossypium. The fiber is almost pure cellulose. Under natural conditions, the cotton bolls will tend to increase the dispersion of the seeds. Cotton fiber absorbs moisture readily, which makes cotton clothes comfortable in hot weather, while high tensile strength in soap solutions means they are easy to wash. It is the most widely used natural fabric in clothing because of its soft, breathable and comfortable qualities. Cotton is absorbent, cool, and durable, but is vulnerable to perspiration and sunlight, and will mildew if left damp.
How to Care for Cotton Clothes
It is a tough textile, able to withstand high temperatures without disintegrating, and lasts for years. Read the care label on your items to ensure you’re caring for the fabric properly, as cotton can be combined with other fabrics. If this is the case with your item, it may require additional or different care than what is outlined below so follow the instructions on the care label on your garment.
Cotton’s elasticity allows it to withstand high temperatures, has high washability and is very susceptible to dyes. It has an affinity for dyes yet some of the colors always bleed and require special precautions when washed at home. To prevent bleeding, similar colors should be washed together on the specific heat setting that color family needs. There is also cleaning instructions on every cotton garment which calls for a specific washing regiment to ensure that item stays in the best condition possible.
Though cotton is highly washable, it has a tendency to wrinkle easily. Ironing is the most effective way to get the wrinkles out. There are many tricks and tips to make ironing easier yet the best tip is iron cotton clothing on the “wrong” (reverse, inside out) side, while it is still slightly damp. This will allow for any finish on the cotton to not be harmed and still achieve the crisp look. Doing this process while the cotton is damp allows the added strength of the cotton to help get the wrinkles out and eliminates most friction that would combat the heat when wet.
Always read specific care instruction at each individual garment. The label with care instructions is attached to the garment from inside or it’s directly printed on the inside side of t-shirts or shirts. If you are still not sure about what is the best way of how to look about your new clothes then feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.