Most cottons can be washed, but some require drycleaning, so it is important to check the instructions on the care label before cleaning.
- Separate colors before washing. Many cottons may bleed.
- Check the care label for special ironing instructions. Most easy care cottons such as those labeled “wash and wear” and “little or no ironing” need only a cool iron. Save the “cotton” setting for untreated cottons, such as handkerchiefs or tablecloths.
- Most cottons should be ironed on the right side. One exception is embossed or embroidered cottons, which should be ironed on the wrong side (face down), preferably on a padded cloth.