Most cottons can be washed, but some require dry cleaning, 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.
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