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Cotton is probably the most common natural fibre in the world and has a wide range of uses. It can be woven for fine quality shirts and bloused or knitted into T-Shirts and track suits. Jeans are made of cotton as well as many curtains, settee covers and even tents, all of which need to be especially hardy and/or may take special finishes to make them either attractive or functional.
The main cleaning problem with cotton is its tendency to distort, either stretching or shrinking. When wet the fibres swell considerably. Although this may be useful if you wish to make rainwear waterproof, letting the fibres fill holes by swelling into the spaces, it can also lead to additional distortion as the fibres "hold" onto each other and distort as they dry.
You can stretch cotton easily when wet and if held under tension whilst drying it will retain this new shape when dry. However, when re-wet the fibres shrink back to their original shape. Consequently if the fabric has been put under tension during manufacture your first wash could see a garment shrink considerably.
Coloured cottons are normally machine washable at between 40o to 50o centigrade. You should avoid using detergents with optical brightening agents as these may progressively alter the shade of the fabric.
White woven cottons such as bed linen and table cloths can often be washed at boiling temperatures to obtain best results. However, this doesn't apply to cotton/polyester mixes.
Knitted cotton, such as jumpers, should be reshaped whilst damp and dried flat. Avoid hanging from a hanger while wet as this may permanently distort the shoulders.
The fabric can be dry cleaned successfully in all commercial solvents and doing so will generally lead to less shrinkage and distortion in the fibre as well as retaining any vivid colours for longer. However, if white or light coloured cotton is not cleaned in pure solvent or if there is excess water in the wash it can lead to graying, which can prove impossible to repair.
Often problems with cotton occur because of surface treatments applied after the garment has been made and the care label has been stitched in.
Although the garment, chair cover, curtain or T'shirt may have been correctly labeled before the treatment, afterwards the details may be wrong. This can even make garments impossible to clean correctly by following the care label.
In this event, any problem that occurs are the fault of the manufacturer and you should return any damaged items to the retailer for a full refund.
It's important that the garment isn't distorted, so hangers should correctly fill the shoulders and if possible fill the body to simulate your own body (body formers are available) and sleeves, bows and features, such as silk flowers, should be in their correct position before storing. Then place the garment in a purpose made cover in a dark wardrobe where there's no damp.
Ironing cotton is often best done at quite high temperatures. However always follow the care label as, once again, surface treatments may change the reaction to heat.
Cotton T-Shirts, sweat shirts and Hoodies that have prints on will often be non or cool iron due to the print.
Simple and Safe + Effective
Net-Trol Wood Cleaner and Colour Restorer is a safe one-part treatment that restores the natural colour and beauty of wood.
Unlike bleach or chlorine based cleaners it will not damage the wood fibres. Instead it naturally cleans the wood to remove the grey weather beaten look caused by exposure to the sun and rain.
Being natural Net-Trol is safe to use, requiring no specialist equipment or protective clothing and will not harm surrounding plants or shrubs.
A concentrated formula, Net-Trol offers exceptioonal value for money, as it may be used neat or diluted in ratios up to 1:4 with clean fresh water.
Net-Trol is ideal for decking, exterior furniture (including plastic), stone, concrete and GRP. Net-Trol will even remove rust stains.
Net-Trol is ideal for restoring the colour to faded & weathered garden furniture. Suitable to teak and other hardwoods, it restores the rich natural colour and prepares the wood for a penetrating wood finish.
Clean Your Iron While Still Hot
Clean any hot iron simply, with the Ez-Off and a lint free cloth
We're often asked by visitors to the site to find certain products used by professionals and to supply them through DrClean. Perhaps the most requested is anything that might clean an iron easily - and now we've found the perfect answer. Ez-Off is made in the USA and is designed for professionals to clean their commercial irons.
Here's how it's used;
Prepares Any Surface For Paint
Paint on absolutely anything with ESP. Glass - Tiles - Kitchen Units - Absolutely Any Solid Surface
Water-Based ESP (Easy Surface Prep) is a special blend that preparesd and primes the surface in one. It gets high gloss surfaces ready or painting quickly and easily - negating the need for the dusty and dirty job of sanding.
ESP provides a 'micro priming' bonding film that paint really stick to. Just 2 hours after applying ESP you can be painting over it with any water or oil based paint, assured in the knowledge it won't peel.
Easy on the hands and odourless, Owatrol ESP is the easy, quick and effective way to prepare any non-porous surface whether inside or out and being odourless makes it ideal in confined areas. Just clean the surface, apply ESP, wait 2 hours then paint.
Can be applied direct to ceramic and glass surfaces as well as baked enamels, laquers, plastics and many more surfaces.