Cotton is one of the most popular natural fibres because it has excellent spinning characteristics and is particularly long-wearing. Cotton materials are very easy to dye and to bleach. On the other hand, the fabric is not very elastic, wrinkles very quickly and has low heat retention. However, there is hardly any other material that is so robust - or that can withstand so many cycles in a washing machine. The fine, solid fibres of the ramie plant from the Far East can be refined into a soft and fine blended cotton fabric with a beautiful shine.

Washing: Miele washing machines have special Cotton programmes for optimum care of cotton items. In general, white cottons can be washed at 95°C using a universal detergent. Coloured cottons should be washed using a detergent for coloureds at a temperature no higher than 60°C to avoid fading. Follow the instructions on the care label.

Drying: Cotton can normally be dried in a tumble dryer. Miele dryers have a Cottons programme. it is important to observe the drying instructions on the garment care label as there may be a risk of the garment shrinking depending on how the cotton fabric was finished.

Ironing: Cottons can be ironed at a high temperature (setting 3) using steam. Depending on the fabric, some garments should be ironed inside out.