Be sure to read labels carefully for fine garment cleaning of delicate knits such as cotton, rayon and linen. These delicate summer fabrics require close attention to care label instructions. Many knits require hand washing, some can be processed in a machine with a gentle or knit cycle and others may require dry cleaning only. Although linen is washable, it can shrink considerably unless it is preshrunk in manufacture. Unless the label says “preshrunk,” wash the garment in warm water on a short cycle and hang to dry. Some knits can be air-dried on a towel or tumble dried. Follow your garment's specific care label instructions. In addition, it is important to check knitted garments for unraveling and fraying, which may occur if the edges of the fabric have not been properly bound. Secure any loose fibers so that the fabric can withstand normal use and care procedures. Once significant unraveling has occurred, there is no remedy.