Caring for your towels and textiles
Caring for your towels and textiles is very important and you may find that proper care will help them last longer, keep nice and soft with repeated use and feel like brand new after every wash.
Wash your towels before you use them
All new towels need to be set. Washing them before use and if possible with half a cup of white vinegar will help set the dyes and make the colours more resilient. The shrinkage that you will note after the first wash tightens the weave to protect the terry loops from pulling. There is also likely to be loose fibres in the towel which have been collected during the production process, this first wash will eliminate many of these.
We offer a first wash and tumble dry service for bulk orders of our towels to ensure that your customers enjoy the benefits of their new towel straight away.
Wash your towels together
You should wash similar items together. Fabric is made from small fibres of material (cotton, bamboo, polyester, linen, acrylic etc.) each fabric has its own properties. Washing your towels together allows the fibres to rub together in the same way, preventing ‘pilling’ or the rubbing and bobbling of the yarns. Ultimately this makes your towels last longer.
Wash small loads at a time
Overfilling your washing machine prevents air and water from circulating properly amongst the towels fibres. This means that they will not be cleaned deep into the terry or pile and will also prevent the detergent from being rinsed out effectively. The lack of air circulating through will prevent the fibres from fluffing up and the result of over filling your machine will be stiff rather than soft terry loops.
Use vinegar in the wash
Vinegar is great at stripping chemicals and sediment build ups, particularly in areas of hard water. Using vinegar occasionally prevents and build up thus increasing the absorbency of the towels. The result is that the fibres are able to fluff up in the wash cycle making the towel softer on the skin.
Banish any musty odours with baking soda
When you have washed your sports, swimming or gym kits, have you ever noticed a musty smell lingers after the wash? Adding half a cup of baking soda to your detergent will eliminate those unwanted odours.
Don’t use fabric softener
Fabric softners can actually reduce the life of a towel. After several washes softners can cause a build up of chemicals, preventing the softner from working and preventing the fibres from opening properly, the result is stiff fibres that are less absorbent and rougher on the skin.
Replace your towels regularly
As a towel producer, you would expect us to say that. However, despite your best care, towels will lose fibres, absorbency and comfort with repeated use. Towels need not be an expensive household luxury. A towel that is used regularly and washed regularly will still lose its plushness as it loses fibres, we expect a towel to be replaced every 2 to 3 years.