Taking Proper Care of "Superman's Cape"!
Posted by Bob Ianson on
Your towels should provide you with years of service with proper care. Here are a few tips to prolong the life of your towels and keep them looking good and drying as they were intended.
Laundry Tips for Your Towels
While hot water is good for eliminating germs, it will also fade your colours. Warm water works best and you should always use a pure soap. Anything that “whitens and brightens”, usually does so with bleach which will further hasten the colours to fade. We recommend Nellie’s Laundry Soda. This product is all natural, biodegradable, non-toxic and hypo-allergenic. It dissolves quickly in cold or warm water, rinses thoroughly and leaves no residue that would make your towels less absorbent. Nellie’s Laundry Soda is especially good for baby clothes and individuals with allergies or sensitive skin.
Always wash light and dark colours separately. Dry at medium heat and preferably with a setting that senses when the drying process is completed. Over-drying causes shrinkage. The number one consumer complaint on their towels is that the dobby border has puckered and will not lay flat. This is generally caused by too much heat causing the base yarns of the towel, (warp and weft yarns) to shrink and this causes the dobby border to pucker.
Owning multiple sets allows you rotate your towels and further extend their life. Always wash your towels before use. This will remove any germs and sizing in the fabric and make them more absorbent. Always wash towels with towels and never with your bed linens as this will cause your bed linens to “pill”. Lastly, avoid the use of fabric softener when washing or drying towels. It coats the yarn and over time your towels will become less and less absorbent. Try using wool dyer balls which will also help soften your towels. If you want a fresh scent, add a drop of essential oils to your dryer ball before tossing them in the dryer.