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Island Bum Turkish Towel Care Tips

Posted on July 15 2016

FIRST WASH

Before use, soak towel in cold water over night and hang to dry. You may want to wash the towel on cold to clean the natural fibers. This allows the cotton fibers to bloom and will condition your towel to reach its maximum absorbency. Each machine wash will make the towel softer and more absorbent.

 

FOR DAILY USE

Wash in the machine at medium or cold. Tumble dry medium or hang to dry. Do not over dry. No bleach or fabric softener. If threads snag, simply cut the thread off. This will not damage integrity of your towel.

 

Tip: If you ever over-dry your towel and notice a decrease in absorbency, simply repeat soaking process outlined above.

 

FOR STAIN REMOVAL

We recommend a solution of baking soda and vinegar rubbed on the stain before washing.

 

Tip: A capful of white vinegar in the wash will brighten clothes and towels without harsh chemicals!

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Why do I need to soak my towels before using them?

Natural cotton needs to be trained to be absorbent. By soaking the towel, you are giving the cotton a jumpstart that is equivalent to repeated washes. After that, each machine wash will make the towel softer and more absorbent.

 

Why don’t I need to put fabric conditioner on the towels?

Fabric conditioners actually coat the natural fibers making them less absorbent! Your towels may smell great but over time, you are stopping the fibers from doing their work.

 

What should I use instead of bleach to keep white towels white?

Bleach tends to strip natural fibers of their natural oils, making them feel dry and brittle. Try using 1 tablespoon of vinegar and 1 teaspoon of baking soda in the wash instead. This is great for stain-removal as well.