Care for your Turkish Towel
TAKING CARE & LOVING YOUR TOWEL
Our towels are made of 100% Turkish cotton. (Our 'BANU' towels are made of 100% bamboo).
Turkish towels will get softer and more absorbent the more you use them and wash them.
How to make Turkish towels more absorbent if you want to jump-start the process? You can soak your new towel in cold water for a few hours or overnight and hang dry it. This isn't a must but it will emulate washing and drying your towel many times. Natural cotton needs to be "broken in", which allows the fibers to bloom, be softer and reach maximum absorbency.
It is recommended that you wash your towel before using it. Use a gentle/cold cycle on washing machines or hand-wash.
Please do not use fabric conditioners or drying sheets... eg Bounce
You can tumble dry on low heat or, preferably, air-dry. (Turkish Towels air-dry super quickly).
Most stains will be handled by your washing machine and detergent, but for extra nasty stains, we recommend rubbing a solution of baking soda and vinegar on the stain before washing. This will also brighten the colors on your towel.
Can Turkish towels go in the washer and dryer?
Absolutely. We recommend gentle machine washing in warm or cold with similar colors. No bleach and try not to mix the wash with items that have zippers or hooks as they might get tangled in the fringe.
Line drying would be the best, but at home we use the lower heat setting on our tumble dryer. Too much heat can damage the integrity of cotton, making your towels hard. Try a lower setting, or alternate between hang drying and tumble drying.
Should I use fabric softener?
No. Fabric softener creates a film that coats your towel's naturally absorbent cotton, which actually builds-up. Although it might feel soft and nice at first, this build-up of film overtime makes your towel less absorbent. The good thing is that a Turkish towel will get softer and more absorbent the more you use it, always as long as you don't use fabric softener in the wash.
How to make a Turkish towel softer and more absorbent?
Summarizing the points above, all you need to do is keep using and washing your towel and to not use fabric softener.
What to do with pulled threads or unraveled fringe?
If your towel has snagged and pulled out threads, simply cut the thread off. This will not damage your towel due to the way it has been loomed. The fringes are hand-knotted and can unravel with use. These can be re-tied. Make two bunches and twist each section clockwise till fully twisted. Take each bunch and wrap around each other in an anti-clockwise direction till fully twisted around each other. Tie a knot at the end of the fringe.