Towels are typically made of 100-percent cotton or a cotton blend. This makes them absorbent, sturdy and washable. New towels come in several sizes and colours but all require special care to keep them from looking old before their time. Fading, unravelling and odours are common problems that may reduce the useful life of towels. Proper care for new towels focuses on prevention.
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Things you need
- Washing powder
- Fabric softener
Wash new towels before you use them. This makes them softer and removes any substances that may have settled on towels during storage or transport. It will also remove excess dyes from the towels so they do not transfer to your skin.
Wash the towels with like colours to avoid colour transfer and use cold water to avoid fading or shrinking towels. You can use small amount of fabric softener--½ a capful of laundry softener per load--to help reduce pills.
Tumble-dry new towels in a clothes dryer on a "warm" setting. Ensure the lint filter is clean beforehand.
Make sure the towels are totally dry before storing them. Place them in a dry, well-ventilated area. Dampness can cause mildew.
Cut off loose threads whenever they appear. This will keep the towel from unravelling, prolonging the life of the towel.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid drying coloured towels in direct sunlight--doing so will fade the colour.
- Never use bleach on coloured towels.
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