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If you're a luxury towel lover, you know how wonderful it feels to wrap yourself in a brand new, fluffy towel.
But did you know that your new bath towel has a "break in" period before it reaches maximum softness and absorbency? In fact, it can take as many as three full wash cycles for your bath towel to feel great and absorb water the way it was designed to.
The towel experts at Fine Linen and Bath are here to explain.
If you've ever attempted to use a new bath towel without first washing it, you probably noticed it wasn't absorbing much water. This is because cotton towels are treated with a silicone finish at the end of the manufacturing process. This provides the perception of "softness" to customers who are touching the towel while shopping in retail stores.
In reality, that silicone coats the towel fibers and significantly diminishes their absorbency. To remove this silicone finish, and wash away any excess dye from a colored towel, we recommend always washing towels before their first use.
At Fine Linen and Bath, we recommend following this three-step process that will leave you with a clean towel with maximum softness and absorbency:
Step 1: Wash your new towel or towel set in warm to hot water -- not scalding -- on a regular wash cycle with one cup of white distilled vinegar. DO NOT USE DETERGENT, only white vinegar.
Step 2: Run the load a second time using only a half-cup of baking soda. AGAIN, DO NOT USE DETERGENT, only baking soda.
Step 3: Dry according to instructions WITHOUT fabric softener or dryer sheets.
Note: Skip using fabric softener or any kind of dryer sheet. These fabric conditioner treatments add the illusion of softness; in fact, they are actually depositing a waxy coating that breaks down the Egyptian cotton fibers of your towels and makes them less absorbent. Instead, use wool dryer balls to increase softness and shorten drying time.
Over time, even the highest quality terry towel can develop a musty smell, lose absorbency, and appear dingy. This is to be expected with regular use, as most of us don't diligently rotate the towels in our linen closet. Follow the steps above to refresh your musty, smelly towels right in your washing machine. It will leave them looking and feeling like new with renewed softness and absorbency.
Taking good care of your luxury towels is essential to extending their beauty, feel, and performance. Here are a few quick tips to keep your towels clean and looking good:
At Fine Linen in Bath, we offer dozens of luxury towel brands in various weights, styles, and colors to complement your decor. Visit our website to browse collections from leading manufacturers such as Abyss, Graccioza, Matouk, Sferra, and more. Many towel brands we carry are made in Portugal as part of that country's enduring legacy for excellence in bathroom textiles. With proper care, these towels will last and perform well for years to come.