Care Instructions for Terry Towelling
Helpful tips for the correct care of your terry products - So that softness lasts longer
Preferably warmer in the beginning
Please note that every product should be washed before first use. On the one hand, this rinses out possible excess colour residues, and on the other hand, it makes the surface denser, thus reducing the risk of threads being pulled. Wash coloured terry towelling from the beginning with mild detergent without optical brighteners and please keep to the recommended temperature of 60 degrees without fail in order to prevent the colours from bleeding. White products keep their bright white best with a full detergent and a temperature of also 60 degrees.
Towels: separating and drying
You should also wash terry towelling as usual - separately for light and dark colours. In the case of dark and strong colours, excess dye can easily be deposited during the first few washes. Do not leave damp terrycloth items on top of each other for a long time, this can also lead to discolouration.
Dosage of detergent: Not too little, not too much
Always dose the detergent according to the manufacturer's instructions. Overdosing can cause detergent residue to settle on the fibers, harden the cotton fibers and fade the colors. Too little detergent also means too little water softening, which also leads to hardening.
More enlightening facts about detergents
Heavy-duty detergents contain bleaching substances and optical brighteners; you should only use these for white terry towelling. For coloured and coloured laundry we recommend mild detergents without optical brighteners (colour detergents). They prevent colour changes and fading of the laundry items, thus terry goods retain the full brilliance of the colours for many years.
Spin: Rather on the low tour
Modern washing machines have many washing programmes. Often a very high spin cycle is already pre-programmed. These high spin speeds cause mechanical abrasion, which puts a lot of stress on the fibres and quickly makes the fabric brittle. The laundry becomes too dry and also creased. In our experience, 900 cycles are quite sufficient. This is gentle on the laundry and saves energy.
Fabric softener: Less is often softer
Fabric softeners make for soft laundry. In principle this is true, but the dose is crucial. Too much fabric softener remains like a film on the cotton fibres, reducing their absorbency and water absorption. The softeners it contains also encourage the formation of lint.
Tip: a tumble dryer ensures particularly beautiful and fluffy soft laundry by trapping air. In principle, you can then do without fabric softener altogether.
Speaking of softening: stiff towelling that has been dried on the heating can be softened again by kneading and rubbing.
Little ABC of fluff
It is normal for new terry towelling to fluff a little at the beginning - especially high-quality and high-pile terry towelling fabrics can initially shed loose fibres. To avoid heavy and persistent fluffing, the material should not rub too much in the washing drum. Mechanical overstressing can be prevented by a well-filled washing drum. From the first wash, please follow the machine manufacturer's recommended load.
Terry in shape
Good, high-quality terry towelling is characterised by the use of particularly fluffy cotton yarns. These are never completely resistant to shrinkage.
Our tip: Stretch both the damp and the later dried terry towelling pieces briefly by hand and pull them into shape. This will help you avoid too much shrinkage.
And: The temperature of your tumble dryer should not be set too high, otherwise the cotton will overheat.
What (not) to do about pulled threads