Caring For Your Towels
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If you keep these simple facts in mind your Hartdean Snag Free Towel should last for many years to come.
Towels are used by most people everyday. Have you ever wondered where towels originated and how they are made?
The first towels were shown in the Great Exhibition of 1851 at Crystal Palace and in the same year a set was presented to Queen Victoria.
Terry cloth or woven towelling is manufactured with extra twisted warp yarns that are held slack during part of the weaving and knitting process.
The loops stimulate the skin while removing moisture, in addition to trapping air and thereby maintaining body temperature.
The most widely used of fibres for towels is cotton - so what is so unique about Cotton than?
Cotton is entirely made up of cellulose.
Cotton fibre is stronger when wet, which makes it ideal for, towels.
Cotton has an incredible ability to absorb moisture up to 27 times its own weight in water.
It can also withstand high temperatures in water and tumble-drying and remarkably can be bent as many as 50,000 times before breaking point.
Polyester on the other hand has greater absorbency than cotton and at the same time has the ability to expel water (dry) far quicker than cotton proving to be the ultimate energy saving material in the laundering process.
Make sure you start with a quality detergent and a recommended amount for your type of machine load size.
This will assure you of a controlled quality product capable of removing soiling effectively without any harm to your towel.
Make sure the quantity of detergent is as recommended on the instructions.
Without it being realised, the quantity used is often far greater than the quantity recommended by the detergent manufacturer. Apart from being uneconomical, over use of detergents can reduce the washing efficiency and could slowly effect certain colours and tenderise certain fabrics.
Use a suitable/recommended measure.
A generally accepted shrinkage for terry towels is between 5 & 9%. Hartdean EcoKnit Towels will only shrink a MAX of 3% if that, we pride ourselves on using a unique process which leads to little or no shrinkage, particularly an advantage on the cross boarder where there is no more bottle neck effect, hanging towels will now match.
Problems can occur with dyed towels if precautions are not taken. Please note that no absolute colour fastness of dyes exists.
Even though Hartdean uses the best dyes available, a small amount of un-fixeddye remains in the fabric, called excess dye.
Excess dye will be eliminated during the initial washes without the original colour fading.
It should, therefore, be remembered that deeper and bright coloured towels should be washed and dried separately.
Dyed towels should be washed in warm water, they should not be treatedwith bleach and should be thoroughly rinsed after washing to remove the remaining detergent and excess dye.
The following elements increase wear & shrinkage of towels during the washing cycle, and it is therefore advisable to determine weather some or all are absolutely necessary.
The following elements increase wear & shrinkage of towels during the tumble drying process, and should be avoided.
Care must be taken with coloured towels as they can be prone to colour loss. This is mainly due to the presence of optical brighteners in some washing detergents. In addition with some softeners these may interfere with the light reflectance resulting in fading, colour loss & dullness.
To avoid this problem ensure that the washing detergent of softener does not contain an optical brightener.
The purpose, to improve the whiteness or, to make stains disappear. In doing so, the bleach will react to the dyes, causing the colours of the fabrics to change shade as well as weaken the cellulose cotton fibres. A bleaching agent should only be used when required, follow the manufacturers guidelines at all times. In addition the follow these simple guidelines:
Please also note that some cleaning agents for bathrooms and certain other household chemicals may contain agents similar to that of bleach.
The purpose, to improve the softness of your towel and increase the bulkiness. They are best used when your towels are feeling a little harsh, but beware, they can have adverse effects, such as:
General stain removing compounds are widely available. Whenever possible, follow these guidelines:
All statements within this site are expressions of opinion which we believe to be accurate and true but are presented without guarantee.