Blooming your Turkish Towel. this process will open the cotton fibres of your Turkish Towel, helping to make it super soft and absorbent.
To bloom your towel all you need to do is put a small amount of cold water into your bathtub or laundry sink. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the water and mix well. The vinegar will help to cleanse and open up the cotton fibres of your new towel. Place your Turkish Towel in the tub and be sure it is completely submerged.
Let your Turkish Towel soak overnight in the vinegar water mix, we recommend 10-12 hours but anything up to 24 hours will not harm your towel. While you're getting your beauty sleep the water and vinegar will be opening up the fibres of the cotton ensuring maximum absorbency and softness, for your bathing pleasure!
This is a one-off step but one you don't want to skip.
**Don't be alarmed if you see some excess colour residue releasing into the water when blooming a tie-dyed towel. This is completely normal and will not change the overall look of your towel.
Once your towel has been bloomed just wring it out by hand and put it straight into the washing machine for a quick wash cycle. Remember minimal washing powder is required. Once your towel has been washed just simply hang it on the line to dry.
Remember heat can damage the fibres of your towel so we recommend avoiding the tumble dryer. Don't worry, you'll be amazed at how fast these babies dry on the line. Especially on a warm sunny day.
We usually say it can take up to another 4 washes for your Turkish Towel to reach its preferred absorbency and softness and will continue to become softer over a lifetime of use.
Another great benefit of Turkish Towels is that they don't like a lot of fussing over in the laundry. Bleach, fabric softeners and too much detergent are all big no no's when it comes to washing. An excess of chemical products will make your towels feel rough and become less absorbent over time.
- Tighten your tassels before you wash your towel to ensure they don't unravel.
- Normal wash cycle under 40 degrees celsius. your spin cycle should be less than 800 spins a minute to help protect your towel.
- No bleach!!! It will bleach the colours from your towel causing discolouration and damage.
- No fabric softener, it will clog the fibres of your Turkish Towel making it less absorbent.
- Standard laundry powder is fine but remember less is more when it comes to Turkish Towels.
- Do not wash your towel with items that have zips, clips or other items that may catch and pull threads.
- Give your towel some extra love and add one cup of white vinegar to your wash cycle once a month to cleanse your towel. This will help to remove any build-up of soap residue. This will also help to improve the softness and absorbency of your towel.
- No tumble dryer.
- Line dry these beauties, they dry in absolutely no time.
- We promise you'll be amazed.
If your Turkish Towel has a snag or pulled thread, don't stress its a quick fix and you can likely work the thread back into place. Try gently pulling around the loose thread in every direction. You should be able to work the thread back into its rightful home. Yup just like you would do with your favourite knitted jumper.
If the thread can't be saved don't stress. Very carefully snip the single thread and gently pull the thread free of the towel. Your Turkish Towel is a flat loomed weave so you won't create a hole. nice and easy. No harm no foul.
We always recommend tightening your tassels before you wash your Turkish towel. A light tug on the end will help to prevent any of those tassels from becoming loose.
Don't worry if they do unravel its a quick and easy fix. The tassels have been hand-tied by artisans in turkey so you can easily re-tie them at home.
Divide the sections in half and twist each section in a clockwise direction until they are fully twisted. Now wrap those sections around each other in the opposite direction until they are fully twisted around each other.
Tie a nice little knot at the end of your tassel to secure. voila good as new!
Collie and Co xo