DARREN HALL / HEAD OF PROCUREMENT SIMBA GLOBAL
To get the longest life and softest feel out of your towel, there are 10 rules you should keep in mind. Caring for your commercial towels properly will prove to save you money over time, and keep your customers happy.
It is important to wash at Professional laundries that only use high quality chemicals. Harsh chemicals can destroy the fibres of the towel, and greatly reduce its lifespan. Higher quality cleaners are also better for the environment, lowering your ecological footprint.
For white towels, insist on oxygen bleach (Peroxide) and avoid chlorine bleach as it is more harmful to cotton.
Do NOT bleach coloured towels. Always wash them separately. While VAT dyed towels are bleach resistant, bleach will remove the colour from any reactive dyed towel. For dyed towels we recommend our bleach resistant VAT dyed towels.
Make sure not to use optical brighteners on dyed towel as they will mask the original shade and appear faded.
It is important to use softeners sparingly. Some softeners are not suitable for towels as they retard absorbency. At home, it is important to never use softeners as the softener will get caught in the fibres of the towel, making the towel feel more rough.
Most washing powders contain Optical Brightening Agents (OBAs) and strong bleaches (e.g. Sodium Hypochlorite). Dyed towels will fade with these bleaches and OBAs can cause shade variations.
OBAs make the white towel look whiter by light reflection but have detrimental effect on colours by subduing the shade. This may appear as shade variation. Cheap OBA may turn yellow at high drying temperatures.
Contact with bathroom cleaning products even by just wiping washbasins will damage your linen. Hair colorants, facial creams, medicated face wash etc also remove fabric colour – the stain may not appear until after washing.
Pulled loops should be snipped off with scissors. Cutting them will not damage the towel or reduce its life. Pulling loops can damage the towel and shorten its lifespan.
For reactive dyed towels, do not bleach at all, no chlorine and no peroxide. Instead, warm wash the towel at 40-60 degrees centigrade with a very mild detergent. If your towels are greasy or oily, washing them with 0.5 grams per litre of caustic soda and then bathing them in 80 degree water for 30 minutes should clean up all the oils.
We hope you find these textile tips helpful in caring for your towels. For any more questions you may have about towel ownership, contact us at Simba Global, your leading textile solution providers.