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Caring for your Turkish Towel

How do I care for my Turkish Towel (peştemal)?

Before use: 

  1. Soak your peştemal in cold water for 4-6 hours or overnight
  2. Wash it with a gentle machine wash (40 degrees). To preserve the tassel quality, try not to mix the wash with items that have zippers or hooks.
  3. Hang-dry it with a clothesline or a drying rack

How to maintain towel quality?

Towels may get hard after washing if they build up soapy residue and are over-dried.  The good news is that with a few simple tricks, you can restore your towels to their original softness and help ensure that they never go scratchy again.

  1. Use warm water (37 Degrees Celsius/98.6 Degrees Fahrenheit). The detergent will dissolve much better, leaving your towels virtually residue-free
  2. Reduce the amount of detergent in the wash, find the ratio that works for you
  3. To brighten the colours and/or remove stains, rub the stains before washing with a little vinegar + baking soda. Most will come out quite easily.

Long Story Short: Lay off the heat, the soap and the softener.