Q1. What are the standard towel sizes?
Q2. Is towel shrinking normal?
If your bath towels are cotton, they will most likely shrink after they are washed or laundered. When raw cotton is spun into thread, the fibres are stretched, which creates a tension needed to weave the fibres into fabric. However, once the cotton fabric is heated; say, tumbling in a dryer; the fibres lose that tension, which causes cotton's slight shrinking after a first wash.
Q3. Why do towels initially have pilling?
Drying towels for too long a period of time may weaken the towel fibres and make them more likely to pill. Additionally, towels made from cotton fibres are more likely to pill or have small balls of fibre attached to them. To prevent this, wash the towels two or three times as per the wash care instructions to remove the surface lint/fluff.
Q4. What’s the best way to store towels?
To get the most storage space for towels; it’s best to fold them in thirds lengthwise, then into a rectangle. Place them on shelves at eye level or below, so the edges face toward the back for a neat appearance. If your closet is on the smaller side, consider rolling your towels for extra space.
Stellar Homes’ ‘Crystal’ towels are sleek, made from cotton, and ideal for easy storage.
Q5. How long do towels usually last?
Towels used on a regular basis will typically last up to a year before they fray and lose their absorbency. If you want to increase their lifespan, consider rotating multiple sets and neatly hang towels to dry between each use. Both of these tips keep towels from numerous trips through the wash.
Q6. Why are my towels changing colour?
Discoloured patches on your towels are most likely due to:
Excessive use of bleach
Prolonged exposure to the sun
Contact with makeup, creams or other medicines
Mineral deposits in your water supply
Q7. Do white towels stay white?
Since white towels are, white, there's no colour on them that's going to fade over time. Sure, white towels can discolour, but the white will never turn into another colour completely. If you regularly use too much detergent, your white towels will start to develop a washed out look due to excess detergent build-up. On the other hand, if you don't use enough detergent, your towels won't be adequately cleaned and could turn grey over time because of dirt build-up.
Q8. Why do my bath towels stink?
Bacteria are what make your towel smell, and they can result due to moistness, detergent build-up, softener residue, dirty laundry machines, and more. Unfortunately, you can't see the bacteria; you can only perceive the odour. They are buried deep within the fibres of absorbent towels.
Q9. Should I soak new towels?
Before you begin using your new towels, you should soak them in cold water and then wash them according to their washing instructions. This will cause the cotton fibres to open up and give the towels better absorbency. At the same time, any remaining excess colour will disappear.