What to consider when buying towels

What to consider when buying towels


Posted 16th Apr 2013

With such a wide choice available, we asked Debbie Haynes from Milk and Honey for her expert advice on what to consider when buying towels and how to keep them looking and feeling their best.
 
How many?
It’s always best to make sure each member of the family has two bath sheets or bath towels and two face cloths, if you use them. Two hand towels per bathroom should be enough as long as you turn them around quite quickly. You also need to make sure you have plenty of spare towels for guests – one bath sheet or bath towel, and one hand towel per person is usually enough.
 
Colour?
For a classic look, use neutral colours such as white or beige towels, as they look great in any bathroom, creating a crisp, clean ‘hotel look’ and complement most colour schemes.

However, if you fancy bringing a pop of colour to the bathroom you can find towels in almost every shade imaginable at affordable prices on the high street.

You may want to consider children having their own towels with ‘fun’ designs to make washing and bathing more appealing, as this can sometimes be a stressful event!

What to look for?
A good quality towel should be the following:
* Soft to the touch
* Absorbent
* Not too heavy, in order to dry quickly after use and be more cost effective when drying
 
Material?
A wide variety of materials are used to make towels, however, cotton is the perfect choice being a natural, ultra-absorbent material.
 
Weight?
It’s important to consider the weight of the cotton used in the towel, referred to as the number of grams per square meter (gsm). This provides an excellent gauge of quality, absorbency and resilience.
 
A perfect towel should ideally be between 450gsm and 550gsm. Heavier towels may seem more luxurious but more weight doesn’t mean more absorbent, they will also take a lot longer to dry after use or washing. Very often the softer the towel the less absorbent they are.
 
Washing?
To maintain the look and feel of your towels here are a few tips:

Detergent
Use a non-biological detergent containing no optical whiteners, bleaching agents or enzymes as these can cause colours to fade. A harsh texture and an off-white colour are usually signs of bleach damage.

Fabric softener
Use only a small amount of fabric softener, too much lessens the absorbency of the towel as it 'glazes' the cotton loops with a coating of a silicon-like substance.

Temperature
As a rule, wash towels at 40ºC - washing at too high a temperature can cause shrinkage.

Drying
Line dry outside when possible, then, when they are almost dry pop them in the tumble dryer for 5-10 minutes on a low heat to give that little extra softness. Do not dry clean towels.

Always follow the instructions
Wash light and dark colours separately and follow the washing instructions on the product label.

Tip
If a stray loop pulls up on a towel, just cut it off with a pair of scissors – it won’t damage the towel.






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