Hammam towels have become more and more popular not only in Turkey but also in this country. These thin, flat cotton towels come in a variety of colors and patterns and are versatile - be it as a bath towel, beach towel, sauna towel, or even as a picnic blanket or pareo. The charm of hammam towels lies in their lightness and high absorbency, which allows them to quickly absorb and evaporate moisture.
However, in order for the cloths to retain their full absorbency and color fastness, it is important to wash and dry them regularly and correctly. In this article you will learn everything about the care of hammam towels - from choosing the right detergent and the optimal washing temperature to drying and ironing. With our washing and care instructions, your hammam towels will stay clean and hygienic for a long time.
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Before the first wash
Before you wash your new hammam towel for the first time, we recommend soaking it in cold water for twelve hours.
This makes the cloth even more absorbent as the cotton learns to absorb water. In addition, by soaking, you prevent the hammam towel from shrinking in subsequent washes.
1. Soak in water
Before you wash your new hammam towel for the first time, we recommend soaking it in cold water for seven to twelve hours . This opens the cotton fibers and the cloth becomes more absorbent. In addition, soaking prevents the cloth from shrinking the first time it is washed in the machine.
2. Let dry
After soaking, you should wring out the hammam towel and let it air dry before using it for the first time. Since hammam towels are very permeable to air due to their thin material, they usually dry very quickly.
Step-by-step instructions on how to wash hammam towels
After treating your hammam towel before the first wash, it is now time to wash it properly so that it retains its maximum absorbency and stays in good condition. Below is a detailed washing and care guide on how you should wash your hammam towel to ensure it retains its quality and durability.
Tie the knots of the fringes tightly to prevent them from unraveling during washing.
Separate the hammam towel from other clothes and sort it by color to avoid possible color transfer.
Use a mild detergent to wash the hammam towel. Avoid harsh detergents and bleach as they can damage the material.
Set the washing machine to a gentle washing program suitable for cotton and choose a low to medium temperature of around 30 to 40 degrees Celsius.
When the wash cycle is complete, hang the hammam towel to dry or lay it flat on a dry surface. Avoid putting the towel in the dryer, as this can cause shrinkage or warping.
You should avoid these points when washing
Here are some points to avoid when washing hammam towels:
Avoid washing hammam towels at high temperatures. It is recommended to wash hammam towels at 30-40 degrees Celsius.
Avoid using fabric softeners or bleach as these can damage the fibers of the hammam towels.
Do not wash hammam towels with clothing or other coarse fabrics to avoid tangling the fringes.
Avoid tumble drying hammam towels as this can cause the fringes to knot. It is recommended to air dry them.
Avoid ironing hammam towels at high temperatures as this can damage the fibers and deform the fringes. It is recommended to iron hammam towels at a maximum of 80-150 degrees Celsius.
By paying attention to these points, you can ensure that your hammam towels will keep their quality and keep their original shape and color for a long time.