Tips to Help Break in Your Terry Towels and Control Lint:
- Soak new towels in several gallons of water, along with a cup of ammonia, and leave overnight. Wash the next day with a cup of distilled vinegar and a cup of detergent.
- Fully dry the towels after the first few washings to collect the excess lint. Empty the lint trap after every load.
- Never use bleach. Bleach breaks down the cotton fibers, resulting in lint.
- Avoid washing old towels with new towels.
- Avoid washing window towels, detail towels and body towels together.
- Don't use fabric softener.
- Use hot water for the first few washings. It will help to break in the towels more quickly. If hot water is not available, bring the towels to a Laundromat or commercial laundry where they can be washed for a minimum of 8 minutes with a water temperature greater than 168 degrees.
- Use fresh water each laundry load, because reusing water will retain lint.
- Darker colors take longer to break in then lighter colors or white.
- Add 1 cup of distilled vinegar once a week. The vinegar will help to remove musty damp smells, and wax build up from the towel.
- By increasing the alkalinity of the water, you can also help to open the fibers and diminish the sizing during the break-in period.
- Use microfiber dry for polishing and dusting. Use slightly damp for cleaning.
- Wash in either cool water or warm water (approximately 105 degrees or less).
- Tumble dry low, air dry, or place in an extractor. Please make sure dryer has fully cooled off from previous load.
- ALWAYS wash colors separately.
- NEVER use bleach or fabric softener.
- NEVER iron.
- NEVER wash microfiber towels with other laundry, especially cotton terry towels. The lint from the other towels will stick to the microfiber and you will have a very hard time getting it off. To keep the wedges intact, it is best to wash microfibers in a full load to ensure less wear and tear.