Towels are essential for everyday hygiene.
But soft and fluffy towels are the best, aren’t they? The warm and cushy feeling you get from them is priceless.
Nothing puts customers off more than dirty or unkempt accommodation linen in a hotel. That is especially true of towels.
It can damage the reputation of your hotel and ruin your business.
As a hotel owner, you need to invest in at least the following towels:
- Tea towels. These are for drying up the dishes in the kitchen
- Hand towels. They keep one’s hands dry.
- Bath towels. Used for drying off after a shower or bath.
Finding these types of towels shouldn’t be difficult. Australian Linen Supply stock quality and affordable towels in a variety of colours.
Some of their samples include the following:
Clean, soft, and fluffy towels at your hotel will enhance the experience of your guests. It will also guarantee repeat clients, which is great for any business!
But how do you ensure your hotel towels always remain soft and fluffy?
Here are seven tricks you should know:
- Buy high-quality towels.
- Wash towels in warm water.
- Wash your towels in soft water.
- Dry your towels properly.
- Use vinegar or baking soda.
- Use the right temperatures.
Let’s count backwards.
7. Buy High-Quality Towels
First, you need to buy the right quality towels to maintain them. If you buy towels of poor quality, you will have a hard time keeping them soft and fluffy.
The quality of a towel determines its feel, longevity, and performance.
Choose towels of natural fibres that are soft and absorbent. The preferred material for towels is cotton.
- Cotton is affordable and easy to find.
- It’s breathable material. Its fibres allow air to penetrate through.
- It’s comfortable. Cotton towels don’t irritate the skin or cause itchiness.
- It’s soft to the skin and even softer after several washes.
- Cotton is a natural fibre. This makes it super absorbent, unlike synthetic fibres.
- It’s versatile, as it offers you a variety of colours and patterns to choose from.
- It’s durable.
Quality towels are not expensive. You only need to buy them from a reputable linen supplier such as Australian Linen Supply.
ALS is a trusted brand known for its quality products. They sell dense towels that are plush and have a luxurious feel.
Besides quality, you get the assurance of a reasonable price. They also deliver within Australia.
Contact them today!
6. Wash Towels in Warm Water
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Once you’ve purchased the towels, it’s important to clean them before anyone uses them.
There’s a technique of washing towels. Pay attention to the temperature of the water and use only warm water.
Most towels come with a silicone coating from the manufacturer. This makes them less absorbent. By cleaning them with warm water, you get rid of the coating and maximise their absorbency.
Don’t use hot water because it causes towels to fade, especially coloured ones. It also makes them scratchy. Cold water isn’t a good option either.
There are four main advantages to using warm water:
- It makes it easy for towels to absorb detergents.
- It makes towels look brighter.
- It sanitises the towels and kills germs.
- Detergents dissolve with ease.
5. Wash Your Towels with Soft Water
Don’t use hard water to wash your towels. They lose their soft texture and feel scratchy.
Hard water contains minerals such as iron, magnesium and calcium. These minerals combine with detergents to form a layer of froth on the washing.
They make it difficult for towels to get clean. With time, the towels become dull and lose their elasticity.
Detergents don’t work well with hard water. As a result, you have to use lots of detergents, which affects the fluffiness of your towels.
How can you tell if you’re using hard water?
- It weakens the fibres. Hard water causes the fibres of your towels to weaken and tear easily.
- It forms a scum. When hard water combines with detergents, it leaves a layer of dirt (scum) on your towels which doesn’t wash away.
- It’s difficult to rinse the laundry. Hard water makes it difficult for you to rinse out all the detergent from the towels.
- It causes clothes to feel scratchy. Hard water makes your towels stiff and scratchy.
Once you've identified hard water, treat it so it becomes soft water by using a water softener. You can buy this online or in local stores.
4. Use Vinegar or Baking Soda
Avoid fabric softeners. They usually contain silicon, which makes towels less absorbent so they don’t wash well.
Instead, use half a cup of vinegar or baking soda with your towels. Add this to your regular washing detergent.
Watch this video to learn how to wash towels using vinegar.
Vinegar or baking soda is great for various reasons:
- It makes your towels look brighter.
- It loosens up the fibres on your towels, making them soft.
- It gets rid of excess detergent residue.
- It gets rid of odours in the towels, such as sweat or dampness.
- It whitens white towels.
- It keeps your towels fluffy.
- It sets the colour in coloured towels.
Don’t let the strong smell of vinegar put you off. As your towels dry up, the smell disappears.
3. Don’t Mix Towels with Other Loads
When washing towels, don’t mix them with other clothes because they can absorb stains and colour.
Decide on the towels you’ll load in the washing machine per washing. Don’t overload the washing machine.
Overloading the machine puts a strain on it. It prevents your towels from rinsing off all the detergent.
It’s not always possible to know how much of a load is too much for your washing machine by just looking at it.
The diagram below shows the recommended load size.
- Medium load. Usually, a medium load of towels fills the washing machine halfway full.
- Large load. A large load of towels fills the washing machine ¾ full.
- Extra-large load
2. Use the Right Temperatures
When cleaning cotton towels in a washing machine, pay attention to the temperature:
- Use 60°C on white towels.
- Use 40°C for coloured towels so they do not fade.
The same applies when drying towels. Don’t overdry your towels in the dryer. It will destroy the fibres.
If you dry towels outdoors, do not hang them under direct sunlight.
Don’t iron your towels. Direct heat can damage the fibres and make them less fluffy.
1. Dry Your Towels
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Fabric softeners are a no-no because the towels won’t dry properly. The softener contains silicon, which makes towels less absorbent.
To get rid of the waxy build-up, pick a few tennis balls and throw them in the dryer together with your towels.
As the towels dry up, the balls will bounce around and beat out any lumps, leaving them soft.
Use the regular or automatic cycle on your dryer. This uses high heat to maximise the towels’ fluffiness.
Select the regular or automatic cycle on your dryer. This setting uses high heat to maximise fluffiness on the towels.
Ensure that your towels have fully dried before you take them out of the drier. Don’t store damp towels, as they are prone to mildew.
Once the towels are dry, fold them in attractive shapes and sizes. Here are some stylish ways to fold your towels.
With these hacks, maintaining soft and fluffy towels is as easy as ABC!
Remember, Australian Linen Supply caters for all your linen needs. They are your one-stop shop for all your linens. Get in touch with them.
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