Caring for Your Turkish Textiles

 

Like all objects meant to last a lifetime, your Turkish towels, textiles, and kese exfoliating mitts need proper care and a little extra maintenance from time to time. Here we share how to regularly care for your pieces, and we address some common Turkish towel issues that you can take care of on your own.

Help: I don’t know how to wash my Turkish towel/blanket/scarf.

For all pieces (except silk!), machine wash and tumble dry low or lay flat to dry. No special detergent needed. And for the love of Turkish towels, no fabric softener, dryer sheets, or bleach! For silk scarves, hand wash with all natural, preferably organic, soap. Line dry.

Help: the tassels on my Turkish towel/blanket/scarf have come undone.

This is a simple fix. Follow this step-by-step guide to repair an undone tassel on your Turkish towel, blanket, or scarf.

  1. Divide the loose threads into two roughly equal sections.

  2. Twist the two sections separately in a clockwise direction until each piece is twisted to the ends.

  3. Twist the two sections together in the opposite (counter-clockwise) direction until the two sections are twisted completely.

  4. Tie a knot at the end, and you’re finished!

  5. Enjoy your Turkish towel/blanket/scarf.

Help: a loop has gotten pulled on my favorite Turkish towel/blanket/scarf.

Easy fix: simply snip the loop to be even with the rest of the loops. This also works on flat-woven Turkish towels.  Nervous you might do permanent damage? Don’t be – you can’t make a whole in a hand woven piece.

Help: I’ve spilled something on my Turkish towel. What can I use to treat the stain?

Use any store-bought stain treatment, but be careful to avoid bleach. A paste made with baking soda and vinegar also works wonders and is an all natural way to remove stains.

My white Turkish towels could use some whitening. Can I use bleach?

NO! Bleach weakens fibers making them less absorbent and more fragile. We recommend adding 1/4 cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar to a wash.

I want to brighten my Turkish towels. Can I use non-chlorine bleach or a powdered bleach (like Oxyclean)?

We recommend avoiding all these harsh chemicals because they weaken fibers and make them more fragile and brittle (scratchy hotel towels, we are looking at you). Like we suggested for white pieces, adding 1/4 cup of baking soda and one cup of white vinegar to a wash does wonders to brighten up your Turkish textiles.

We hope this helps you take care of your Turkish towels! As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 504.304.2047 or email us at hi@loomed.co