Pool towels are exposed to a wide range of substances and liquids like sand, salt water, chlorine, sunscreen, sweat, and grass. Sand can get caught in the pool towels, and grass and other liquids like spilled drinks can cause stains. That is why the pool towel laundering process is so important. This blog will explain the proper steps to launder pool towels and the impact chlorine can have on the quality and durability of them. The following is a list of steps to properly wash pool towels.
How to Wash Pool Towels
- Shake Out Pool Towel: It is important to shake out beach towels first. Sand and other particles can get caught in the towel. It is recommended to wait for the towel to dry first so the particles won’t stick to the wet towel. Also, an excess amount of sand stuck in pool towels could cause damage to the washing machine.
- Sort by Material and Color: Make sure to sort beach towels based on their material design as some towels can be made from cotton and others designed with microfiber. These towels have tags with washing instructions. Also, sort the towels by their color, whether they are light or dark, to avoid color disfiguration. Other towels and linens of similar color and texture can be added to the laundry cycle with the pool towels if the load isn’t large enough.
- Wash on Normal Cycle: Pool towels often have chlorine or other fluids on them after being used, so it is essential that they are washed on a regular cycle compared to a gentler cycle. These pool towels will need time to soak in the soap to fully remove the chemicals like chlorine. Powerful detergents like Tide are strong enough to fully remove sand particles, chemicals, etc. The use of chlorine bleach is not recommended as this can cause discoloration and fading in the fabric.
- Check for Stains before Drying: Do not forget to check the beach towels for any lingering stains before putting them in the dryer. Some common stains can include stains from sunscreen, other types of tanning oils, and spills. InnStyle offers an effective stain remover called 1000+ Stain Remover. It is effective at removing stains from linens and other areas such as on hallway floors, carpets, and patio furniture. Once any stains are removed, the pool towels can be placed in a dryer, or they can dry outside on a clothesline.
The Effects of Chlorine on Fabric
Chlorine is needed in swimming pools to help keep them clean and sanitary. Dirt and other debris like leaves and grass get blown into the pool. Along with the outside elements, humans can spread germs among themselves in the pools, so chlorine helps combat the spreading of viruses and bacteria. However, chlorine can have a negative effect on fabric like pool towels and bathing suits. Over time, chlorine has tendency to cause linens to lose their bright colors and become duller. While the fading of colors doesn’t occur instantaneously, the constant exposure of chlorine on fabric will slowly cause it to lose color. This can happen more frequently in swimming pools that have higher levels of chlorine. Along with losing color, chlorine has also been known to cause linens to wither. The withering of the fabric will make the towel become so weak that it will eventually start to rip and become completely ruined. The laundering process will remove the chlorine from the towels which will help preserve its durability. This way, you will have more time to enjoy your pool towels before having to order new ones.
InnStyle Offers Pool Towels
Innstyle offers a wide range of pool towels that come in all sorts of colors and patterns. The laundering and drying process is important to help preserve the high quality of these towels. If you have any questions about pool towels or linens in general, please give us a call and speak with one of our account managers. They are always happy to help answer your questions and offer their own suggestions for which products could work best for your needs. We can be reached at 267-354-6020 or 800-877-4667. Our website is https://www.innstyle.com/.