Ensuring Durability

The Do's and Don'ts to keep your towels as good as new.

Say no to too much detergent

Limit the amount of detergent you use to ensure your Colibri towels do not lose their lusciously soft quality. Too much detergent can cause towels to become rigid and scratchy. When washing towels, you only need to use half the detergent you would use for an average load.

Vinegar is a winner

Every few washes, consider replacing detergent with vinegar which has excellent anti-bacterial qualities and removes soap residue and hard water build-up. This will aid in restoring the soft luxury and superb absorbency of your Colibri towels.

Skip the fabric softener

Eventually, fabric softeners lose their effectiveness and can damage your towels. They leave a waxy build-up, causing towels to lose their absorbency and become stiff. Dryer balls or even clean tennis balls can be added to the drying cycle to plump-up your Colibri towels to their original voluminous condition.

Team-up your towels for a wash

Ensure your Colibri towels keep their exquisite quality by washing them in their own load, separately from clothes and linen. When long-fibre towels are washed with short-fibre fabrics, they pill, which means the fibres bunch and create nubs or ‘pills’ on the towel. 

The Do’s and Don’ts of drying

To keep your Colibri towels in tip-top shape, always hang them flat after use because the fabric needs to breathe to air-dry properly. For machine drying, use low heat and not too long a cycle to preserve softness. Avoid over-filling the dryer to allow for enough air circulation to fluff up fibres and not mat them down.

Super stain removal tips

Mascara & Eyeliner

Act fast with a dab of dishwashing liquid, vigorous rubbing and a warm water rinse. If the stain has had time to set in, soak in a mixture of 2 cups warm water, 1 Tbsp dishwashing liquid, and 2 Tbsp store-bought stain remover. Wring out and rinse well with warm water.

Foundation

If oil-free, use shaving foam (not gel). Spray on both sides, rub in well and rinse under warm water. If oil-based, soak over-night in a mixture of 1 litre hot water, 1 cup baking soda, and ¼ cup laundry detergent. Wring & rinse thoroughly. Then wash on a hot setting and add ½ cup of store-bought stain-remover to the cycle.

Lip-stick

Dab the stain with a white paper towel and rubbing alcohol to lift the pigments (place a few white paper towels on the surface on which you are working). Squirt dishwashing liquid on the remaining rubbing alcohol and leave it to work for 20 mins. Rinse under warm water. Wash immediately, adding a store-bought stain remover to the cycle.

Nail Polish

Dab the stain with a white paper towel and acetone to lift the pigments (place a few white paper towels on the surface on which you are working). Work from the edge of the stain to the inside to keep it from spreading. Keep dabbing with a clean section of paper towel until all traces of the polish are gone. Wash as usual.

Blood

For fresh stains, act quickly and just rinse it in cold water until the colour washes out. For old stains, make a solution of 1 part 20 Vol Hydrogen Peroxide to 9 parts water. Wash adding a store-bought stain remover to the cycle.

Sweat

For fresh stains, just wash as usual immediately. For a dry or persistent stain, sponge with a warm, weak vinegar solution then wash adding ½ cup baking soda to the cycle.

Urine

Soak the stain in a solution which contains equal amounts of vinegar and water. Wash adding ½ cup baking soda to the cycle.

Oil

Sprinkle cornstarch over the stain and leave for 5 mins. Brush the cornstarch off the stain with an old toothbrush or a soft-bristled brush. Apply a store-bought laundry pretreatment to the stain. Dab the stain with a cloth to work the pretreatment in. Wash adding ½ cup vinegar to the cycle.