Caring for your pestemal/futa
As a general guideline the pestemal (fouta) doesn’t need any special treatement. Wash it like any other fabric with similar colours, avoid higher temperatures, 30 degrees is more than enough. Thanks to its weaving technique the pestemal is the ideal solution for an environmentaly friendly lifestyle. You can save water everytime, just use a shorter wash cycle, and less detergent, even when exposed to oil, soil, and germs.
Avoid using excessive softener while washing because it will make your Pestemal less absorbent and less soft. The reason towels lose their softness is simply because there is soap left in the weave, vinegar helps to remove it. If you need to soften it, use 1 cup of white vinegar (other colour vinegar might stain light colours).
Another tip is to leave the towel to rest before using it. Because it is a natural fibre, it needs to adapt to your climate.
While tumble drying will make the towel fluffy, do not overdo it. The heat from the dryer can damage the integrity of the cotton fibbers. We recommend using a lower heat setting occasionally or alternate between air and heat drying.
To maximize the absorbency of a towel, add a cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle, about every six weeks, to restore the towel to full absorbency. Run your towel through a regular washing cycle, then repeat washing and add white vinegar instead of soap. The vinegar will remove excess detergent, which can affect the towels’ absorbency.
As all our towels are woven, a pulled loop will not unravel the towel.
If you catch the towel, pull it straight and pull a loop, cut off the pulled loop with a pair of scissors.
You can keep your pestemal throughout the year. Because of its divercity you can use it all around.