Do you love cozying up in your plush robe after a long day? If so, it's essential to ensure your favorite lounge-around item is handled correctly. Washing and properly maintaining a thick, plush robe is more complex than throwing the garment into the washing machine.
Doing so could damage its structure or may not effectively remove dirt and odors. In this blog post, we'll cover all the critical tips for successfully caring for your beloved robe – from how to wash it appropriately to practices that will help preserve its luxurious texture over time.
So grab yourself some cozy slippers, and let's get started.
Do I have to Wash My Robe Before First Use?
Yes! Just like a bath towel, before you put on your new plush robe, it's important to wash it. Robes are generally manufactured in factories and may have been handled by several people before arriving at their intended owner's home.
Washing your robe soon after purchase ensures that any residue or dirt left over from the manufacturing process is removed, leaving a fresh and clean item to wear.
How to Wash a Bathrobe: Step-By-Step Instructions
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Before you get started, ensure you have the following items: your bathrobe, natural laundry detergent of choice (about ¼ cup should do if not a half a cup), and a large bucket or sink. If there are any tough stains on your bathrobe, having some OxiClean or distilled white is also helpful.
Step 2: Prepare Your Bathrobe for Washing
Turn your bathrobe inside out and close the snaps, zippers, and Velcro. This will help protect the fabric from fading and snagging during washing. Additionally, check all pockets to ensure you have no small items left inside that could damage the washing machine.
Step 3: Pre-Treat Stains
If you have any stains on your bathrobe, it's important to pre-treat them before washing them. Apply a small amount of OxiClean or other stain removers directly onto the affected area and let it sit for 30 minutes before putting your robe in the washer.
Step 4: Start the Washing Machine
Set your washing machine to a delicate wash cycle, cold-water cycle and use an all-natural laundry detergent. Avoid fabric softeners or harsh chemicals, which can irritate skin and damage delicate fabrics. Wool dryer balls are a great alternative for added softness.
Step 5: Air Dry Your Bathrobe – Indoors and Outdoors
Once your bathrobe is finished washing, you can put it in the tumble dryer and outdoors as well. If you're drying outdoors, ensure the area is out of direct sunlight, which can cause fading. Once your bathrobe is completely dry, fluff it in the dryer on a low or low heat setting.
Special Care Instructions for Plush Cotton Robes
To keep your plush cotton robe looking and feeling its best, we recommend following these tips:
1. Avoid overloading the washing machine with other bulky items. Overloading can cause your robe to become matted or misshapen.
2. Use a cold water cycle on the washing machine and only a mild liquid detergent.
3. To dry your robe, use a low heat setting and add a few wool dryer balls to help fluff it up after drying.
4. Hang your robe on a clothes rack or hanger rather than folding it for storage - this will keep it looking neat and fluffy longer.
Following these simple care instructions will make your plush cotton robe look and feel as good as new. You'll enjoy its luxuriously soft feel for years with proper washing and storage.
Special Care Instructions for Waffle Robes
Regarding waffle robes, the proper care instructions should vary slightly from traditional Turkish cotton bathrobes. For starters, pay closer attention to the material weight and absorbency as sometimes the fabric of these robes can be more delicate than their plush Turkish counterparts.
To keep your robe clean and in great condition, machine-wash your waffle robe on a cold delicate cycle with a mild liquid detergent(avoid too much detergent). Then, tumble-dry it on low heat and throw in a few wool dryer balls to help fluff it back up faster.
You can use the built-in loop or drape the robe over a hanger when hanging. Please avoid using sharp wire or wooden hangers, as they can snag the fabric and even cause damage to your robe.
Finally, store your waffle robe in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight when not in use. This will help preserve its color and texture for years to come.
Special Care Instructions for Linen Robes
When it comes to Linen robes, it's important to note that hand washing is the preferred method for proper care and cleaning. This is because washing machines can be too rough on delicate fabrics like linen. Fill a tub with warm water and gentle detergent, then soak the robe for about 15 minutes before rinsing it in cold water.
To avoid shrinkage, drying your robe should be done correctly as well. While you can use a dryer on low heat, air-drying is recommended. Hang the robe out to dry in an area with plenty of sun and fresh air.
For best results, smooth wrinkles with an iron or steamer set at low heat before hanging the robe up for optimal drying.
It's also important to note how you store your linen robe. After it's been washed and dried, fold it neatly in a dry place. This will help prevent the fabric from getting wrinkled while in storage.
Why should the bathrobe be washed at 40 degrees and not 60 degrees?
Washing your bathrobe at 40 degrees instead of 60 degrees is recommended because it helps preserve the color and integrity of the fabric without risking any damage.
How Often Should I Wash My Robe?
It Depends on how often you use the robe. As a general rule of thumb, it's best to wash your bathrobe after every few uses or weeks of wear.
Can I use stain remover on my bathrobe?
Yes, but check the care label for further instructions, as some fabrics may require special treatment when using stain removers.
Will washing the bathrobe cause color bleeding?
Colors can run if not washed correctly. Wash your robe on a cold cycle with a mild liquid detergent to prevent this.
Can I use fabric softener when washing my bathrobe?
Yes, but be sure to read the care label of your robe before washing it to determine whether it is suitable for fabric softener. Some fabrics may be too delicate and require special care when using fabric softeners.
It's best always to use the mildest detergents and follow the manufacturer's instructions whenever possible.
The Final Wash!
So, to keep your plush robe looking and feeling its best, it's important to follow some basic washing and maintenance steps. Remember, hand washing is ideal when you can do it - machine wash only when necessary.
Cold water is best; hot water may shrink the fabric of the plush robe. Always use a mild detergent, turn your robe inside out in the wash and out of the dryer, and read any care label recommendations associated with specific fabrics.
Finally, if your plush robe isn't getting enough wear for air drying between washes, spot clean as necessary with a damp cloth or brush, followed by thorough drying using a low-heat setting on the clothing dryer.
Taking these few steps with your softest bathrobe will help you enjoy its luxurious feel for years!