How to bloom your towel:
Soak your thick loop towel in cold water for 12-24 hours, flat woven towels 6-12. After soaking put your towel in the wash on the spin cycle to remove much of the water, then tumble dry low (make sure not to over dry the first time).
Machine wash cold, with like colours. Tumble dry medium or low.
Do not use bleach or fabric softener as both will damage the fibers and negatively impact absorbency.
For stains, try rubbing a teaspoon of baking soda into the spot (form a paste with a touch of water) and then dab some vinegar on top of the baking soda to lift the stain. We have also had good luck with a mild natural stain remover like this one.
Should a loop snag or become loose on your towel simply snip it off.