I recently purchased some dark brown towels from JC Penney which I ended up returning. The problem was two-fold. After I washed them, we used some and found that the water wrung from the wash clothes were brown. Eww! Also, they shed. I have dry skin so I ended up rubbing bits of brown fluff-stuff into my face, arms, etc. while I moisturized. Didn't care for that, either.
The sales person at JC Penney treated me like an idiot and told me that I needed to pre-soak my towels in vinegar to set the dark color. I had never heard that before but as I told her, even if I did that, it wouldn't take care of the shedding part. The clerk fgave me the credit, but she was very unhappy about it.
So, is this something new I need to do with towels when I purchase dark colors, or is the sales person smoking the drapes?