YOUR TOWEL QUESTIONS ANSWERED
How does a towel work?
It is the loops in a towel that do the drying. The number of loops in a towel determines its drying ability. The higher the number of loops, the greater the absorbency.
What does gsm mean?
gsm is a measure of weight: ‘grams per square meter’. Take care not to confuse gsm with grams pp, which mean ‘grams per piece’. While both measurements are perfectly valid, the results will be quite different. For example, a towel 75cm wide x 150cm long that weighs 500gsm will be 0.562 grams per piece.
How do I measure the quality of a towel?
There are many different components to a towel, but the general rule is that a heavier towel is suitable for the bathroom, where it can dry out easily between uses, whereas a lighter weight towel is better suited for use at the pool or beach, where it gets more frequent use in one period. The yarn is very important and will reflect in the price of the towel.
Why is cotton so widely used in towels?
Cotton is an ideal fibre for towels as it is extremely absorbent. No other natural fibre can compare to cotton when it comes to absorbency, softness, durability and ease of care. Most towels are made of cotton, but it is the quality of the cotton that makes all the difference. The longer the staple, the more valued the thread. The basic ingredient of a luxury towel is said to be Egyptian cotton, with its extra long staple.
What is velour?
Velour is part of the finishing process of a towel. When a towel is made on a towel loom, there are loops on either side of the towel. Part of the finishing process is to shave the top of the loops off one side to create a soft velvety finish on the towel. If you look carefully, you can see this.
Why don’t velour towels dry as well as terry towels?
The velour side of the towel is definitely not meant for drying… it is soft and smooth designed to be sat on or laid on by the pool or at the beach. The scientific action of water on the velour means that the water does not absorb as easily and you should always use the terry towelling side of a velour towel to dry yourself.
How will I know if my towels are absorbent?
The best way to determine if a towel is absorbent is to tip a small capful of water directly onto the towel. If the water disappears into the towel immediately, and the towel feels almost dry around the area, this indicates that the towel has good absorbency characteristics.
Should coloured towels be vat dyed?
Yes. Yarn or towels are dyed in big dyeing vats or vessels, similar to other textile dyeing methods. The vat dyeing process is more expensive and involves more processing time to ensure the maximum colour fastness that is required to withstand the harsher laundering and drying conditions of a commercial environment.
Will my towels shrink?
All towels shrink when they are first washed. The extent of shrinking is influenced by the size of the different yarns used, the density of the weave, differences in weave pattern, and most importantly the laundering temperatures used when cleaning the towels.
Can I trim a pulled thread?
Pulled threads occur when the loops catch on rough or sharp objects. As our towels are woven, pulled threads will not unravel the fabric. Simply snip off the pulled loop with a pair of sharp scissors. Trimming off pulled threads will avoid further damage and will not affect the softness or durability of the towel.
Why do towels initially have linting/fluffing/pilling?
Cotton, being a natural fibre, will have a tendency to lint during initial washing. This is a completely normal process particularly for towels with a longer pile. Dark colours will tend to shed even more than lighter colours due to spending up to 4 times longer in the dyeing vat.
How long should a towel last?
To ensure your commercial towels have a long life span, it is important to purchase well-made towels suitable for commercial use. Generally speaking, a towel should last approximately 150-200 washes depending on how the towel has been made and the laundering practices of the establishment. Factors such as heat from laundering and drying, chemicals and physical treatment all contribute to the wearing process.
Will my towels maintain their whiteness?
Your towels should maintain their whiteness with the proper use of quality chemicals and by adhering to the correct washing procedures. Greying can occur over time however through the use of impure water quality and colour loss can occur with the over use of optical brighteners.
Coloured towels – streaky patches/colour loss
It is advisable not to use detergents with optical brighteners as they only brighten whites and can seriously affect the colour of towels. Brighteners, if not properly dissolved, can also leave a residue on the towel that will be visible as streaking after the towel has dried.
Coloured towels – colour loss/colour changes
This damage on towels can usually be attributed to excessive sun exposure, or the towel coming into contact with a form of bleach commonly found in cleaning agents and facial cleansers which contain Benzoyl Peroxide. Make up can also cause discolouration. The effect is often not seen until the towel is next washed.
How should I care for my towels?
Always wash new towels before use. Remove any dust or loose fibres and follow the washing instructions provided on the towel care label.
View Caring For Your Towels section for detailed information.