What towels for the house are and how to choose them

A guide to sizes, materials and their characteristics. Save to use at the right time.

Sizes and types of towels

  • 30×30, 30×50 cm.Towels that are commonly used for hands and face. They are also suitable for use in the kitchen as extra small towels.
  • 50×70, 50×80, 50×90 cm.The most versatile towel sizes. Suitable for use in the kitchen as a main towel or in the bathroom as a hygienic towel (for face, hands, feet, intimate areas).
  • 70×140, 100×150 cm.Standard and enlarged bath towels.

Natural fabrics from which towels are made

Cotton. The most popular towel fabric: natural, strong, durable, perfectly absorbs moisture, dries quickly and does not cause allergies and irritations. One of the most important characteristics of such a towel is its density, that is, the number of fibers per unit area. The density unit is grams/square meter. Usually this characteristic is indicated on the packaging. The weight of bath towels will vary from 300 (thin) to 800 (thick, heavy) g/m². A fabric with a minimum density is light, but does not absorb well, and with a maximum one, it absorbs perfectly, but is heavy and dries for a long time. The golden mean is 500-600 g / m².

Bamboo.Towels made from bamboo threads are twice as absorbent as cotton ones. Often such fabric is credited with an antibacterial effect, but this is nothing more than a publicity stunt. Although the bacteria on such towels really multiply worse. Feel soft and smooth to the touch.

Linen. Durable and breathable fabric, but much rougher than cotton and bamboo. Absorbs well, dries quickly.

Modal.A material derived from the pulp of eucalyptus or beech. Modal towels are lightweight, durable and hypoallergenic. These towels absorb moisture 50% faster than cotton products, and are much softer than the latter. However, this fabric is several times more expensive.

Tencel.The fibers for this material are made from eucalyptus pulp, treated with a special patented method. The fabric is similar to modal (both materials are varieties of the familiar viscose), but is considered the most durable of all cellulose fabrics. It has good absorbency and is hypoallergenic.

Synthetic and mixed materials for towels

Polyamide.These towels dry quickly and retain their original condition for years. Of the minuses — poor absorption.

Polyester.The material obtained as a result of oil refining. Like most other man-made fibers, it does not absorb moisture well. But it weighs practically nothing and retains its original appearance and brightness of colors longer.

Microfiber.Soft to the touch blended fabric, distinguished from all others by the best absorbency. Most often, microfiber towels are used in the kitchen. But they are also suitable for use in the pool or bath. The fabric needs delicate washing and wears out quickly.

Variants of weaving fabrics for towels

Terry.A type of weaving in which loose loops are formed, which makes such a fabric soft and voluminous. But its main advantage is its high absorbency. When choosing terry towels, and most often they will be bath towels, pay attention to the pile height. The optimal indicator is 5 mm. A smaller pile does not absorb moisture well, a larger one gets confused and quickly becomes unusable.

Velours.A type of thread weaving in which loose loops are sheared off. These towels are softer than terry towels, but absorb water much worse.

Waffle fabric.Material with a recognizable checkered structure. Waffle fabric is used most often for kitchen towels.

What else to look for when choosing a towel?

  • Does the fabric fray?
  • Do lint remain on your hands?
  • Does the fabric stain the skin?
  • Is the towel dyed evenly?
  • Any synthetic odors should be absent.
  • How are the edges?

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