How to Choose Long-Lasting Towels

- Jul 01, 2018-

If you work for a national or international hotel brand, you may be required to order a certain type of towel to maintain the integrity and consistency of the brand overall. If you work for an independent hotel, motel or bed and breakfast, on the other hand, you might enjoy the liberty of picking any kind of towel that you think will appeal to your guests the most.

Choosing long-lasting towels involves many factors, including how much you can afford to spend. When budgeting for towels, remember to leave an allowance for attrition since you’ll have to replace towels for a variety of reasons such as wear and tear and theft. Once you’ve identified how much you can spend to buy lasting color bath towels and premium white ones, it’s time for you to determine the towels you want for your establishment.

One of the things you should consider when you’re choosing towels is the type of material you want them to be made from. If you’re eco-conscious, you may want to consider purchasing towels made out of organic cotton or bamboo. Bamboo is easily sustainable, and it usually grows well without needing to be treated with pesticides. Similar to hemp towels, bamboo towels are naturally more resistant to mold and mildew in wet or humid environments compared to towels made from other materials. While bamboo towels may feel thinner than their cotton counterparts, they have the advantage of being up to four times more absorbent when compared to cotton towels.

Additional materials that towels are often made from include the following:

  • Egyptian Cotton: Egyptian cotton is typically used to make luxury bath towels because of its extra-long fibrous threads. Egyptian towels are normally plush, absorbent, strong, breathable, soft and exceptionally long-lasting when cared for properly.

  • Turkish Cotton: Turkish cotton is used to produce towels known for comfort and durability. They are also known for being absorbent and luxurious.

  • Supima Cotton: “Supima” is the trademarked term used to refer to pima cotton, which is typically grown in the southwestern United States. Since pima cotton is grown from the same plant as Egyptian cotton, it has similar fibers. Those long fibers are what give towels made from this type of cotton similar characteristics to towels made from Egyptian cotton.

  • MicroCotton: MicroCotton is produced by India. This material is extremely absorbent and feels similar to suede.

  • Modal: Modal towels are made from the cellulose of beech trees. They are more absorbent than cotton towels and are resistant to fading.

  • Microfiber: Microfiber towels are made from manmade fibers. They are generally thinner than cotton towels, but they are still highly absorbent and comparatively lightweight.

Whether you’re going to buy wholesale hotel towels or you’re going to shop at a local boutique featuring hand-crafted towels, you should consider a few other things before you purchase a single towel or make a bulk purchase for your hotel. One of the most important things you should think about is how long it’s going to take to dry the towels you buy. Towels that take less time to dry will help you keep your energy costs lower than towels that take longer to dry, but they may not offer the soft feel and absorbency your guests have come to expect.

Factors that impact how long it takes for a towel to dry include:

  • Pile: Pile refers to a towel’s loops. In general, towels are either single or double loop. While both single and double loop towels are absorbent, single loop towels don’t take as long to dry as double loop towels do. Compared to single loop towels, double loop towels are denser and have a more luxurious feel. If a towel doesn’t have loops, it’s going to have sheared fibers that almost look like grass on the surface of the towel. Towels with cut fibers are generally softer than towels with loops, but they’re normally not as absorbent.

  • GSM: GSM stands for “grams per square meter,” which is a measure of a towel’s density. In general, the higher a towel’s GSM is, the more absorbent and plush the towel will be. Of course, the denser a towel is, the longer it will take to dry. Many hotels use bath towels made from Turkish cotton that have a GSM of 600 or higher.

How a towel is made can impact how long it lasts, so it’s necessary for you to examine the construction of the towels you’re going to buy. Towels that are double-turned with double-stitched edges aren’t as likely to fray as towels with woven edges are. This means double-turned and double-stitched towels are likely to last longer than towels with woven edges.

You should also look at the weave of the towels you’re thinking of purchasing. Towels are made from ring-spun, combed or twisted materials. Cotton towels made from ring-spun fibers are typically the softest and most durable because the yarn used to make them is stronger and smoother than the yarn used in alternative weaving methods.