A regular towel is used in a number of ways; ranging from the bath sheets that are used for drying ourselves after a soothing shower to tea-towels that are used for covering some hot dishes in our kitchen and all other things. Actually the towel has played a silent, but crucial role as a fashion accessory of the household things.
Originally, these towels were used in Turkey. These places are still famous for them and because of that, its usefulness has gained extensive acceptance not only in households but also in numerous business institutions. Salons, hotels, spas, restaurants, and home baths have all used these towels in one purpose or another. For example, luxury bath towels are provided to customers, especially in their bedrooms as part of the service in different hotels, while tea-towels are placed on dining tables in hotel rooms and restaurants so that clients have a stylish way to clean their hands and wipe unintentional stains from their clothes. Usually bath sheets are a routine part of the service, especially in bathhouses and spas, just like salon towels present in beauty salons.
In any hotel setting, towels are the stuff that is used by guests on a frequent basis. When they come into the room, the towel is the very first thing they hold and then it was the last thing which they touch before leaving the room.
Origin & Quality Of Towels
Pure Egyptian cotton is considered to be the best quality material used to manufacture towels because it is much softer than other forms of cotton. Cotton fibers which are originated in the Nile-Delta are much longer and they produce threads that are fine in quality and are able to be woven more tightly together in two ply-yarns that make for spongy, strong and flexible towels. But these are more expensive; in a trade atmosphere as these qualities could save more money in the long term.
Turkish cotton towels are also formed by using a long fiber due to which they are really very absorbent and that’s why they could give more realism. Actually Pima-Cotton has its genesis in Peru, but now it refers to finest cotton from the Americas. The fibers used here are typically not as extended as with Egyptian-cotton, but Pima-cotton is also very well known for being very absorbent, strong and long lasting.
Whilst not ordinary practice, possibly Egyptian cotton is much better suited being used for hand and face; whereas Turkish and Pima-cotton is more functional for bath and beach towels.
Towels made of mixture of Cotton with polyester fibers are much cheaper and sometimes they are more durable, they are mostly useful for having less crumples after laundering. But they are not that much soft or spongy as towels of pure cotton and will certainly give the impression of low cost to the guest because at that time guests feel the room for the very first and possibly last time.
GSM & Combing
Actually GSM stands for Grams per Square Meter and specify the weight of a towel. If the GSM number would be higher than it means the towel is heavier and will have the capability of absorbing more moisture. Usually 800 GSM is quoted as hotel quality, where a comfortable feel is implied, but around 500 GSM is used very commonly in trade surroundings.
Actually combing is a construction technique through which all shorter fibers are removed so that the towel will preserve its shape and formation. This technique is useful in those towels that would be used temporarily, then laundered.
There are three formats for towels which are used most commonly throughout the world; Hand Towels of 50 x 90cm in size, Bath-Towels of 70 x 140 cm in size, and Bath-Sheets of 100 x 150 size. There is also vacation or beach-towels available which could be used for guests if there is facility of swimming in the hotel and these towels should be made up of the hardest wearing quality, should be sized of a bath towel or a bath-sheet. Likewise, there are also spa-towels, which are of similar size and they are provided where there are facilities of the gym and spa on site.