New Towel not absorbing water?

@msmell (1379)
Australia
September 1, 2008 5:01am CST
I brought some new towel's and they are not absorbing the water like after you have had a shower and you towel your self instead of removing the water from your bodies it is like you are just moving the water around on your skin and you still feel wet. I have washed the towel in hot water with fabric softer and still they don't absorb the water, anyone have any idea on what else I could try to get them to soak up the water?
7 responses
• United States
1 Sep 08
Hi, sorry to get too technical, the absorption of towel depends on the composition of the fabric. Cotton has good moisture absorption. But a new cotton towel will not absorb much water because, there will be finishing agents on the surface, so by washing it thoroughly, in warm water or hot water will definitely help, but if you have a towel which is a polyester blend with high polyester content, nothing is going to help you. To identify what material the fabric is made of, just pull out a single yarn and burn it. If it burns like a paper, then it is cotton and you can try washing it with hot water with a bit of softner. But if you see the yarn burning like plastic with some dripping, then it means that there is huge amount of polyester to it, and cant do much about it. (moisture regain of polyester is only 0.4%) regards
@msmell (1379)
• Australia
1 Sep 08
Yeah thanks for that I will have to give that a try as I paid a fair for them they were cheap towel's and might have a look what it says on their label too
• United States
7 Sep 08
try not using fabric softer next time.
@msmell (1379)
• Australia
7 Sep 08
So just try washing them in say hot water and not putting anything in there with them?
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@msmell (1379)
• Australia
8 Oct 08
Well I must say that I am quite amazed because I did a search on the internet and there was a forum there and someone else was having the say problem as me and they were saying to try washing them in vinegar and guess what it worked..... So now I am happy as they are absorbing the water from your body now when you use them!
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• United States
11 Oct 08
I am glad that the vinegar works.
@ank_47 (1963)
• India
18 Jan 09
i have also one towel like that which is not absorbing water. may be , i thought that the material is polyster and it is not absorbing water. so now i am not using it now . i will also make a try with veneger as u told . but how much veneger we should use for how much water , i don;t know. can u tell me.
@msmell (1379)
• Australia
20 Jan 09
Hi Ank, Well I'm not really too sure about this as I only just opened the bottle and poured a fair bit in myself, I never measure anything just go by feel but I do know that if you are using vinegar to mop the floor or for cleaning and the like you use 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar
• China
16 Oct 08
Hi, That is funny,I don't why it is,maybe,the problem is the material of your towel!
@msmell (1379)
• Australia
16 Oct 08
Yeah it was a little strange ha.... and you know I had brought towels from the same place before and never had that problem with them but yes like you said maybe there was a fault with the fabric when they were made......
@littleowl (7157)
1 Sep 08
Well that has me befuddled! Have you tried just literally leaving it in water for a few hours and see what happens then otherwise I could not tell what to do my friend
@msmell (1379)
• Australia
2 Sep 08
No I haven't tried this but I willing to give anything a go! Thanks will try this and see what happens.
@4aps777 (1528)
• United States
1 Sep 08
i dont know but you can try taking them back and getting your money back
@msmell (1379)
• Australia
2 Sep 08
Yeah I would take them back but silly me has left it to late as I brought them about 6 months ago and they have just been sitting the cupboard and I would say to myself don't forget to take them towels back but as you can see I did forget and now it is too late oh well my own fault! Guess I can use them as towels for visitor's when they come over for a swim or the dogs will get some nice towels as bedding so I guess they wont go to waste
@littleowl (7157)
1 Sep 08
Well that has me a bit confused too have never heard of that have you tried soaking the towels in water for a good few hours then take them out and see what happens..that is the only thing I can think of...littleowl