While cleanliness is crucial in any industry, it’s inestimable in the hospitality industry. And a key component to maintaining an atmosphere of cleanliness and professionalism in your establishment is supplying clients with clean, high-quality towels. But those who’ve yet to click the buy button on bulk orders of towels or other textiles may find themselves asking where they should begin. That’s where we come in. Without further ado, here’s the only towel-buying guide you’ll ever need.
High-quality materials are critical for long-lasting towels. Cotton is a great material to look out for as it’s soft, absorbent, and durable. In addition to pure cotton, also consider:
– Longer fibers than regular cotton
– Softer and more Lustrous than regular cotton
– Grown and processed using Eco-Friendly Methods
– Grown without pesticides
– Socially responsible option
If cotton is a bit out of your price range, you could occasionally supplement with cotton blends, polyester, or microfiber. But remember: a less expensive option now may mean more towel purchases in the long run. Please be wary.
Size and Weight
Size and weight are also important factors to consider when looking for towels. Your towels should be large enough to be functional, but not too large. They shouldn’t be difficult to wash and dry.
A few standard sizes for towels are as follows:
- Bath towels: 27 x 52 in
- Hand towels: 16 x 30 in
- Bar towels: 15×25 in to 18×30 in
Regarding towel weight: your towels shouldn’t be as light as a napkin but shouldn’t be as heavy as an anvil when wet. Think about their potential function- are you looking for towels to wipe up bar spills? Or are you in need of full-sized bath towels?
Before swiping your credit card, think:
- Who is my clientele?
- How often will they be using these towels?
- Where and when will they be using these towels?
Remember: the ideal size and weight for a towel will depend on its intended use and your preferences.
Color and Pattern
When considering color and pattern when buying towels for your establishment, it is important to consider the overall aesthetic and your space’s atmosphere.
If your restaurant is more formal, you may choose towels in colors such as white or cream. If your establishment is more casual, you may want to choose towels in colors like blue or green. Also, consider what your restaurant’s other linens look like so that your towels can properly coordinate with your design scheme.
Towel pattern is another factor. Again, consider the aesthetic of your space. For a timeless look, consider stripes or polka dots. For a contemporary vibe, choose bold or geometric patterns.
Thickness, Density, Type of Weave
Three other components to contemplate in the towel-buying process are thickness, density, and weave type.
When considering thickness, you may want to choose ones that are medium-weight if they’re intended for everyday tasks. If you need towels for more specialized tasks, such as drying delicate items, consider ones that are lighter in weight.
When considering density, note that a higher density means that the fabric is smoother and more tightly woven, while a lower density means that it’s looser and more open.
When considering weaves, note that each has its own characteristics and benefits.
- Threads interlaced in over-under pattern
- Commonly used
- Threads interlaced in diagonal pattern
- Textured surface
Easy to Care For
We can’t stress enough how essential it is to find towels that are easy to care for. Look for towels that are sure to hold up with regular use, as you will need to launder them frequently. Furthermore, consider hiring a commercial laundry service for your precious towels to ensure their longevity and cleanliness.
While towel hunting may take some effort, it shouldn’t keep you up at night. And by taking the time to look out for high-quality materials, considering different attributes such as size, weight, and weave, and choosing towels that are easy to care for, we assure you that it won’t.
If you’d prefer to automate your towel-buying and laundering, contact Best Metropolitan Linen for all your linen and towel needs.