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Towels might seem to be simple and universal, however not all towels are created equal and not all perform the same. The two different types of towels are terry cloth and microfiber. According to Danielle Harsip and Valerie Sweeney of ERC Wiping Products, Inc., microfiber towels continue to gain in popularity in the car care industry and are best for drying the windows, while terry towels are still great for drying the body of a car (assuming the towel is not too old and has been cared for properly). Both Harsip and Sweeney also offered the following advice:
Microfiber is really the best way to go for windows and the interior of a vehicle, while terry drying towels are still the most popular towels for the body of the car, but larger microfiber to dry the body has become more and more popular. Microfiber towels now come in the same size as a standard terry drying towel. The best towels for the wheel wells and door jambs are terry bar towels — they are thin and small enough to get in to tough to reach parts of the wheels and doors.
All types of towels work: Huck, microfiber and terry. Customers at a full serve wash are expecting their car to come out spotless. The way to do this is to use the right kind of towel on each part of the car.
Car care business owners want their cars dry, free of streaks and spots on the windows. The best way to do this is to make sure you have the best quality towels and microfiber.
Some business owners don’t care for their towels as much as they care for their machinery. Towels may be a low cost item in comparison to expensive machines, but not caring for them properly leaves lint and scratches on cars, and if you don’t care for your towels, you could end up spending at least twice as much on towels then you really need to.