Mar 232011
 

towels

On March 9, 2011, a fire at a nursing home in North Charleston, SC, forced 170 residents out of their home. The local fire department investigated the blaze to find out what went wrong at White Oak Manor nursing home. What they discovered may be surprising to you: hot towels were to blame. According to a fire department spokeswoman, commercial dryers use a heat setting that’s much higher than an ordinary, household dryer. The nursing home staff used an alcohol-based fabric softener with the towels. While the towels were still hot, they were placed inside a linen closet. The high heat of the dryer, when combined with the alcohol-based fabric softener, caused the towels to ignite, starting the fire.

Not the First Time It’s Happened

Although spontaneously combusting towels may seem like an unlikely cause of a fire, it’s not the first time it happened. In fact, a few months before the Charleston nursing home fire, the exact same thing happened at an education center in Roanoke, VA — hot towels that recently removed from a commercial dryer spontaneously combusted. No one was hurt, but the fire caused $21,000 in damages.

Meanwhile, in the summer of 2010, two Spokane house fires that started within hours of each other both began when someone microwaved bath towels.

Fire Safety Tips

Fans of the old sitcom Seinfeld might remember the episode where the character Kramer decided to use his oven to get that “dryer-fresh” feeling for his clothes, and subsequently caught his apartment on fire. Although the episode was laughable, fires at schools, nursing homes, and houses really are not funny.

When a towel comes out of a commercial dryer or a microwave, be aware that it will retain high levels of heat. Allow towels to cool before placing them on a wooden surface or putting them in an enclosed area, such as a linen closet, where heat cannot dissipate. In particular, check the ingredients to the fabric softener you use for linens, and if it’s alcohol-based, you may wish to change brands. This is especially important when using a commercial-strength dryer.

Finally, even though Kramer seemed to have something going, have the common sense not to place towels in ovens or microwaves.

 

Mar 062011
 

bamboo robe

The bamboo plant is one of the most interesting plants on our planet. Here are some facts you should know.

1. Bamboo replenishes itself faster than most plants. After a bamboo cane is cut, full growth is achieved in six months as it grows up to 12 inches a day. It needs only sun and rain to grow and will fully mature in 3 to 5 years.

2. There are over 1,000 species of bamboo. Bamboo can found be found in a variety of locations across the globe.

3. Bamboo trees release 35 percent more oxygen than other types of trees.

4. Bamboo products dry quickly and have a natural antibacterial element that resists odor and mildew. It’s a perfect choice for people who suffer with skin conditions.

5. Bamboo rayon is the type of fiber used in some towels and bathrobes. To achieve the result, the bamboo is manufactured chemically. The mixture of bamboo rayon and Egyptian cotton is popular for soft, high quality towels and bathrobes. Bamboo rayon is actually softer and more durable than rayon and cotton.

Feb 192011
 

towels

Even during a down economy, stadium vendors and hawkers of souvenirs manage to make a living. As the Associated Press reported after the Super Bowl, one of the most popular items being sold outside the Cowboys Stadium before the Super Bowl kicked off were towels – specifically, Terrible Towels.

Who would want to buy a Terrible Towel? Apparently everyone did. The towels were selling at a much faster pace than the foam cheeseheads, according to stadium vendors. The Terrible Towels, though, were not made for Packers fans, but for Steelers fans. A gold-colored yellow towel, it says simply, “terrible towel” on it. The towel also came in black, with gold “terrible towel” printed on it.

The towel has a long history; designed by radio broadcaster Myron Cope in 1975, the towel has become a tradition for Steelers fans for a generation. One popular gimmick is to take the towel on vacation and snap a picture of it in odd spots. Photos of the towel have been taken on Mount Everest and in outer space.

The last laugh, however, goes to the Packers once again. Not only did they create their own green “Titletown Towel”, it also so happens that the Terrible Towel is, like the Packers, produced in Wisconsin! Furthermore, Gregg McArthur, who produces the towels in his Baraboo, WI, factory, is a deeply devoted Packers fan.

Did the Wisconsin-made towels, which are meant to curse the other team and convey the Steelers wrath, actually turn on their owners and hex the Steelers? Surely, there’s probably at least one rabid Steelers fan out who thinks the answer is a resounding “yes”.

Feb 092011
 

pool1

Before planning pre-wedding celebrations that are hosted at the beach, alongside of a pool, or inside of a hot tub location, remember to order the new soft cotton towels or bathrobes that are needed for this type of event.

Luxurious monogram cotton bathrobes and towels or hand towels are always thoughtful friendship gifts that will be used and appreciated by the special people who were invited to your pre-wedding events. Monogrammed bath towels, terry robes and kimono wraps are reasonably priced gifts that your friends can use daily for years. Unlike the other types of wedding party trinkets, these luxury bath accessories are fun and sensible gifts.

Monogramming normally includes two or three letter choices that represent individual names. For wedding parties, it is possible to have these eco-friendly gifts monogrammed with the texting abbreviations for special favorite friends or laughter. The three spaces provided on an order form for monogrammed bathroom accessories can be used to create towels with scout troop or date numbers and other gifts with unusual meaningful initials.

Feb 072011
 

cruise

Cheap cruise trips are rapidly becoming the uppermost choice in high-quality family vacations. For one price, travelers are treated to lodging, food, and use of all amenities on the ship, including their full-service gymnasium and spa. Like all lodging facilities, the tub mat, towels and luxury linens are supplied in the price of the trip; however, not all passengers are happy with these industrial versions of bath accessories.

While planning your fun-filled holiday on a cruise ship, it is always appropriate to bring your own soft bath mats, bath towels and luxurious Turkish bathrobes to use in your cabin or while you are out in public visiting the shipboard spa. Personal eco-friendly monogram robes and lightweight waffle bathrobe styles are fashionable to carry on a cruise ship. These colorful organic cotton bathrobes/towels, kid’s robes, and hand towels speak well of your family while they are used at poolside or in the exercise center.

Cruise travelers often spend time on their clothing choices and fashions while they are traveling to exotic locations. There is no need to wear the scratchy shipboard robes while there is room in your luggage for fashionable terry towels and the stylish professionally monogrammed robes that are so comfortable to wear. Most cruise ship lines offer a self-help laundry service for travelers to use when their swimsuits or personal top-of-the-line bamboo towels need to be refreshed.

Feb 012011
 

bath

Luxurious oil-rubbed bronze bath fixtures and spa accessories are very popular consumer products this season. This type of bronze finishing is chemically enhanced to simulate the naturally aged-bronze patinas that are found on items in antique stores and museums. The shapes of these metal products are new and modern in appearance; however, the luxury finishing treatments that are applied on top of the metals can make them appear to be old.

Are the oil-rubbed bronze bathroom fixtures a good value?

The appearance of traditional bronze bars for towels or hooks for robes includes a shiny finish. As bronze ages, the shine deteriorates into a non-glossy darkened surface patina that still includes a shimmering hint of the base-metal colors underneath. New oil-rubbed bronze metals display elegant Turkish bathrobes / towels, common cotton bath towels and all other styles of consumer or industrial linens with excellent stunning visual results.

The best way to describe rubbed-bronze finishes is through a comparison to the luscious variety of browns that are found in chocolate bars. The soft chocolaty surface layer on the oil-rubbed bronze fixtures is often gently illuminated by using copper or a copper-like metal during the manufacturing processes. Consumers everywhere are thrilled with their new shimmering bars for hand towels, hooks for kids’ robes and other types of fixtures.

Value: Interior design experts are always searching for appropriate metal parts and fixtures that are long-life products with an ability to remain fashionable throughout the constantly changing trends in consumer products. Oil-rubbed bronze fixtures will stay fashionable for a long time while they display eco-friendly Egyptian towels, monogrammed towels or waffle bathrobe sets and all manner of terry bathroom products. The new sturdy oil-rubbed bronze bathroom fixtures and accessories are fashionable long-life products.

Oct 082010
 

In China, due to the bad weather, harvest of cotton is delayed, therefore there is a big increase in demand for cotton from textile mills. According to Department of Agriculture, US export increased 54% in upland cotton. China is the biggest buyer with 42%, the most of any country. Fiber prices increased around 61% in the past year.

According to Cotton Advisory Committee the world cotton production is expected to increase 16% to 25.2 million tons this year when compared to last year’s 21.8 million tons.

As the cotton prices are going up, the prices in the finished textile products are also going up. Some of the products affected include clothing, rugs, towels, bath textiles, curtains, and linens. According to a UK based clothing maker, the clothing prices can increase as much as 8% next year. They also added that the companies that have a very good quality line doesn’t want to add polyester-blends to cotton which will decrease the cost but also decreases the quality as well.

Oct 042010
 

First time since 1995 the price of one pound cotton passed 1 dollar. The demand from textile producers outpaced the supply, the global inventories are declining. China which is the leading producer and receiver in the world, may increase its imports due to a 13 percent decline in the cotton production. According to the chairman of Gill & Co. which is a Mumbai based trader, they are expecting a 10 to 15 cents increase in a pound of cotton in the next 15 to 30 days.

Cotton Prices are Doubled in Turkey

Turkey is one of the major towel manufacturers in the market. According to the president of chamber of commerce in turkey, 100% increase in cotton prices affected the textile market very deeply. Towel manufacturers and textile companies are having hard times even in giving prices to their potential customers. According to the president of ATEKS, a Turkish based textile company, white gold (cotton) has a very sharp increase in the world market and the production has to be strengthening in order to get better quality cotton. He also adds that the increase in cotton prices passed the increase in gold prices throughout the world.

Oct 032010
 

Bamboo Towels

Towels are mostly made of cotton fibers. Nowadays, there are different types of fibers being used to manufacture towels, bathrobes, bath mats and bath textiles.

American Upland Cotton: which grows in the South, from Virginia to Oklahoma and Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California has short and durable fibers.

Egyptian Cotton: is known with its durability and absorbency. Egyptian cotton has extra long staple length grows in Egypt, which allows to produce luxurious towels worldwide.

Pima Cotton: which is considered as the highest quality cotton among those grows in US. Pima name is given after the Pima Indians who helped to develop this cotton type. This extra long staple cotton provides shiny, durable and firm fiber. Supima is the trademark that appears on products entirely made of pima cotton.

Sea Island Cotton: grows in the West indies and the islands of South Carolina and Georgia coast, known with its long staple and silky texture.

Organic Cotton: grows without using any pesticides, insecticides and defoliants. SKAL certified organic cotton is tested and verified according to international organic farming standards.

Turkish Cotton: grows in the Aegean and southeastern part of Turkey known with its strength and natural shine. The long staple fiber gives durability and softness.

Bamboo Fiber: is gaining popularity in the last 5 years. It is known as highly absorbent, antibacterial, soft and quick drying.

Microfiber: is a blend of polyester and polyamides which is a man made fiber known with its softness.

Linen: is made of fibers of the flax plant which is known with its smoothness and strength.

Sep 302010
 

seals need towels

Save a Seal with a Towel.

A wildlife center in the UK is asking for towels, especially big towels, to use for sick and injured seals. The particular wildlife center, the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre of Norfolk, England, cares for 50 seals and nearly three hundred other animals.

What will the big bath towels and beach towels be used for? The staff wraps the seals in the towels to make them easier to handle and to provide warmth for the animal.

Unfortunately, the wildlife center recently announced that they’re going through a shortage of towels at the moment, a problem which is reaching crisis proportions. As of September 21, 2010, the center is caring for 21 seals in their intensive care unit. With such a high level of care, the center is going through an astonishing 120 towels per day.

If you live in the UK, you can drop your new or used towel off at a nearby Tesco. If you live outside the UK, send a towel or two to:

RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre

East Winch

King’s Lynn

Norfolk, PE32 1NR

United Kingdom