An Overview of A Terry Towel Rag

A terry towel rag, also known as a terry towelling cleaning cloth, is a highly absorbent type of cotton that is manufactured on a special woven loom. It is produced with many protruding loops of thread which are designed to pull in water and make them ideal for many cleaning scenarios. Terry rags contain natural ingredients which also makes them environmentally friendly. 

With this in mind, this article is going to discuss: 

  • What are terry cloths made of
  • What jobs they usually used in
  • How long they last
  • How to maintain them
  • Final comment

What is Terry Cloth Made of?

As we have previously stated, terry cloths are woven from cotton however, there are variations that are manufactured from silk, linen, polyester and other man-made fibres. Today, high-quality terry towels are made of cotton because, unlike other materials that weaken in water, the absorbent fibre in cotton gets stronger when wet. It is actually well documented that cotton can absorb 20 to 30 times its own weight in water which, when applied to a cleaning scenario, is hugely advantageous.

In relation to the loops of the towels, they act as a sponge that can withstand squeezing, pulling and rubbing. These same loops also add extra surface to make the cloths highly absorbent.

What Jobs Are Terry Towel Rags Usually Used in? 

Terry towel rags are incredibly popular in a magnitude of demanding settings which can be detailed below:


A cleaning rag is more or less a staple item for cleaners. When cleaners are tasked with wiping spills or splashes away from dirty surfaces, a cleaning cloth is usually what they incorporate into their work routine due to its absorbent properties as discussed earlier. Cleaning rags can also be colour coded to help cleaners avoid any cross contamination problems that may arise. This is particularly prevalent in the healthcare industry where hygiene standards are required to be exceptional for the safety of all people involved in the vicinity. 


Glaziers are responsible for cutting, installing and removing glass from homes and commercial buildings. Imagine the scenario where you have just fitted a new window and you want to finish off the very last few details. This is where you would use a terry towel rag to clean any dust or debris that may have possibly latched onto the window to give it that extra shine, ready to be presented to your client. 

Car Cleaning/Polishing

Cleaning rags also thrive in the motor vehicle industry. If you work at a car wash, the final step usually involves drying off the car. This is where you will need an absorbent rag that won’t get saturated easily and can last through multiple sessions. This is where a terry cloth cleaning rag comes into play as they are gentle on the paint job of the car, so you won’t have to worry about damaging your customers’ vehicle, and you will avoid scratches on the glass.

As a side note in relation to car cleaning, If you accidentally drop one of your rags, do not try to keep using it. Chances are, it would have accumulated a lot of dirt and sometimes hidden stones which could end up scratching the paint work of the car if used again. 

How Long Will It Last?

As far as fabrics go, terry cloths are notably rugged. This means they won’t easily rip or tear and because of this, it makes them a highly durable cleaning item with an impressive life span.

With proper care, terry towels should last and retain their performance with some lasting as long as 5+ years but ultimately, the longevity of your terry towel rags depend on several factors. 

Examples include:

  • How often you use the rags
  • What environment/industry you use them for 
  • How well you take care of them

How to Take Care of Terry Towel Rags

Fortunately, terry cloth towels are very easy to maintain and can be easily laundered in your washing machine at home. Furthermore, a simple rinse in the kitchen sink with some liquid soap can be an adequate method of cleaning the rags however, this is depending on what application you use the rags for.

In industries that have a high likelihood of exposing individuals to stubborn stains, you may need to disinfect the rags with bleach in order to clear them properly. In some instances, you may even need to dispose of the rag completely if it contains harsh chemicals that could put yourself or other people’s health at risk. As such, if this is the case, it is advised that you purchase a brand new one.

Final Comment

It’s important to keep a solid collection of clean rags at hand whenever you’re using a terry towelling cleaning cloth. This is because after a few minutes, your cloth is likely to get dirty and overly saturated, so it’s best to switch to a new one whenever you can. Fortunately, here at Galleon Supplies, we stock long lasting Terry towel cleaning rags that can help you achieve this.

For more information on our janitorial cleaning supplies, why not give our friendly and highly knowledgeable team a call today on 02476 703 803 or alternatively, fill out a contact form and we will get back to you. 

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