What is a bar towel?

Bar towels are generally a small piece of thick absorbent cloth used in a bar or restaurant for wiping tables and cleaning glasses. Bar towels, also called bar mops, and bar mop towels, are thicker and more plush than kitchen towels, as well as, more absorbent. Their name originated from their use by bartenders to clean up spills at the bar, as well as, to wipe down glasses and stemware.

Bar mops are super-absorbent and very durable towels. Typically made of cotton, or terry cloth, bar towels have small loops woven into the fabric, with dense fibers that make them much more absorbent than everyday dish towels. Bar towels are usually made of 100% cotton and usually range in weights from 20 oz to 36 oz. They can be a solid white, or white with a center colored stripe, so they are easy to clean and provide a uniform look. Restaurants often use bar mops with stripes in order to color-code for different applications.

“Maxi-Mop” versions are heavy duty and constructed with a stronger weave and low piles. Maxi Mop bar towels reduce lint, providing a cleaner finish and better cleaning, while increasing the longevity of the white plain terry bar towel. Ribbed or full terry cloth provides maximum absorption. Some of the more popular sizes are 15×18, 17×20 and 16 x 19 inches.

Microfiber bar mop towels are made with a blend of polyester, nylon, or polyimide fibers and are considered advantageous by many because they are super absorbent and believed to be four times more effective at cleaning than traditional towels. Cotton however is softer and gentler than microfiber, which allows for more comfort, while also allowing the towel to be gentle on any type of surface. Microfiber towels can be used wet or dry to clean surfaces and do not require any other chemicals or polishes so they can remove up to 99 percent of dust, dirt, and other residues on their own. Microfiber can absorb seven times its weight in water. Microfiber products are also positively charged which allows them to attract negatively charged dirt and grease.

How do you wash bar towels?

Bar towels are exceptionally durable and can be washed on a hot and heavy-duty spin cycle with industrial strength sanitizer or bleach to remove all dirt and stains between uses, leaving them sparkling white. They require a high heat wash cycle to kill any bacteria and germs, and are usually sold and purchased in large, bulk bar towel quantity purchases as they are typically used and washed so often, they need to be replaced frequently.

If you have any questions about selecting the right bar mop towel for your needs feel free to contact us via chat, e-mail or phone and one of our Direct Textile Store customer service representatives who will be happy to assist you.

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