Why are some towels much more absorbent than others?

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Why are some towels much more absorbent than others?

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When a fabric absorbs water, it’s basically using the water’s own surface tension, along with other physical properties such as its tendency to wick along a surface, to hold it between the fibers of the fabric. Having the right size fibers and spacing them properly can affect how much water a given material can hold. That’s why when you wring a cloth the liquid comes out; you’re compressing the space between the fibers and therefore forcing the liquid in that space out.

A towel is made of 3 different yarns. It mostly depends on the kind of yarn and the twist of yarn used on pile yarn( the loops that you see). Cotton yarn with zero twist has most absorbency. Also if the loops are long they absorb more water.