March 25, 2011
Q: How can I prevent my towels from pilling in the washer and dryer? A: To prevent pilling, start with well-constructed towels made from quality fibers. When buying new towels, check the labels for 100 percent Egyptian or pima cotton. These types have long fibers; they form strong, even yarns that are less likely to produce lint, which results in pills. Combed cotton is another option. It is made with thread that is combed before being spun to remove the shorter fibers that form pills.
October 4, 2007 |
The San Diego Padres, the National League wild-card leaders for weeks, ordered 90,000 "rally towels" for the first round of the playoffs. Brad Fish, owner of BWM Global Inc., printed about 45,000 before learning the Padres had been knocked out of the postseason. "I don't know what they're going to do with them," Fish said yesterday. "The Mets are a good client of ours," Fish added from his towel-printing plant in Chicago. Correction: the Mets were a good client. The Phillies are a third.
April 16, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I recently returned from a vacation where we had a disagreement regarding hotel service and towels. Regarding the towels, my wife thinks we should hang them to dry daily for reuse later. I say the cost of washing the towels is included in the price of the room and I want a fresh towel daily. The other issue is my wife feels obligated to tip the housekeeping staff. I have never felt that obligation. Not a single housekeeper has been exceptional, regardless of the hotel we stayed in. We're hoping you could shed some light on hotel etiquette.
May 25, 1988 |
Sylvester Stallone breezed into the room, looked around and said, "What is this, the Ernie Kovacs room?" No one understood what he was talking about (the mirrors? the strangely colored wallpaper?), but that wasn't the point. The point was mood, attitude, spin. Sly is a regular guy, the comment seemed to say, ready to laugh at himself, armed with eclectic references and unexpected insights. Stallone was in the New York hotel conference room to talk about "Rambo III," a very expensive film that opens today, and that must be a major hit to recoup the money invested in it by himself and others.
August 21, 1995 |
Few people behave at home as they do at a hotel, throwing a towel on the floor after just one use. These days, however, signs are popping up in hotel rooms asking guests to change their ways - to hang a towel on a rack if they don't mind using it again, or leave it on the floor if they want it replaced. Some hotels are even asking guests whether they mind if the bed sheets aren't changed every day. The signs in hotel rooms are part of a growing environmental awareness in the lodging business, with some hostelries carrying the efforts to great lengths.
October 12, 1998 |
Around the world, hotels that want to reduce operating costs and do their part to improve the environment are leaving notes for guests in their rooms. Hotels for several years have asked people to use towels more than once, by suggesting on cards left in the bathroom to hang up towels if they're willing to reuse them, or put them on the floor if they want them changed daily. Now hotels have added the bedsheets to the "environmentally friendly" movement. At the Holiday Inn Downtown in Washington, a plastic card found on the desk in each room says it's the hotel's policy to launder guest-room linens only every three days for those staying multiple nights.
July 8, 1997 |
This is testimony about a conversion experience. Twenty-odd years ago, I moved to the Eastern Seaboard as a nonswimmer, a native of a place whose most famous body of water was a river that caught on fire, a hydrophobe who once visited Hawaii without dabbing a toe in the Pacific Ocean. Back then, vacations to me meant sightseeing, comfort. The ideal was to set up shop in a nice hotel in a great city: by day, museums and historic sites; after dusk, theaters, ballgames, restaurants.
April 16, 1989 |
Towels. Tons of towels. Orange towels. Yellow, flowery towels. Moldy green towels. Hot pink towels. Worn towels. Faded, Raggedy Ann and Andy towels. Navy blue dinosaur towels. Ordinary white towels. Ugly brown towels. Beach towels. Finger towels. Polka- dot towels. Got any? Bring them to Loesche Elementary School at Bustleton Avenue and Tomlinson Road. Fifth graders there want cotton towels - any size, any color, any shape. Old, raggedy ones work just fine. Seals can't tell the difference, says Mary Cafolla, who is behind all this cotton towel craziness.
November 17, 1990 |
It's not always easy being an elected official - long hours, lousy pay, constant fear and loathing from taxpayers. But in Montgomery County, there are touches that make it a bit more bearable than it might be elsewhere. Like freshly laundered white towels every week for the three county commissioners and the 20 Common Pleas Court judges. Said towels made an appearance at a budget hearing yesterday. There is not much to the towels - they are "half the size of a locker-room towel," Commissioners Chairman Paul B. Bartle explained during a budget hearing - but, boy, are they expensive to clean.
August 8, 2011
A WARM, MUGGY day of campaigning nearly starts off badly. Karen Brown, the Republican nominee for mayor, is ready to leave her South Philly block when her righthand man, Rick Modglin, goes to dump a cup of lemonade on the street by the car. Don't do it, Brown warns. The drink will draw flies and then the ire of Gracie, the woman who keeps clean the block of tidy two-story rowhouses. Most of them have her campaign poster in their windows. All politics are local. Brown and a few volunteers in three cars head to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, where the fifth annual SheROX Triathlon is under way. She spent the weekend buying all the rally towels she could find - about 1,000 - and having them printed with her name and campaign website.