Thankfully we have a washer and dryer in our shop.
I say thankfully because, between the Self-Serve and the full grooming, we go through a ton of towels.
Years ago I tried the magnet towels, but they did not last long.
After a few washings and drying they shrunk up and did not seem to suck the water out of the dogs coat the way they did when I first bought them.
For the last few years, I have been using Absorber® towels.
I get them from Wal-Mart in the automotive department.
I would cut them into two towels.
I liked them.
They worked well, but they were expensive, hard to clean, and did not last as long as I thought that they should for the price.
When I was at Groom Expo in September the Davis booth had magnet towels, a dozen for $2.10 each.
I thought that I would try them out again.
I bought two dozen.
When I got them to the shop, I cut each magnet towel into 4 smaller towels.
Leaving the magnet towel in one large piece is just too large for me to wring out.
The smaller towel is much easier to handle.
Plus, you get a lot more towels for your money.
Those two dozen magnet towels were now 96 towels.
Using the magnet towel:
You do not need to wet these towels down first to use them.
This dog is ready to towel dry.
Just rub the magnet towel all over the dog the same way that you would with a normal towel.
You will feel the magnet towel filling with water.
You can continue to rub until the towel is dripping with water, or does not seem to be sucking anymore water off of the coat.
Then you simply wring all of the water out of the magnet towel.
See how much easier it is to squeeze out the smaller towel.
Once you have squeezed out as much water as you can the magnet towel is ready to go over the dog again.
You can go over the dog with the same magnet towel as many times as you need to, to get as much water off of the coat as you can.
We use the same small size magnet towel on every size dog.
They work really great at sucking a lot of water out of the coat to help speed up drying.
But how long will they last?
Will they hold up to washing and drying?
Those questions were one reason why I waited so long to write this post.
This is one of the cut up towels that I have been using for the last five months, everyday, five days a week.
This magnet towel has been washed at the end of everyday, for 5 months.
It still looks like new and still sucks the water out of the coat.
So, what is so different from these magnet towels and the ones I tried years ago?
These magnet towels are a little thicker, but I don't think that that is why they are holding up better this time around.
I did things a little different this time with these towels that I think has kept them from shrinking and losing their absorbancy.
We use one magnet towel per dog a day.
At the end of the day we wash them, but we do not dry them.
The dryer shrinks them up.
I also think that drying them in a dryer caused them to lose their absorbancy.
We hang the magnet towels up at night and let them air dry.
They are dry and ready to go by the next morning.
I still use regular towels on my drying table, and in the kennels, but we have definitely cut back on the amount of towels that need washing.
Once you have cut the one large magnet towel into 4 smaller towels, you have spent about .53¢ per towel.
You can't beat that!
✂ Happy Grooming ✂