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What are Huck Towels? And why are Huck Towels so Popular?

What are huck towels?
(and why are they so popular?)


Huck towels, also often referred to as surgical towels, are 100% cotton, very absorbent, and extremely low lint cloths. They usually have smooth sides, sewn edges and are available in various colors, with blue and green being the most popular.

Absorbent Huck Towel 12 pack

Why are they called surgical towels?

As the name suggests, surgical towels get their name because they are often used during a surgical procedure to drape over a patient. Their low lint quality also makes them the cloth of choice to clean sterilized surgical instruments.

How do you use these towels?

In the world of cleaning, the huck towel is one of, if not the most, popular towel choices for cleaning windows as they provide a streak-free finish and leave behind no lint. In addition to windows, many cleaning companies like to use huck towels for mirror cleaning, surface cleaning, and any cleaning application that requires a lint-free surface.

Blue Huck Towel with Hemostat

Are huck towels durable? How long will they last?

Yes! These towels are remarkably durable and will last a long time when cared for properly. They can withstand multiple launderings still maintaining their absorbency and softness. After being used in healthcare facilities, they often get a new life as a cleaning cloth. Here at Monarch Brands, we offer both new and reclaimed huck towels.

Woman using white Huck Towel to wipe down machinery

What’s the difference between new and reclaimed or recycled ones?

New huck towels are brand new towels, pre-washed, and treated for absorbency. As mentioned above, reclaimed towels often come from hospitals and other healthcare facilities and get a new life as a cleaning cloth. Many cleaning companies prefer reclaimed towels over new ones because they’re a budget-friendly option and are already broken in and softer than new ones.

Can I wash them? Any tips on washing instructions?

Absolutely! These towels can withstand numerous launderings and get softer over time. Just throw them in your washing machine. We recommend using about half the normal amount of detergent. Another tip is only to wash them with other huck towels. Anything else you put in the load like terry bath towels will shed lint that may get trapped in the yarns of the towel.

How are huck towels sold?

We have what you need. You can purchase new huck towels in bulk by the bale (400 towels per bale) or by the pound in cartons. When buying by the pound, we offer 5, 10, 25, and 50LB box sizes for both virgin towels as well as reclaimed ones.

We also have a retail packaged bag of 50 towels, an excellent option for point-of-sale business. Alongside our famous blue huck towels, we offer five additional color options. Each carton is packed by the dozen, with ten dozen per case. These towel packs are ready for e-commerce (with UPC and suffocation warning in a polybag). Check them out here.

If you have any additional questions about huck towels or any of our other low lint cleaning cloth products, feel free to contact me at [email protected].

Blue Absorbent Huck Towels
Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen
Account Executive
O: (215) 482-6100 x305
P: (267) 238-1648
F: (215) 482-6191


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