- When most people think of a mechanic rag or industrial towel, the traditional shop towel comes to mind. The shop rag is a 14x14, hemmed, highly durable cotton towel. These rags have been prewashed, helping increase their absorbency. They are brand new, so you won’t get those washed shop towels with grease and oil stains already on them. Available in white, red, or blue, most people prefer the white since they won’t bleed color when used with heavy chemicals. The shop towels have a slightly textured surface, making them great for picking up grease and grime that build up on machines and vehicles. That is why you always see these rags laying around auto repair shops. These are also the towels that uniform rental services rent out. However, these are BRAND NEW. Great for having around the garage, the cotton shop towels are a great all-around wiping cloth.
WHITE: This wiping cloth grade falls into the non-bleed category. When used with acetones, solvents and other chemicals that could potentially cause color to leave the material, this grade WILL NOT bleed color. If you are just needing a rag for general wiping, you may want to check out a colored cloth option. The colored rags offer a price savings compared to the non-bleed options. If you need a rag that won’t bleed color, this grade is for you!
- RED & BLUE: If your job includes using solvents, acetones or other chemicals with the rags, this wiping cloth grade may NOT be the best for you. These chemicals could cause the rag to bleed color onto whatever you are wiping. If you require a non-bleed wiping cloth, you may want to check out either a gray or white rag grade. If you are just looking to wipe up spills, this grade is for you!