Most of you will be familiar with the phenomenon: you have bought a new towel and you first have to wash it or use it a couple of times before it starts to work properly, i.e. dry your body after taking a shower instead of smearing out the water .
My simple question is: why is this the case? Why do new towels dry better after a few uses?
Do the pores in the towel somehow have to be 'opened' after the production process which reduces capillary action in the first couple of uses? Or is it perhaps because of some coating the new towels have to protect them while kept in stores, which causes lower wettability? Or is it perhaps related to the way in which the towel dries after it has been wet?