Have you observed the inches that some towels lose when they are washed?
It is a fact that some towels really lose inches in the wash. This is apparent because of the fact that manufacturers cut down on the use of what they call as softening chemical that lessens shrinkage. The sole reason is not because of profitability, but because this same chemical that limits shrinkage also make the towels less absorbent.
Many manufacturers now produce towels that are at least two inches longer than the standard size. This is aimed to compensate for the shrinkage when towels are washed.