Posted by KarenC on January 12, 2004 at 12:30:47:
In Reply to: Re: stripping- purpose???? posted by avamom on January 12, 2004 at 11:57:03:
It's pretty normal for diapers to lose their fluffiness with time. As fabrics age they lose those loose surface fibers that make them so fluffy. The more they age, the more fibers they lose. This also causes the slightly rougher feel. There shouldn't be a huge difference in absorbancy until the diapers age quite a bit and lose a LOT of their fibers though.... I wouldn't expect a significant drop in absorbancy (significant enough to really notice, it's all gradual though of course) until they're at least a couple years old (depending on how often they were washed of course).
If it's just that they're less fluffy and more rough than when they were new, that's pretty normal. Stripping them can't hurt but I doubt it'll do much to restore fluffiness. It could help with the roughness if it's being caused by build-up from hard water for example but won't do much for normal age-related roughness. If it's a very noticeable drop in absorbancy that could be caused by some kind of build-up...