Thanks team. I agree with you I don’t have an answer to Jaydeeps question. I think the best I can do is try to carry out an experiment to test the observation that you have made.
I would need a sponge (natural or manufactured), a fixed amount of water and a way of drying the sponge. If we are going to do a fair test the sponge must be the same for both the hot water and the cold water test. It also must be in the same condition (preferably dry). I would also need to be aware that you should weigh the water, the weight of hot and cold water must be the same. As water is heated the volume gets bigger.
Jaydeep …maybe you could also try the experiment above and see whether a sponge does absorb more hot water than cold water. You could let me know the result by telling me your result in the comment box below.