Microfiber cloths have become increasingly popular with consumers in recent years. Cloths are commonly manufactured with synthetic threads that have a diameter smaller than a strand of silk. Fibers are then used to produce a woven or non woven product. The most popular form of microfiber cloths are produced from woven fibers that have been split in the manufacturing process. The combinations, shape, and size of the fibers allow manufacturers to produce cloth with different characteristics.
What makes a great microfiber cleaning cloth?
The most common microfiber cloths are composed of a blend of woven polyamide and polyester threads that have been split. Cloths that are made with this blend of materials and the right knitting process are incredibly effective, soft, and durable. These cloths can absorb oils and many times their weight in water and are not hard enough to scratch unless they have retained particles from previous use. A high quality microfiber cloth will grip on a microscopic scale and should feel like it is sticking to the fine details of your hands.
Used at home and in professional cleaning applications.
The characteristics and durability of our microfiber cloths have made them popular with professionals and every day cleaning at home.
Automobile enthusiasts and detail teams use microfiber cloths for their versatility. They can be used to remove wax from paint, clean glass, remove interior dust, and for drying.
Professional photographers frequently use microfiber cloths on lenses and equipment to absorb and clean debris without leaving residue behind or being abrasive.
Janitorial services and home owners use microfiber cloths because the durability makes them last longer than a cloth made from organic fibers and they are more economical than paper towels.
Proper care for our microfiber cloths.
It is important to wash microfiber cloth in hot water with regular washing detergent. Self-softening detergents contain oils that will make the fibers of the cloth less effective until it is properly washed. Alternatively you can hand wash with mild dish soap and rinse with cool water.
Cloths are made from synthetic materials and the fibers will melt together in the high heat of tumble dryers. You may tumble dry the cloth without dryer sheets and only on the low heat setting.
I started using microfiber cloths in the late 90’s in my college dorm. Over the years I have tried various brands from Wal-Mart®, Home Depot®, Lowes®, and gas stations when traveling. Because of their properties, microfiber cloths can be used for so many more tasks than one would think.
One of the lesser known uses for microfiber cloth is in beauty. The tiny channels on the fibers grip on the microscopic level and increase absorbancy of a cloth. These fibers allow the cloths to pickup dead skin cells and remove makeup, oil, and sweat with ease. Pores are less likely to clog when dead skin cells and dirt are removed.
Nothing cleans a lens like a good microfiber cloth. If you wear glasses daily like myself, you know all too well about irritating smudges and dust in your field of vision. Trust me on this, keep a few microfiber cloths at work, in the car, and for when you travel. The same goes for mirrors and television screens. I have found that a bathroom mirror is super easy to clean when it is fogged up right after a hot shower. Seize the opportunity when it is fogged up and use a dry cloth to wipe the mirror for a streak free finish.
Another use for microfiber cloths that I have become fond of is cleaning fruits and veggies like apples, tomatoes, and peppers. A quick rinse under the faucet and a wipe with a cloth will remove a good bit of the food grade wax from the outer surface.
Let us know some uncommon and creative uses you have found for microfiber cloths.
For cleaning just about any surface around the home, microfiber cloth is the ideal tool for the task. Although it will not work well unless it is used properly. A cloth that is saturated will do little more than spread surface dirt around.
Start with a dry microfiber cloth for dusting or cleaning up wet messes. When dusting use just enough pressure to keep the cloth in contact with the surface to be cleaned. Go over the surface once for the bulk of the dust particles then flip the cloth over to gather any remaining fine particles. A single 12 inch x 12 inch cloth should be adequate to dust around 48 square feet of surface area.
Smooth Hard Surfaces
We recommend using a barely damp microfiber cloth when cleaning grime from hard surfaces like mirrors, windows, counters, and appliances. If you are new to cleaning with microfiber the best place to start cleaning is a bathroom or full length mirror. When using a damp cloth for general cleaning you should expect to not see any wet film on the surface after wiping.
For really dirty jobs you will want to clean the surface with a mild soapy solution to wash all the muck off first. Once the surface is clean, polish using the same technique with the barely damp cloth.
Cleaning the Cleaning Cloth
A tough cloth should stand up to your laundry cycles. Clean your microfiber cloths with hot water, mild detergent, and no fabric softeners. Microfiber cloths can be tumble dried on low or no heat, typically the fluff or delicate cycle. It is okay if they cling to other clothing, this is normal due to the the way the cloths function.
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