If you watch any of our videos or read our blogs, you’ll know that we have a scandalous love affair with microfiber cloths.
We’ve convinced most of your to grab a few and replace your old cleaning cloths with these amazing tools. Microfiber is one of the very best cleaning tools you’ll ever come across, and can last for up to 500 washes if cared for properly. I also love the idea that when I use them, I am not rifling through a roll of paper towel (usually using a ton of sheets to remove all streaks and lint). They are economical and environmentally-friendly and although they do not bio-degrade, they can be re-used 500 times, which I prefer to using paper towel.
A lot of times, we get asked how to clean them properly. So, we put this quick little guide together for you.
The recommended care regime:
1) Separate cloths from other laundry items
Do this because you want to avoid the very clingy cloths from picking up lint or debris from other items like clothing or towels. Some people opt to place their cloths in a delicates bag, that way they have less exposure to potential clingy lint during the washing process.
2) Add a small amount of laundry detergent, ideally a liquid detergent to the laundry
Just plain detergent, nothing fancy or expensive. The purer, the better. Use a proportionate amount of detergent according to the size of the load.
3) Launder with cold water
Nothing really to expand on this, just use cold water.
4) Tumble dry on low or no heat
You want to use a dryer if possible, with no anti-static products. Static cling is one of the key benefits of microfiber, so you want to generate and store as much of it as you can during the drying process. Too much heat can ‘burn’ the material, so be sure to use low or no-heat drying cycles.
1) Use the cloths to clean up grease, oil, or polish. It cannot be removed from the cloth
Your cloths will have grease stains and flattened patches. For greasy or dirty jobs, or jobs involving polish, stick to cotton or paper.
2) Wash using hot water
Heat ruins the fibers, and repeated exposure to heat will render the cloth useless.
3) Wash using fabric softener or dryer sheets
Fabric softener ‘clogs’ the fibers and binds them together. This reduces their absorbency and ability to wipe away liquids and trap dust. If you do this, you’ll see that the cloths performs similar to a cotton washcloth…not very well.
4) Wash with bleach
Bleach will also ruin the integrity of the cloth, meaning it will wear faster and not work as well. A clear no-no!
So there you have it, simple care tips to keep your microfiber cloths lasting long and strong for you!