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 if cared for properly, can last for up to 500 washes! And, because we have our very own line of microfiber cleaning cloths, we have quite some experience with all things microfiber. This also means we get asked all the time: “How do I care for and clean microfiber cloths?” Well, we have answers, so we put this little guide together as a reference for anyone who has questions about microfiber cloths!
Start By Rinsing
The beauty of microfiber cloths is that they are amazing at grabbing on to dirt, debris, and dust. While that’s great for cleaning, you want to try and get rid of as much of that stuff as you can prior to washing. So, after each use give them a really thorough rinse to get rid of any cling-ons, grease or leftover cleaning product.
Keep ‘Em Separated
You definitely want to keep your microfiber cloths separate from other laundry items. We do this because, as we know, microfiber cloths are designed to pick up absolutely everything! Well, this includes lint and debris that will inevitably come off of other garments and towels. So, if you wash these cloths with cotton or other fabrics, you’re likely to have them come out of the wash with little pieces of lint stuck to them.
Even if you only have a few microfiber cloths, it’s still a good idea to keep them separate. That being said, if you’re in a pinch, 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.
What detergent should I use?
I like to use a scent free and dye free detergent. Something really gentle with no additives or anything else in it—the purer, the better.
Can I add bleach or fabric softener?
Absolutely not. We’re going with just plain old detergent and water, nothing fancy. Bleach will ruin the cloths, and fabric softener will clog up the fibers. I will on occasion add some vinegar to the fabric softener department, but that’s it.
What temperature should I use?
I generally launder exclusively with cold water. If I’m particularly concerned about a stain because I’ve cleaned up something truly nasty I may use warm water, but that’s it. Hot water won’t necessarily ruin the cloths, but a) it’s expensive, and b) there is a concern with heat (see below).
Can I put microfiber cloths in the dryer?
I recommend tumble drying on low, or no heat. You can even air dry them if you want. You also want to stay away from any type of fabric softener or even dryerballs—essentially anything that reduces static-cling. You want the static-cling! It’s 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. Now, a note on too much heat; because of the nature of the material, microfiber can burn or melt when exposed to high levels of heat. Your dryer gets pretty hot, so this is why we recommend low, or no, heat when drying.
Don’t forget to check out our selection of the very best microfiber cleaning cloths on the market today at MakersClean.com!