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Microfiber cloths attract dirt, tiny particles and dust particles, which is great because that is their work. Not only are these cloths hygienic, but they also help you avoid using harmful detergents that can cause allergic reaction caused by these detergents. Also, they help you clean in much less time. Microfiber cloths are also perfect for cleaning laptops, phones, and tablets because they don’t have abrasive surfaces and thus can gently rub on your device’s sensitive screen.
Cleaning microfiber cloths regularly will prevent debris and dirt that the cloth has attracted from different surfaces from being spread to other areas. That’s why you need to know how to clean microfiber cloths.
Here Is How to Wash and Clean a Microfiber Cloth
Cleaning and caring for your microfiber cloths is an important step in maintaining their soft and scratch-free material. Washing and drying them properly will also ensure they last longer, produce better-detailing results and stay softer. Washing your towels incorrectly can ruin your towel’s soft surface and thus lead to poor results especially when detailing. If you want to clean your microfiber cloths, here is a complete guide on how to wash and dry your towels.
1. Separate Your Towels
There are different types of microfiber towels – some used for detailing while others for drying. All these towels clean different types of contaminants and dirt. You should not mix microfiber cloths used for dusting and those used for bathroom cleaning. Therefore, before washing your microfiber, it is important to separate your towel into groups. Washing them in separate groups will reduce the chances of cross-contamination of germs during the washing process. If you mix window cleaning towels and bathroom cleaning towels in the same load, oil residue can get embedded in your window cleaning towels thereby causing streaks when cleaning your windows. To ensure microfibers are washed properly, separate cloths before washing.
2. Use Proper Microfiber Wash
This involves deciding if you need to hand wash or machine-wash your microfiber cloths. Also, it involves choosing the right microfiber clothing detergent. If you choose a generic laundry detergent, it can result in low performance of your microfiber towels. I recommend that you use only those detergents formulated for microfiber cloths to achieve optimal results. These detergents are designed to help you achieve the best results when washing microfiber cloths and towels without harming their material, and it also improves its performance by making them feel plush and soft. Generic laundry detergent can make your microfibers feel rough and stiff.
Remember not to use fabric softener as it can reduce microfiber performances and clog the pores that attract dirt and dust. Fabric softeners reduce the performance of a microfiber material by blocking liquids from being absorbed. However, you can use some white vinegar. Always use detergents that are designed to wash and clean microfiber cloths for best results.
3. Choose the Right Wash Cycle
After separating your towels and choosing the right detergent, it’s time to wash your microfiber cloths. Place your towels in your washing machine (of course, in groups) select “Hot” or “Sanitize.” Washing microfiber towels in the washing machine with hot water helps to open the fibers to release contaminants and dirt. The hot cycle helps kill microorganisms as they are killed when water temperatures reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Launder with detergent but don’t use it in excess for purposes of rinsing. Press start and let the machine do the work.
4. Drying Your Microfiber
Now that your towels are clean, it’s time to dry them. Machine drying is recommended to ensure all your towels come out clean and fluffy. Place them in a dryer on low to medium heat to kill the remaining germs.
Do not dry them on high heat as it fries the polyester in the microfiber towels, thereby causing them to feel hard and stiff. Microfiber towels that are dried using high heat can will leave scratches and swirls when used on sensitive and delicate surfaces. Dry your microfiber on low or medium heat for best results.
Once dry, fold and store them in a clean cabinet where they will not come into contact with any dirt or debris for better results when detailing surfaces.
Now you know how to clean microfiber cloths. Proper washing of these cloths will keep them in pristine condition for many years.