What is Microfiber Cloth?
Fabrics made with microfibers are exceptionally soft and hold their shape well. When high quality microfiber is combined with the right knitting process, it creates an extremely effective cleaning material. This material can hold up to seven times its weight in water. They are also used for some cleaning applications, because of their exceptional ability to absorb oil.
Uses for Microfiber Cloth
Microfiber cloth is used for
- Car Detailing: Microfiber is widely used by to handle such tasks as removing wax, quick detailing, cleaning interior, cleaning glass, as well as drying. Due to its fine fibers which leave no lint or dust, microfiber towels are a popular choice for avid car detailers and enthusiasts. Chamois leather is also used.
- Cleaning Dust
- Professional Quality Mops: In professional cleaning, microfiber is used in many tools, for example Microfiber Dust Mops and cleaning cloths. Microfiber mops are more costly than conventional mops, however some institutions find them more economical because they are longer lasting and require less effort to use.
- Reducing Bacteria: According to tests at UC Davis, using microfiber materials to clean a surface leads to reducing the number of bacteria by 99% whereas a conventional cleaning material reduces this number only by 33%. Other studies have also been done in Japan and Sweden and elsewhere. See Norwexnow.com
- Removing Grease or Oil: Microfiber cleaning tools have the ability to absorb fat and grease and their electrostatic properties have a high dust attracting power, hence making useless many cleaning products.
- Camera Lens Cleaning
- LCD or Plasma TV Cleaning
How to Clean Microfiber Cloth
Here are a few steps you can try. Each type of microfiber cloth is different, so your mileage may vary.
- Before washing, soak microfiber cloths in combination of water and dishsoap.
- Wash in hot water with normal detergent. Add 1/2 cup to 2 cups white vinegar to the rinse cycle.
- If that doesn't work, try washing with a super degreaser, such as Meguiar's Super Degreaser.
Care should be exercised when using microfiber for cleaning of sensitive surfaces. By nature it accumulates dust, debris, and particles inside its material. Sensitive surfaces (such as all high tech coated surfaces) can easily be damaged by a microfiber cloth if it has picked up grit or other abrasive particles during use. The cloth itself is generally safer to use on these surfaces than more common cloths, particularly as no cleaning fluid is required for cleaning such surfaces. One way to minimize the risk of damage to flat surfaces is to use a flat, non-rugged microfiber cloth, as these tend to be less prone to holding for example sand grains.