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How to Clean and Care for Microfiber Cloths

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Microfiber cloths are bristly and rough and are great for cleaning. They have micro bristles of fibers to increase the surface area and act as magnets for attracting dirt, debris, and bacteria. 

If you want your microfiber cloths to last for a long time, it’s best to clean and maintain them. The ultra-thin fibers are made up of synthetics woven split which makes it a little difficult to clean them. But these few simple steps will help you keep them suitable for repeated use.

Here are the best ways we can suggest you for cleaning and maintaining microfiber cloths.

A Guide to Clean Microfiber Cloth

  • Separation

It would be better if you use separate dedicated microfiber cloths for different tasks. Use separate cloths for dusting, cleaning bathrooms kitchens, etc. This is because the type of material present in the dirt and debris of different tasks at different places would be different. For example, using the cloth for cleaning your kitchen would make it greasy and oily while it won’t in other cases.

  • Rinsing

You always want your microfiber cloths as good as new, right? Well, the first step to achieving that is rinsing. Immediately rinse your cloth after using it to avoid the settling of something greasy or grimy, ultimately resulting in stains.

Otherwise, you need to put in extra effort to clean it later.

  • Pre-treatment
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To ease your task of cleaning your microfiber cloth, you can pre-treat it. Before washing them you can add a few drops of dish liquid or laundry detergent to treat stains. Rub it with your hands and then let it stay and work for 5 minutes.

Related: How to Clean a Microfiber Couch

Different Strokes for Different Folks

Should you use a washing machine or your hands for a simple wash? Ehh, all of that depends upon you. But according to me, hand-washing is enough and more recommendable than machine wash. Still, do you want to try machine washing? Don’t worry I will guide you through both ways.

Best Wash: Hand Wash

No other option is better than that of using your hands for washing your microfiber cloths. All you need is some water if there are light stains. Rub them with your hands. If there are heavy stains or greasy remains on your cloth which is difficult to remove add a few drops of detergent. Then rub it and let it stay for some time.

Washing with hands ensures a longer life for your clothes. It doesn’t ruin the ultrathin bristles of your cloth.

Washing Machine Method

If you are going to wash your microfiber cloths in the washing machine, there are a few things you need to take care of.

DON’T wash your fabrics in a mixed load. Other fabrics especially cotton produce a good amount of lint. This lint will get attracted to your microfiber cloths. It would need more elbow grease to get the lint off your cloth.

If you don’t want to wash the cloths separately, at least try to wash them with other non-linting fabrics like synthetics. Wash them in a cool or warm setting. Try to avoid using detergent.

Once the cycle is complete you can air dry it or use your machine dryer. If you’re using a machine dryer, make sure to keep the setting to low heat in a tumble dryer. Skip fabric softener sheets. Dry it with other microfiber cloths.

Which is Better—Air Dry or Tumble Dry?

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Air dry is a better option than tumble dry. Also, microfiber cloths dry quickly, almost within an hour. Just hang them on a clothing line and let them dry on their own. Letting them dry in a sunny spot has the added benefit of disinfection.

Things to Avoid While Washing Microfiber Cloths

  • Avoid heat!
  • No fabric softener!
  • Avoid vinegar!
  • No bleaching!

Why not? Bleaching or using fabric softeners will ruin your microfiber cloths. Bleach erodes them. Fabric softeners have surfactants that cause the microfibers to clump as it clogs open spaces. It destroys its cleaning powers. The acidity in vinegar also erodes the bristles.

So these were a few things that you have to keep in mind while cleaning your microfiber cloths. All they ask for from you is a little maintenance and care.

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