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You must be having a number of towels, mops, dusters and bed sheets made up of microfiber. 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 little difficult to clean them. But these few simple and straight forward steps will help you keep them suitable for repeated use. Here are the best ways we can suggest you for cleaning and maintaining them.
A Guide To Clean A Microfiber Cloth
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. Like, using the cloth for cleaning your kitchen would make it greasy and oily while it won’t in other cases.
You always want your microfiber cloths as clean as new, right? Well, the first step to achieve that is rinsing. Immediately rinse your cloth after using it to avoid the something greasy or grimy to settle, ultimately resulting in stains. Otherwise, you need to put in extra efforts to clean it later, and nobody guarantees if that left out stain would go in your delayed cleaning.
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.
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 wash is enough and more recommendable than the machine wash. Still, you want to try machine wash? Don’t worry I will guide you through both the 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 using the “machine”
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 use resources unnecessarily washing it separately, at least try to wash it with other non-linting fabrics like synthetics. Wash it on 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 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?
Air dry is a better option than tumble dry. Also, microfiber cloths dry quickly, almost within an hour. Just hang it on a clothing line and let it dry on its own. Letting it dry in a sunny spot has an added benefit of disinfection.
No’s For Microfiber Cloth
- 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 which cause the microfibers to clump as it clogs open spaces. It destroys it’s 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. You do love them and all they ask for from you is a little maintenance and care, isn’t it?