How to Clean Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cleaning cloths are one of the best cleaning tools available.  They are effective and reusable and can replace tons of paper towels if used as part of your cleaning routine.  In order to get the most out of microfiber cleaning cloths, it is important to take proper care of them.  Below we outline the proper way to clean microfiber cloths so they last longer and clean most efficiently.  

Washing Microfiber Cloths

When washing microfiber cloths, avoid harsh soaps, fabric softeners or detergent with laundry additives such as fragrances and fabric conditioners.  These materials cling to the cloth fibers, making them less effective for cleaning.  

Lightly dusty or dirty microfiber cloths can be hand-washed.  To hand-wash microfiber cleaning cloths, take the following steps:

  • Shake out the cloth outdoors or into a trash bag to release excess dirt and debris.
  • Fill a basin of cool or warm water.
  • Add cloths to filled basin and agitate by hand.  Hand scrub heavily stained areas.
  • Soak cloths for 15 to 20 minutes, then agitate again.
  • Rinse the towels thoroughly under running water.
  • Wring out excess water.
  • Follow instructions below for drying.

For more heavily soiled microfiber cloths or for large quantities of microfiber cloths, machine-wash.   To machine-wash microfiber cloths, follow the steps below:

  • Shake microfiber cloths outdoors or into a trash can to release excess dirt.
  • Machine wash a load of microfiber cloths in cold or warm water.  Do not use hot water.
  • If using detergent, choose a gentle detergent with no scent or laundry additives.  Use a small amount of detergent, no more than one or two teaspoons.
  • If microfiber towels have an odor, add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the machine load.
  • Allow the machine to complete half of the agitation cycle, then stop the cycle and allow to soak for 15 to 20 minutes.  
  • Resume wash cycle and allow it to complete.

Drying Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths dry quickly, whether you choose to air-dry or machine dry.


Machine Drying:

  • Thoroughly clean out dryer lint trap both before and after drying microfiber cloths.  A dirty lint trap can spread dryer lint and deposit on microfiber cloths, damaging the cloths.  
  • Do not add dryer balls or dryer sheets to the load.
  • Set the dryer to a low heat or an air-dry cycle.

Maintaining Microfiber Cloths

Follow the following tips and recommendations to maintain microfiber cloths and increase their usable life:

Microfiber cloths make quick work of most cleaning tasks because of their efficiency in picking up dirt and dust.  This reduces the number of cleaning products you need to use.  Investing in good quality microfiber cleaning cloths and caring for them properly will extend the life of the microfiber cloths and save you money over the long run.  SupplyLand features premium quality microfiber towels available in a variety of colors for convenient color-coding of your cleaning tasks.  

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