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FAQ: Microfiber Towels

What is microfiber fabric?

Microfiber is a textile made from ultra-fine polyester and nylon yarns. It has extremely thin fibers which are half the diameter of a fine silk, one third the diameter of cotton, one quarter the diameter of fine wool and one hundred times finer than human hair. 

What are microfiber towels used for?

  • Kitchen – Microfiber towels are a great alternative to paper towel in the kitchen. Microfiber towels are excellent for cleaning surfaces, washing and drying dishes and more! For instance, scrub the kitchen sink and countertops with a general purpose microfiber cloth, then use the same microfiber cloth to wash dishes, wipe down the refrigerator, stove and stainless steel appliances.
  • Office – Whether you have an in-home office or commute to work, keep microfiber towels readily available. Use them to dust surfaces, remove fingerprints from monitors and touch screens and sanitize computer equipment such as keyboards and mice. Wipe in an “S” pattern to remove fingerprints from computer monitors for best results. 
  • Vehicle – Vehicles can benefit from microfiber towels both inside and out.  Wax and polish the exterior of your vehicle using a general purpose microfiber cloth in conjunction with your favorite cleaning product. Keep the dashboard dust free and windows crystal clear using microfiber cloths.Use a dry cloth for dusting applications and glass cleaner for the windows.
  • Gym – Anyone using gym equipment sweats and sweat ends up left behind on equipment.  Keeping a microfiber towel available at the gym is a great way to wipe down and sanitize before and after using equipment. Lay a microfiber cloth down on a bench to wick away sweat or wipe down handles on equipment. 

How much can microfiber towels absorb?

Microfiber towels can absorb 9 times their weight and cover 4 times more surface area compared to cotton.

Are microfiber towels lint free?

There are different types of microfiber towels. Some have raised fibers and some have a flat surface. All microfiber cloths are generally considered to be low lint. Microfiber towels with raised fibers may have a propensity to lint more than those with a flat surface.

Which side of a microfiber cloth should you use?

Microfiber towels have uniform fibers on both sides. This is useful because a single microfiber towel can be used for several cleaning jobs. Try folding your microfiber cloth in half, then in half again. This will give you 8 different sides to clean with in a single cloth!

What makes microfiber soft?

Microfiber is exceptionally soft due to the finely woven materials that make up the composition of the fabric. Microfiber fabrics are generally lightweight, wrinkle resistant, retain their shape and resist pilling. Microfiber fabrics are relatively strong and durable compared to other fabrics of similar weight. Microfiber is also more breathable than other fabrics of similar weight.

Are microfiber towels all the same?

No, microfiber towels are not all the same. There are two primary techniques used to produce microfibers:

  • Direct Spinning (conventional POY spinning) – produces a lower quality microfiber material.
  • Bi-Component Process – high quality and more effective in cleaning bacterial surfaces.This is the preferred microfiber type used in medical settings. 

What cleaning materials are safe to use on microfiber cloths?

  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Windex
  • Vinegar
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Dish Soap

Do not use bleach on microfiber cloths.

How to wash microfiber towels:

Machine Washing Microfiber Cloths

Machine washing is a great way to wash microfiber towels and won’t require a significant change from standard laundering routines. Follow these steps to effectively machine wash microfiber towels.If your microfiber towel has a care instruction label, follow the directions provided. 

  • Separate from other fabrics.  Always wash microfiber towels separately to avoid the transfer of lint, hair and dust from other items. Microfiber towels are like a magnet for lint. It is recommended to separate lightly used microfiber towels (like dusting cloths) from those that were used for heavy-duty cleanup. This will help prevent the transfer of dirt.
  • Shake off excess dirt. Before washing microfiber towels, shake them thoroughly outdoors or into a waste container.This will help to loosen and release dirt and dust.
  • Use a fragrance and additive-free detergent and do not use fabric softener. Fragrances and fabric softeners can coat the fibers of microfiber towels and make them ineffective for cleaning. Do not use too much detergent. One or two teaspoons is sufficient. Refer to the detergent instructions for further instruction. 
  • Add vinegar to remove odors. Add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the wash load to help rid microfiber towels of odors.
  • Machine wash in cool or warm water using a gentle cycle. Wash lightly soiled microfiber cloths in cool water. If microfiber towels are heavily soiled, use warm water. Choose a gentle or delicate washing machine setting. 
  • Pre-soak extra dirty microfiber towels. If your microfiber towels are extra soiled, pre-soak them before running through the washer. 

Hand Washing Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber towels used in light duty applications, such as dusting, typically don’t require machine washing. A quick hand wash will suffice, and no detergent is necessary. Follow the steps below to clean microfiber towels by hand.

  • Shake off excess dirt. Before hand washing microfiber towels, shake them out well outside or into a trash receptacle. This will loosen and release dirt and dust.
  • Fill a sink or basin with cool water. Add cool or warm water to a bowl, bucket or sink.
  • Wash and soak towels. Place microfiber towels into the water and scrub them by hand to remove dirt, debris and particles. Allows the microfiber cloths to soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, give the microfiber towels another good scrub.
  • Rinse and wring out cloths. Rinse the microfiber cloths under clean running water and wring out excess moisture.

How to dry microfiber towels:

Once your microfiber towels are clean, whether by machine or hand washing, it’s time to dry. It is recommended to allow microfiber towels to air dry on a flat surface or laundry hanging line. This will keep your microfiber towels absorbent. 

If you prefer to machine dry, be sure to do the following:

  • Dry microfiber towels separately from other items.
  • Do not add dryer sheets or dryer balls.
  • Clean the dryer lint trap thoroughly before drying to avoid any lint transfer. 
  • Use only low heat or an air-dry setting on your dryer. 

What are tips and tricks for washing microfiber towels?

Do:

  • Wash separately from other items and fabrics
  • Use cool or warm water
  • Use fragrance-free detergent without additives
  • Skip detergent if washing lightly soiled microfiber cloths by hand

Don’t:

  • Use fabric softener or bleach
  • Wash in hot water
  • Machine dry using high heat
  • Add dryer sheets or dryer balls
  • Iron the microfiber towels

Where can I buy microfiber towels?

SupplyLand offers a range of microfiber towel options.  Shop now.

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