How To Care For Microfiber Towels
Microfiber towels are the most versatile tool in your home. Their tiny fibers are so fine that they can literally wipe the bacteria off a surface, leaving a spotless clean without using nasty antimicrobial chemicals that could be harmful to you, your children, and your pets.
They don’t even require any cleaning solutions — just wet them with water for tough stains or use them dry for delicate surfaces like stainless steel and glass for a streak-free shine. Best of all, they can be laundered up to 500 times, saving you hundreds of dollars on disposable paper towels every year.
How To Wash Microfiber At Home
The two big things to remember when washing microfiber are no heat and no fabric softeners. The heat of the dryer can curl or even destroy the microscopic fibers that make up the cloth, greatly lessening its effectiveness. And fabric softeners leave residue that makes the tiny fibers stick together, rendering them useless.
Wasl your microfiber towels in warm or hot water with mild detergent — about half of what you’d normally use for a similar-sized load of normal laundry. Don’t wash your microfiber with cotton — cotton produces a lot of lint that will cling to the microfiber and make it less effective.
Ideally, you’ll wash your microfiber towels, rags, dusters, and mop pads separately form other fabrics — that’s why it’s a good idea to buy a bundle of them so that you can save up until you have a full load to wash.
Washing Microfiber Commercially
If you’re using microfiber in your business (we recommend it), you’ll follow roughly the same rules. If the cloths you’re using are heavily soiled, use a high solvent detergent, not an alkaline one. Don’t use bleach or fabric softener though, they’ll shorten the lifespan of your cloths.
Air drying is the ideal way to treat microfiber wiping cloths, but if you don’t have the time or space to hang them up to dry, a dryer will do. Dry your cloths on low heat or no heat — they’ll dry quickly just by tumbling around, so you don’t have to worry about blasting them with heat.
If you’re using microfiber mop pads commercially, don’t dry them. Put the mop pads back in the bucket so they can re-saturate with water and whatever cleaning solution you might be using and be ready to use again.
And that’s it! Gentle washing, gentle drying, and you’ll get years of use out of your microfiber cloths — and get an easier, more effective clean along the way!