You’ve probably heard of microfiber before. In fact, you probably have some in your house somewhere. But what is it? And what makes it so special?
What is Microfiber?
Microfiber cloth is a cloth with tiny fibers sticking up from the fabric. Bargain cloths will have around 50,000 fibers per square inch, while the higher-end cloths will have up to three million fibers per inch.
Those fibers include both positively-charged polyester fibers and negatively-charged nylon fibers, which allows the microfiber to actually attract and pull dust, grease, grime, liquid, and bacteria off the surface you’re cleaning.
How Does It Work?
If you wanted to clean a large, dirty surface as thoroughly as you could, you’d probably use a toothbrush, right? But that would take forever. So you’d use a bigger brush with lots of bristles. Now imagine that whole scenario shrunk down.
If you’re cleaning tiny particles like dust and even bacteria off of a smooth surface like glass or stainless steel, the comparatively giant bristles of a brush are going to rumble right past them. You need the tiniest “bristles” you can find, and that’s what microfiber is.
The fibers in microfiber cloths are about three to five microns thick — thinner than a human hair, a pollen grain, and even smaller than large bacteria. Some microfiber clothes boast fibers as small as a third of a micron, smaller than almost all bacteria and the larger viruses. Those cloths can literally wipe the bacteria off a smooth surface.
Save Money — And The Environment
How much do you spend on paper towels and cleaning supplies? If you’re an average household, it’s around $200 a year on paper towels and roughly $600 a year on cleaning supplies, most of which isn’t reusable or washable.
And how much does a pack of microfiber towels cost? About ten bucks, and you can wash them up to 500 times. Even for the messiest households, that’s at least a year of uses for a fraction of the cost.
As an added bonus, you won’t have to buy and store glass cleaner, ammonia, bleach, and other potentially toxic chemicals in the house. Parents and pet owners alike know the worry of having cleaning supplies sitting around, but if your little one or furry friend gets hold of a microfiber towel, the worst that’ll happen is that you need a new towel.
A Better Clean
It’s easy to think of microfiber towels like paper towels, sponges, or washcloths. When you think of wiping a counter with a wet rag, you probably think of the dirty towels you see at bars and diners, which essentially just smear bacteria and dirty water around without actually cleaning much.
Microfiber is different, though. The tiny fibers can pick up even the most minuscule particles of dust and grime, and they’re strong enough to scrub off tenacious grease and dried spills. They can even lift off bacteria, giving you a surface clean enough to eat off without the antimicrobial chemicals in soaps and sprays.
Be Nice To Your Electronics
Your electronics are some of the dirtiest things you own — can you think of anything you handle on a day-to-day basis more than your phone or computer keyboard? Unfortunately, electronics really don’t like getting wet, and some of them have delicate finishes or coatings that react poorly to chemical cleaners.
Enter microfiber. The tiny fibers will thoroughly clean the smooth surfaces of your phone or laptop without needing harsh cleaners or liquids that might damage your electronics, and without leaving lint that can sneak into the little crevices in your devices and wreak havoc.