Microfibre cloths have been wiping down surfaces and dusting furniture in your homes for some time now. This is because Microfibre works. Microfibre cloths are more effective, hygienic and environmentally friendly than your run-of-the-mill household cloth or rag.
Microfibre cleaning cloths don’t require those strong, toxic chemicals to clean. With millions of fibres, Microfibre cloths take hold of grease, liquids, dirt and bacteria, using a blend of fibres designed to lift them. In fact, a remarkable 99 percent of bacteria can be removed using one.
The technology has long been appreciated by automotive enthusiasts for car cleaning, and that is down to their absorption capabilities. Likewise, microfibre towels have been popular among campers. But the cloths are the latest and perhaps greatest advancement in microfibre technology.
With millions of fibres in a high-quality microfibre cloth, it will attract the dirt that a regular cloth will miss. Often the stuff we cannot see, only a microscope really can. And that ‘stuff’ can be the most dangerous. But how do you force the Venus Fly Trap of cloths to let go of its prey? In other words, how do you clean the microfibre cloth?
Hand Washing a Microfibre Cloth
In line with the use of the eco-friendly product, cleaning a micro cloth can be just as eco-friendly. With both negative and positive fibres, the microfibres essentially become magnets and stick to everything. Water is great, there is precious little it doesn’t take with it. But it too has its limits and you will likely need to draft in a soap or detergent to break up the serious stuff, the hard dirt and the grease. For a routine clean, soak your microfibre cloth in warm soapy water, ruffle it with your hands and then rinse and air-dry.
While it is better practice to wash a microfibre cloth by hand, it can save time and effort if you throw it in a wash with other household materials. Make sure that the items are compatible and it is advised to keep the microfibre cloth away from linting materials such as cotton and wash the cloth instead with more synthetic materials. Machine washing your cloth can also reduce its lifetime. It is best to air-dry but a low heat setting on a tumble dryer shouldn’t pose such a problem, except regarding longevity.
What not to use
There were a few advisories above but there are certain things that can dramatically reduce the performance of your microfibre cloth. Fabric softener or laundry detergent can mess with the fibres and clog the fibres of the fabric- avoid at all costs. Bleach is perhaps obviously a no go, any detergent should be free of alkaline and be used sparingly.
Ultimately, caring for microfibre cloths can be fairly straightforward but knowing how to wash a microfibre cloth means that you can wash yours in a hygienic and effective way. Water and soap or a specially designed microfibre wash solution is best practice. Found this great cleaning tip useful? Get more useful trick and hacks over in our blog! Or better still, view our premier cleaning products and raise your cleaning standards at home or in the office.