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.
Unfortunately, that same texture makes them harder to clean since the fibers grab onto dirt and other messes. While it's tempting to think you can treat them like regular fabric, improper washing will wear away the split bristles and ruin their scrubbing power.
Do not use fabric softener – it coats the fibers and ruins its effectiveness, but it's safe to add a 1/4 cup of white vinegar if you'd like. Dry in the dryer on low to medium. Drying the microfiber in the dryer will kill any germs that might remain after washing them.
A: We do not recommend using dish soap on your microfiber towels. Even the free and clear products have fragrances and other chemicals in them that could harm or hinder the microfiber and what it's intended to do.
Use a dedicated microfiber detergent like Microfiber Revitalizer or a dye free/perfume free liquid laundry soap - no powders or granulated. Set washer to a warm water setting. Some heat is required to break down waxes and polishes. Cold settings will not clean towels as effectively.
OxiClean can be used on most of your laundry including microfiber cloths and towels. It should not be used on delicate items such as wool and silk. For that, you will need a more gentle method such as soap flakes or a non-biological detergent.
Use a soft bristle brush to remove lint, hair, and debris. Use masking tape by rolling a small piece into a ball and rolling it over your microfiber towel. Soak them in a bucket of soap and water to loosen up the debris. Then hand wash them.
Microfiber towels that are used for cleaning should be washed after every use. Microfiber cloths used for cleaning electronics and eyeglasses should be washed every three to five uses.
According to Microfiber Wholesale, an average microfiber cloth can last up to 5 years if washed 25 times per year. Ultimately, the longevity of your microfiber cloths depends on several factors like how often you use them, what you use them for, and how well you take care of them.
Re: Microfiber towels leave fine “fibers” behind
if you got a few years of service out of your microfiber towels you got your money's worth (they don't last forever). if you have already laundered them (a few times) and they still lint, it's time to retire them and delegate them elsewhere (engine, house, etc.)
Actually, bleach is known to deteriorate microfiber, eroding the fibers and ultimately destroying their high-performance adhesive qualities. They won't provide the powerful clean they should, and will wear out far faster, ultimately forcing you to invest in replacements before you would have to otherwise.
Although the tight weave of microfiber helps it resist staining, you might wish to brighten white microfiber sheets from time to time. Microfiber manufacturers do not recommend using chlorine bleach as it breaks down polyester and polyamide. Instead, use gentler, greener alternatives to whiten microfiber.
Soak the cleaning rags for 15 minutes. The boiling water will “kill any mold, mildew, bacteria and germs that may be on the cloths.” After boiling, you can wash and dry as you normally would—yes, that means with other garments that aren't considered washing rags.
Wash in warm or hot water with mild detergent. No fabric softeners – they clog the open spaces in the microfiber, making the fabric useless. Be careful what you wash with your microfiber. Avoid anything made with cotton because the microfiber will grab on to the lint.
Choose the Water Temperature
Wash heavily soiled cleaning cloths in warm water in the washing machine or basin. Lightly soiled cloths can be washed in cold water, or even on your machine's gentle cycle.
Use gentle detergents. You can apply a moderate amount of dish detergent or a mild laundry detergent to stains on your microfiber sheets before you put them in the washing machine. Make sure it's a non-bleaching detergent. Rub detergent into both sides of the material with your fingers.
So far, it's going well generally, but I've noticed that microfiber cloth seems to leave residue on glass—little particles that almost sparkle in the light. So weird and annoying. Cotton cloth picks up the residue and produces noticeably better results.
For everyday use, microfiber cloths are hard to beat as lint free rags. They are durable and pick up lint like a magnet. The next step up are the super low lint critical cleaning wipers and finally the best of the best, ISO rated Cleanroom wipers.
When cared for properly, your microfiber cloths can be washed and re-used up to 500 times or more.
Drying your microfiber cloths on high heat will melt the fibers, making them ineffective the next time you try to trap and lock dirt and dust when you're cleaning. Since they also pick up lint, they'll become dirtier in the dryer by collecting lint left behind from a previous wash.
Microfiber cloths are available in two forms — reusable or disposable — and each has its own set of pros and cons. Most common are reusable cloths, which must be laundered after every use. When handled correctly, these cloths can last 100 to 1,000 washings.
Why should you not put microfiber cloths in the dryer? Drying your microfiber cloths on high heat will cause the fibers on the cloth to melt, making them ineffective the next time you try to trap and lock dirt and dust when you're cleaning.
Even water can leave unsightly spots on microfiber upholstery! But a spritz of Windex can work wonders. Simply spray the surface lightly—careful not to soak the fibers—then brush very gently with a soft-bristled scrub brush, working in the same direction. Tough stains might require a second application.