Once you know microfiber cloths, you want to clean everything with them. They’ll tackle any surface without damaging them, and they’ll endure several washes. However, they need a little more care than ordinary rags.
How do you clean them the right way? We’ll tell you the dos and don’ts on how to clean microfiber cloths:
Shake the cloths
Before getting to the cleaning part, you should always give your microfiber cloths a little shake. Shaking the microfiber helps because loose dirt will easily fall off, making the cleaning easier. Do this over the trash can, so you don’t make a mess.
Don’t round them up with other rags
Microfiber cloths are made of synthetic fibers and not the same materials as a conventional rag. For this reason, taking care of them is also completely different.
Microfibers work like tiny magnets, attracting dust and dirt to the cloth. The problem with mixing these cloths with other rags or your laundry is that, during the washing cycle, lint and dirt from the other fabrics can also stick to the microfibers!
Use warm water
Some things are better washed with warm water, and microfiber cloths are no exception. Using cold water won’t help you loosen up the dirt or remove stains.
Microfibers are heat resistant to a degree, so rest assured a little bit of water that isn’t very hot will take care of cleaning when it needs minimal effort.
Don’t use bleach
If you’re accustomed to using bleach when washing clothes, pay attention to this tip. DO NOT use bleach on microfiber cloths. The same applies to fabric softeners.
As mentioned before, microfiber has static properties, and these chemicals will damage or clog the fibers and ruin your cloths altogether.
Use just a little bit of detergent
It takes little effort to machine-wash your microfiber cloths—and resources too. In fact, when washing microfiber cloths, less is more! Use as little detergent as possible, or it might leave residue on the cloths and the fibers saturated with detergent.
Use half the detergent you would use on your laundry as the rule of thumb!
Don’t dry cloths in a hot setting
As said before, microfiber cloths are heat resistant to a minimal degree. Warm water will do the trick to clean them fast. However, if you need to dry them on the machine, be sure to use the low-heat setting.
High temperatures can damage the fibers and reduce the cleaning capabilities of your microfiber cloth.
Rewash cloths if you made a mistake
Did you use too much detergent? Or ended up adding a softener? It may not be too late! Hand wash your microfiber cloth with hot water and scrub it with a soft brush to fix that mistake. If it happened once, there’s no permanent damage.
Microfiber cloths dry quickly. One cycle is enough for it to be ready to use once more. The fibers won’t gather mold anyway, and you’ll be avoiding wasting resources for the rest of your clothes.
Now you know how to take advantage of the ever-flexible microfiber cloths… and how to avoid ruining them. Now, it’s time to clean!
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