Microfiber, also known as man-made fibers, is a collective term for substances made from particularly thin threads of polyester, polyacrylic, or polyamide. The outstanding feature of the microfiber is the fine soft structure, but also its dimensional stability. In addition, microfibers do not form lint. The quick-drying of the tight-meshed fabric after washing is another advantage.
With microfiber cloths, both mechanical cleaning and dust-binding wiping is possible. Therefore, microfibre cloths are extremely effective in the home and are characterized by their high effectiveness.
Microfibre cloth for cleaning
The microfiber towel is attributed to properties such as the picking up of water-soluble as well as fatty dirt without the addition of a cleaning agent. Thanks to their nature and the environmentally friendly aspect, the clothes are often used in various cleaning areas, e.g. in commercial cleaning (building cleaning) in the industry in the dirt- and dust-free production of materials, or for private household cleaning, here for window cleaning, for dishwashing.
However, the cloths also have the high abrasion resistance and so there is a risk of damage in some applications such as cleaning thin plastic.
Further use of microfiber cloth
Microfiber products are used in every area of daily life. The range of products ranges from a cuddly soft bath towel to durable clothing.
Especially buyers of sportswear or functional clothing swear by microfiber swear fabrics and use the breathable properties of the microfiber. Thus, microfiber fabric scans of wind and water and lets sweat leak out of the fabric.
Microfibre also has advantages over cotton when it is used for bath towels and bed linen. Thus, the microfiber dries particularly quickly after washing, retains its shape and color, in contrast to cotton, which often ealleates, and usually does not need to be ironed.
Wash microfiber cloths
Since there are also large differences in microfibers, a lot should be taken into account when cleaning in the washing machine.
To maintain the function of the material, microfibers are washed at a low temperature. The addition of detergents should also be kept low and the use of softeners should be completely dispensed with. The risk of spoiling the softness of the material is relatively high, as softeners lie around the fibers like a film, thus ultimately preventing the permeability of water vapor.
Hang microfiber fabrics immediately after machine wash, as this ensures dimensional stability. A microfiber towel does not belong in the tumble dryer!
Notable advantages of microwave towels:
- They absorb dirt and dust to a high degree
- Microfiber cloths have very fine fibers. 10000m of fiber actually weighs less than 1 gram. They can, therefore, bind dirt very effectively and even the finest surfaces of various surfaces are excellently cleaned and freed from dirt.
- Microwave towels are space-saving and easy to stack.
- Microfiber cloths can be used to remove grease and water-soluble contaminants.
- Microfiber cloths are electrostatically charged during cleaning and attract dirt.
- Lint is not an issue with microfiber cloths.
- They dry quickly and can, therefore, be used again immediately.
- The popular towels are now even available as an outdoor microfiber towel, which is often used in sports because they hardly absorb any smells, dry quickly, and can be stowed in the smallest space.
Tips for using microfiber cloths:
- The effective microfiber cloths are fully usable, especially if they are soaked in water. Additional cleaning agents reduce the performance since the surface of the cloth then binds the cleaning agents to the surface and the electrostatic charge for cleaning is reduced.
- If the surface is smooth, such as glass, plastic, stainless steel or stone, slightly structured microfiber cloths are ideal. For coarser surfaces, more structured microfiber cloths can also be helpful, because they remove thicker dirt, such as limescale or soap stains.
Possible disadvantages of microfiber cloths:
- They cannot absorb large amounts of liquid/moisture.
- The surface of a microfiber cloth is quickly limited and can only absorb dirt for a short time. However, the dirt can only be washed out with a cleaning agent, which, however, quickly covers the surface and wets the fibers, or then limits the dirt absorption. Therefore, it has to be washed after some time of use in order to be fully “dirt-absorbing” again.
- Not every surface is suitable for microfiber cloths! There are clothes that have a fine surface, but there are also coarsely structured clothes that are unsuitable for fine surfaces! Unfortunately, this cannot be found out by feeling!
- Caution is advised with sensitive surfaces such as silver, copper, or other precious metals. Likewise with screens, glasses, and other “hydrophobic easy clean” coatings. Even waxed or even oiled surfaces are not very suitable for microfibers, because the cloth degreases and can attack the surface.
- Who would have thought? Microfiber has a degreasing effect — also on the skin! Gloves should, therefore, be worn when cleaning with microfiber cloths (especially for sensitive skin).