What's So Special About Microfiber?
We’re all familiar with the classic and humble cloth. Used throughout the history of civilization to clean away those eternal smudges; it’s always been around. A multitude of fabrics and materials have been used to fulfill the role of the cloth, and they all have the ability to clean in one way or another, whether it be by absorbency or grinding the stain into oblivion.
How could there then be anyone standout cloth? A cloth that’s a cut above the rest, that embodies the adage of ‘Many hands make light work.’
The microfiber cloth is your answer. A bastion of carefully concocted science and practicality, the microfiber cloth is special cloth beyond measure.
What is Microfiber?
Using what appears to be magic, the cloth can completely clear a dusty or dirty surface in a matter of seconds without any help from cleaning agents or even water. Microfiber cloths are made from either nylon or polyester fibers.
Both of these fabrics just so happen to be made up of uniformly charged compounds. Nylon being negatively charged, and polyester being positively charged.
As the name suggests, these cloths have more available fibers than a traditional cotton cloth. These fabrics are weaved together in a way that allows maximum fiber to surface contact. On average, a microfiber cloth contains up to 31 million fibers per inch more than an average cloth.
Not only do the charges of these fibers attract and break apart stains on a molecular level, they also trap the dirt particles in their neat little crevices. The design process creates a super soft, yet absorbent and durable, cleaning product that lifts dirt and germs away from the surface it is cleaning.
Microfiber Superiority with Bacteria
Unlike cotton cleaning cloths, which actually just push the germs and dirt around while absorbing the cleaning solution. This is where the microfiber cloth excels over traditional cotton rags.
The microfiber cloth's ability to reduce bacteria by picking up more on surfaces than the average cotton cloth. Some studies say the microfiber can pick up 99% of surface bacteria compared to cotton which only picked up 30%.
Caring for Microfiber
The whole thing sounds very intricate, you might think “perhaps it’s best to stick to the lasting cloth that needs next to no upkeep whatsoever.” It may come as a surprise to you to learn that the microfiber needs even less maintenance than your average cloth.
It is recommended that you avoid using detergents or bleach to wash these multi fiber cloths as it weakens the fibers' ability to hold onto the dirt particles. In fact, it is recommended that the microfiber cloth only be cleaned using warm or hot water with a mild hand soap or dish soap after use. Avoid any fabric softeners as well.
Do not dry your microfiber cloth in the dryer with other fabrics. It will act as a magnet to all the lint and fibers of the other clothes or rags. It's better to use a low setting or let air dry after washing.
How To Use Microfiber
If you want to get the most of out your microfiber cloth, you have got to know all about the most effective method of usage. The ‘fold as you go’ method is suggested that you start by folding the cloth in two and wipe until essentially maximizing surface to clean fiber contact.
Upon saturating these fibers with dirt or dust, you then fold the cloth again, exposing a completely clean side of the cloth. The idea is to continue folding until you have cleaned a surface with eight sides of the cloth.
If you do use a cleaning chemical, less is more as the cloth with absorb the cleaning agent and allow you to use less over the same surface. Or you can dampen the cloth with water; just be sure to wring it out well.
Cleaning Multiple Surfaces with Microfiber
A spectacular aspect of the microfiber cloth is just how many types of surfaces this ‘fold as you go’ method can be used on.
Struggling to remove those notoriously tough smudges from your chrome ornaments or stainless steel surfaces? The microfiber can wipe these smudges away with ease, leaving your chrome and stainless steel shining nicely and looking good as new.
The same stands for mirrors and glass, no need to leave streaks or smudges behind by using water or a cleaning agent. You’ll simply need to skim your cloth over the smooth service to remove the surface dust and apply slight pressure in order to banish those tougher stains.
The microfiber cloth really can be used on everything, coming in a mop form that can be used to clean any tiles or linoleum in your house. Forget about just moving the dirt around or spreading it out with typical mops, this high-strength, high fiber microfiber mop cover will completely clear your floors of dirt.
Cleaning your floors will be a whole new, less tedious chore with these lightweight, moisture-free cloths. No dust bunny or pesky crumb will be able to escape!
Microfiber in the Bathroom and Kitchen
Be sure to keep a microfiber cloth in your bathroom or around any generally wet surfaces where scum and grime can build up. A quick wipe of a microfiber cloth can save you from the impossible task that is removing compound dirt and mold.
Having a microfiber cloth nearby after a shower or while washing dishes is a smart move. Sinks, tubs, sinks and the likes can all be kept sanitary and fresh. When cleaning counter tops it is, however, recommended that you slightly dampen the cloth, just to ensure that the surface where you prepare your food is completely free of any potential contaminants.
And last but not least, you can soak up those spills and wet messes. The microfibers of the cloth make for a soft and smooth feel.
Fears of permanently damaging or staining the cloth would arise in even the most weathered cleaners mind. Such a disaster is not the case though! The microfibers take any wet mess in their stride, completely absorbing it and then releasing it upon washing as though they’d never done anything at all.
Throw Away the Cotton Rags and Only use Microfiber
These scientifically crafted cloths will outlast any other and they’ll do the job even better.
Make sure to pick up exactly what strength of cloth you need. There is a wider variety of clothes that vary in their fiber content and also according to what surface they are best suited for.
Make your life easier! Don’t break a sweat while cleaning and let these nifty little cloths to the job for you!