Microfibre Cleaning Products: What Are They and How Do I Use Them?
Microfibre products are made up of millions of very fine synthetic fibres, including positive-charged polyester fibres and negative-charged nylon fibres. This means that these fibres are working to attract and lift dirt, grime, grease and bacteria from the surface that you are cleaning.
The friction created between the fibres generates static electricity and magnetically attracts tiny dirt, dust and bacteria particles.
Both the structure of the fibres themselves, and the volume of fibres, means that they are able to tackle a great deal of dust and dirt. In fact, these microscopic gaps in between the fibres means that microfibre is incredibly absorbent, so much so that it can absorb up to six times its own weight in water.
Typical cloths, on the other hand, make use of big fibres, such as those found in cotton or nylon. This means that these fibres are bigger and, subsequently, are less able to hone in on fine pieces of dirt or dust. As such, they only clean the very top of a surface.
What Are the Benefits of Cleaning with Microfibre?
No cleaning method or item is totally effective alone. Each comes with its own benefits and pitfalls, but when it comes to microfibre cleaning products there are various advantages to consider:
Effective – One of the key benefits of microfibre is its effectiveness. It is known for outperforming other traditionally-used cloths. Its ability to remove dust and grime is second-to-one thanks to its small fibres and magnetic properties. Additionally, it can access hard-to-reach areas and leave surfaces with a high shine.
Reusable – Microfibre cloths are less wasteful than paper towels as they can be washed and reused over and over again. This means that they are also a big money saver in the long run. Buying a decent set of microfibre cloths which you can wash and reuse multiple times, will work out to be far more cost-effective than frequently buying rolls of paper towels.
Versatile – Microfibre’s versatility makes it a must-have for any home. The fabric is perfect for polishing, dusting, wiping down counters and, unlike other cleaning products, they can be used across multiple surfaces and materials. You can use the cloths when wet or dry to fulfil your different cleaning needs.
What Can You Use Microfibre Cleaning Products For?
Microfibre cloths are known for their versatility, making them suitable for pretty much any surface.
Here we share some of the most common uses for microfibre products and where they are typically most effective:
- Removing smears and smudges on stainless steel
- Accessing hard to reach areas around cabinet doors to clean dust
- Safely removing dirt and grime from granite and marble surfaces
- Wiping down chrome fixtures and leaving them with a high shine
- Removing streaks and smudges from windows and mirrors
- Wiping down showers and bathtubs to keep them clean
- Effectively removing dust and dirt from surfaces
How Do I Clean Microfibre Products?
In order for maximum efficacy for your microfibre products, it is important to keep them clean between uses. Luckily, it is very easy to clean them.
After each use, you can thoroughly rinse your microfibre cloths with clean water. This will prevent the build-up of residue between the fibres.
Additionally, you should be washing your microfibre cloths at least once a week, depending on usage. Before washing, the cloths should be shaken outdoors or into a rubbish bin to release any excess dirt.
Then, they should be washed in warm or hot water with a mild detergent, without the use of fabric softener or bleach as these can coat the cloth’s fibres and make them less effective.
To dry the microfibre, air drying is recommended. Before doing this, you need to first shake out the cloths and then hang them either outdoors in direct sunlight or indoors somewhere with good air circulation.
It is possible to tumble dry microfibre but this should be done on a low heat, without any dryer balls or sheets and always after cleaning out the dryer lint trap.