More and more businesses are using microfiber cloths and towels in their everyday cleaning.
Everything from car washes and janitorial services rely on microfiber to provide a powerful, time-efficient clean (Fox News recently touched on how microfiber cloths are a ‘hack’ at some of America’s top hotels).
However, it is essential to take proper care of your microfiber towels and cloths to get the most powerful, consistent, long-lasting performance from them.
Laundering your microfiber products is simple, but there are certain rules to follow for best results. Microfiber can be damaged heavily when using the wrong products or settings on your washing machines – especially bleach.
Why is Bleach So Bad for Microfiber Towels and Cloths?
Laundering your microfiber towels and cloths with bleach may seem like the most logical option at first. After all, you use them to clean up all kinds of dirt, grime, and spillages.
When car washing businesses remove mud from vehicles and janitors tend to hygiene in hospitals and clinics, their towels and cloths will come into direct contact with filth. Surely nothing will clean them as effectively as bleach?
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.
What Should You Use Instead of Bleach?
Cleaning your microfiber cloths and towels is fairly simple. First and foremost, you don’t need to use fabric softener: like bleach, this can ruin microfiber in the long run.
Avoid vinegar, too. Some of you may prefer to use this when laundering, but its acidity will cause the fibers to wear away.
You can use a moderate amount of laundry or dish detergent to remove stains before laundering your microfiber cloths or towels. Rub it into both sides of the material with your fingers and leave it to work its magic for around five minutes, before putting them in to wash.
Microfiber cloths and towels should be laundered in cold water, as hot water will damage the fibers. Use a non-bleaching detergent, and only wash microfiber products together. Putting them into the machine with other fabrics, especially those that create lint, will lead the fibers to become clogged (due to their incredible adhesive qualities).
You should try to air-dry your microfiber cloths and towels, if time allows. Hang them outside or near a window for a quicker dry, but if you need to have them ready for use in a hurry, tumble dry them on a low-heat setting.
Avoid ironing your microfiber cleaning materials, too, as you could cause serious damage to the fibers. To minimize the risk of stubborn stains, never use your microfiber cloths and towels to clean up oils, polish, or grease. These cannot be removed.
Texas Microfiber stocks a wide, diverse variety of microfiber cloths and towels, giving you the power of a more effective clean – on all surfaces. To learn more about our products, or for some expert advice on laundering them properly, please don’t hesitate to give us a call!