What is Microfiber?
Why is Microfiber Recommended for Detailing Your Car?
Microfiber is a synthetic material made from polyester and polyamide. Polyester creates the bonding and the structure of the microfiber, while polyamide lends its density and absorbency because of its synthetic composition.
With microfiber, dirt sticks to the fibers. But how?
Microfiber develops an electrostatic charge, both positive and negative, which attracts dust, pollen, and debris and makes cleaning your vehicle much easier compared to a cotton towel which is a neutral fiber, therefore, has no static charge.
Under a microscope, the cross-section of a microfiber thread looks like an asterisk. The asterisk microfiber shape allows dust and debris to trap inside the fibers, removing them from your cleaning surface.
The microscopic threads create an electromagnetic attraction that becomes powerful when multiplied across millions of fibers.
The dirt trapped in a microfiber cloth gets released when the cloth is rinsed under warm water, which relaxes the fibers.
Microfiber also removes 99.9% of the surface bacteria. So, once again, a thumbs up for microfiber.
But remember to regularly wash your microfiber cloth so it can remove bacteria efficiently.
What about cotton?
It harbors odors and bacteria. Cotton only pushes around the surface contaminants resulting in a streaky finish, not to mention the potential for marring and scratches. Bacteria are left behind because cotton is organic rather than synthetic materials.
Cotton also dries slower and leaves lint behind, which is a drag when cleaning.
What are the Benefits of Microfiber?
Microfiber is lint-free, ideal for cleaning glass and mirrors and detailing your car.
Microfiber cloths aren’t static-free, so don’t use them inside any electronic devices.
One of the many benefits of using a microfiber towel is that it doesn’t require much water to do its job.
How to Clean Microfiber
To wash microfiber, we recommend using Gentle Touch, specially formulated for washing microfiber cloths, towels, pads, etc. Gentle Touch formula prolongs the life of your microfiber towels while removing dirt, grease, oils, and chemicals.
With proper care, your microfiber cloth or towel will remain effective through upwards of 500 washes — and will stay soft and look new for years.
Never wash microfiber with linting fabrics. Lint may reduce its effectiveness — plus, it’s hard to remove lint once attached to other materials.
Can You Put Microfiber in The Washing Machine?
Only wash them in warm water. Hot water (140 degrees or higher) may damage the fibers and make them less effective.
Use a mild laundry detergent such as Gentle Touch because harsh detergents, synthetic fragrances, and dyes damage the fibers and leave behind residues that reduce the effectiveness of the cloth.
Never use chlorine bleach, fabric softeners, or harsh laundry detergents.
Can You Dry Microfiber Towels in The Dryer?
Tumble dry on a low-heat setting — Never on high heat, or you’ll damage the fibers. Better yet, hang them in the sun to dry.
Don’t dry microfiber towels or cloths with lint-producing fabrics.
Use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets to control static and maintain the microfiber softness.
So, when it comes to performing a perfect finish, microfiber products are the only way to go for quality and value as microfiber has a longer cleaning life than cotton — and a much longer lifespan in general since it’s made from plastics.
The beauty of microfiber is that it won’t scratch glass or delicate surfaces and doesn’t leave lint or streaks behind.
Microfiber is incredibly versatile and usable in all areas of the detailing process. They possess outstanding features in a towel: lint-free, absorbent, and durable.
So, when it comes to detailing your vehicle like a pro, microfiber cloths, towels, and pads are the safest and recommended choice.
If you have questions about microfiber towels or our Gentle Touch laundry detergent, then give us a call at: 1-800-511-4004. Or drop us an email at: Sales@ceramicgarage.com. You can also use the contact form on this website.
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