Microfiber Cloth

Let’s start with the basics and go over what microfiber is made of before jumping into how to use them for cleaning. Microfiber cleaning cloths are made with a synthetic fabric that is usually 50 percent polyester and 50 percent nylon. The two plastics are forced through a tiny pipe and weaved together using heat. Then, the fibers are split into microfibers that can be up to 20 times smaller than the original fiber and about 200 times thinner than a human hair. The split microfiber technology creates fibers that are so small they can remove microbes, spores, and other tiny pollutants from a range of surfaces without added chemicals or cleaners.

Microfiber cloths are more effective at removing dirt and germs than traditional cleaning cloths, and they are also more efficient. A single microfiber towel has a surface area four times as large as a comparably sized cotton cloth. It can therefore absorb seven times its weight in liquid—and because the fibers are positively charged, they attract dirt and grime like a magnet.

Microfiber fabric is also easy to clean, helps reduce the amount of chemicals and water used, and because the material dries quickly, it’s resistant to bacteria growth.

A Microfiber Cloth is the Ultimate Multi-Purpose Cleaning Tool

A microfiber towel is one of the most versatile tools in your housekeeping arsenal. What’s more, it may also be the easiest one to use. When you work with microfiber cleaning cloths, you only need to use one section at a time. Folding the cloth twice means you end up with eight sections for cleaning, dusting, and other chores.

Here are just some of the cleaning jobs a microfiber cloth can tackle around your home:


Microfiber cloths lift and trap significantly more dust and dirt than traditional cleaning cloths, making everyday dusting faster and easier. For dusting furniture and other surfaces, use a dry microfiber towel and follow up with a damp one to remove even more dust.

Cleaning Baseboards

Baseboards can take a beating and attract dirt and dust from above and below. A dry microfiber cleaning cloth removes dirt and dust quickly, and a damp cloth makes quick work of cleaning up scuffs and marks.

Kitchen Cleaning

You can use microfiber cloths to clean ceiling fans, countertops, cabinet doors, and appliances. Fold your cloth into sections and dampen one half to remove dirt, grease, and grime, then switch to a dry section for shining and polishing. Microfiber is even safe to use on stainless steel because it won’t scratch the finish.

Window Cleaning

For inside windows, wipe them with a damp microfiber cloth to get rid of smudges and dirt, then buff them to a shine with a dry one. To clean exterior windows, spray them down with a garden hose and follow the same steps as you did inside.

Cleaning Smartphones and Other Electronics

A dry microfiber cloth will get rid of grime and fingerprints on your phone, tablet, laptop, and other electronics without the risk of using water. For flat-screen TVs, desktop monitors, keyboards, and mice, use a dry cloth for daily dusting.

Polishing Jewelry and Silver

A damp microfiber towel will remove smudges and grime from jewelry without scratching, and a dry one is perfect for drying and polishing. You can even use a dry microfiber cloth to get dingy silverware looking shiny and new.

Cleaning a Car

When it’s time to wash your car, grab a pack of microfiber towels to get the job done right. Wash the exterior with a microfiber towel, soap, and water; use a dry one to dust the interior and clean the windows and windshield.

Microfiber Cloth Cleaning and Maintenance

Like your other cleaning tools, a microfiber cloth needs to be cleaned and maintained to keep it working like it should. Be sure to clean your cloths after every use and use different colored ones for specific chores. Hand washing is convenient and quick, but you can also throw them in the washer.

  • Since static charge that attracts dust will also attract lint, dirt, and hair from other laundry, wash and dry microfiber towels separately.
  • Wash really dirty microfiber cloths in hot water with regular detergent. You can get away with washing lightly soiled ones in cold water.
  • Don’t use fabric softener, dryer sheets, or bleach. The harsh chemicals in bleach and the oils in fabric softeners and dryer sheets can break down the fibers and make the cleaning cloths less effective.
  • Microfiber dries fast. Skip the dryer and let freshly washed clothes air dry.

So how long can you expect a microfiber towel to last? If you buy quality ones and keep them clean and well maintained, you should be able to get a couple of years of cleaning out of them. A recent study found that the cloths’ performance actually improved after 75 washes and leveled out at about 150 washes.

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