How to clean your microfiber clothsby Janine, Aug 2021
Microfiber cloths are one of the best tools in your cleaning arsenal. Effective and reuasble, these cloths can replace mounds of paper towels in your cleaning routine and get surfaces shining with less work. Whilst they’re not overly expensive, it doesn’t make economic sense (or environmental sense) to just keep buying more, when if you look after them, they can last for a long time!
Washing Your Microfibres: Washing Machine
First things first, when washing microfiber cloths, you should avoid harsh soap, fabric softener or detergent with any kind of laundry additives, including fragrances and fabric conditioners.
- Shake the microfibers outside to release any excess dirt – we recommend doing this straight into the bin, or even better, outside in the fresh air.
- You should set your washing machine to ‘cold or warm water’, not hot!
- Use a very small amount of detergent – no more than 2 teaspoons.
- If your microfibres have been working so hard that they smell a little, add in a spoonful of white vinegar
- Allow your machine to complete half the cycle, then pause and allow the cloths to soak for 15-20 minutes. Then resume the cycle.
- Then dry properly – see section on drying in this article!
Washing Your Microfibers: Handwash
Lightly dusty or dirty microfiber cloths can also be hand-washed.
- Step one of a machine wash also applies here – shake out the microfibers to detach any excess dirt.
- Fill a basin or bowl with warm or cold water.
- Add cloths and then scrub by hand.
- Leave to soak for 20 minutes, then scrub again by hand.
- Rinse the microfibers thoroughly under cold running water
- Wring out any excess water.
Dry Your Micofibers
For best results, we recommend air drying as opposed to using your machine. Microfibers will dry very quickly!
Either hang outdoors if possible, or if drying inside, hang somewhere that had good circulation.
Maintaining Your Microfibers
- Shake cloths out after each use to dislodge dirt; rinse thoroughly.
- Store microfiber cloths together, separate from other types of cleaning cloths or materials.
- When using microfiber cloths, avoid cleaning chemicals. Most microfiber works better with water only. If you do want to use chemicals, use very small amounts.
- Do not iron microfiber cloths; excessive heat can melt the fibers.
And that’s it!
Our super simple guide to keeping your microfibers clean and usable for many weeks and months to come.