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How to: Clean Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cleaning cloths are effective and reusable, oftentimes replacing paper towels in your cleaning routine. Learning how to properly care for microfiber cloths can help to ensure they continue to work well over time.

Washing & Drying Microfiber Cloths

When washing microfiber cloths you should avoid using harsh soaps, fabric softeners, and laundry soap with fragrance as it can coat the fibers of the cloth, making them less effective. Microfiber cloths can be machine-washed or hand-washed, here's how to do so.

Machine-Washing & Drying

  • Start by shaking the microfiber cloth out to eliminate any loose dirt and debris on the surface

  • Using warm water add your microfiber cloths into the washing machine

  • Add a very small amount of a gentle laundry detergent with no scent or laundry additives

  • You can add a tablespoon of white vinegar into your washing machine to eliminate any undesirable odors

  • Allow the washing machine to complete the agitation cycle and then halfway through stop the machine for 15-20 minutes allowing the microfibers to soak (You can also soak your microfibers in the sink before throwing them in the washing machine)

  • Resume the wash cycle to completion

  • When drying microfibers do not add dryer balls or dryer sheets

  • Set the dryer to low heat or air-dry cycle

Most importantly, do not wash microfiber cleaning cloths with any other type of fabrics. The lint left behind from other clothing can stick to the microfibers and prevent them from working properly.

Hand-Washing & Drying

  • Begin by shaking out the cloths to eliminate any loose dirt or debris

  • Run a basin of warm water

  • Add the cloths in and begin to mix them around with your hands agitating the material

  • Hand-scrub any heavily soiled areas

  • Soak the microfiber cloths for 15-20 minutes, then agitate again

  • Soak the towels thoroughly under warm water

  • Wring out excess water and hang to dry

Tip: Unscented detergent may contain additives that are used to cover the scents of the soap ingredients. Opt for a fragrance-free detergent to ensure proper care of your microfiber cloths.

Maintaining Microfiber Cloths

  • Store microfiber cloths together away from cotton materials that could leave behind lint

  • Do not iron microfiber cloths as excessive heat can melt the fibers

  • When using microfiber cloths avoid using cleaning chemicals (these types of cloths tend to work better with water only)

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