How to Clean Microfiber Cloths

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How to Clean Microfiber Cloths

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Microfiber cloths are probably some of the best cleaning tools available. They are woven from fine polyester fibers about one-fifth the thickness of human hair, but they are surprisingly strong and long-lasting. The properties of the microfibers allow them to pick up small particles that elude cotton rags.

The fibers are electrostatic so they attract and hold dust, offer gentle abrasive action, and are lint-free. But to keep a microfiber cloth at its best, you should learn how to clean it the right way to keep it absorbent, soft, and free of trapped debris.

Read on to learn the right technique to wash and dry microfiber towels and cloths successfully either by hand or using a machine.

How Often to Clean a Microfiber Cloth

Microfiber cleaning cloths, dusters, and mop heads should be washed after every use to get rid of the trapped dirt and grit. Disinfecting microfiber towels is important to prevent the growth and spread of bacteria, virus, and other harmful microorganisms. Microfiber towels are often used for cleaning surfaces, and they can harbor germs if not properly cleaned and disinfected.

Also removing the dirt will prevent scratching on surfaces when you use them the next time. Microfiber dish towels can be used up to three times to dry dishes before washing. Cloths used for dishwashing should be rinsed well after every use, hung to dry, and washed or replaced at least every other day.

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Washing microfiber towels properly is essential to maintain their effectiveness and longevity. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to wash microfiber towels:

Cleaning Microfiber Towels in the Washing Machine

It’s always best to wash microfiber cloths separately, but if you need to run a mixed load make sure it’s only with other non-linting synthetic materials.

✨ Sort your microfiber cleaning cloths separately. Because they attract hair, grime, dirt, dust, and lint, you don’t want them mingling with other items or transferring dirt and dust to the rest of your laundry.
✨ Wash heavily soiled dirty microfiber in warm water in the washing machine. Lightly soiled cloths can be washed in cold water. Wash microfiber cloths in a delicate washer setting.
✨ Use half the typical amount of a fragrance free, additive-free detergent to keep your microfiber cloth functioning effectively. This will prevent soap buildup that can reduce the cloth’s cleaning ability. Run a full wash cycle.

Washing Microfiber Cloths By Hand

Hand washing is often the most straightforward cleaning method, and with microfiber cloths all you need is water!

✨ Fill your sink with warm water and one to two teaspoons of a fragrance-free, additive-free laundry detergent.
✨ Add your microfiber cloths only and soak for a few minutes to absorb the water and detergent.
✨ Use your hands to agitate the water and release the dirt from the towels. Rub the fibers together to tackle any tough stains.
✨ Rinse your towels thoroughly under a stream of clean water. Squeeze out any remaining water before air drying.

How to Dry Microfiber Cloths & Towels

Microfiber cloths will air dry quickly, and avoiding the dryer will help them last longer. Air-dry them on a flat surface, hang them on a drying rack, or line dry.

Extra Tips for Cleaning Microfiber Cloths

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✨ Do not use a fabric softener or dryer sheet when cleaning microfiber.
✨ If your cloths feel stiff and less absorbent from trapped soil and detergent residue, mix a solution of two quarts of water and one cup of distilled white vinegar in a sink or plastic tub. Submerge the cloths and allow them to soak overnight. Rinse well and hang to air dry.
✨ Do not wash microfiber with lint-shedding fabrics. If this happens, use a lint roller or sticky tape to remove the lint from the microfiber.
✨ Do not dry on high heat.


What is the best way to clean microfiber cloths?

Shake the microfiber cloths outdoors or into a trash can to release excess dirt. Machine wash a load of microfiber cloths in cold or warm water. You don’t need a lot of cleaning products to clean it. For detergent, choose a gentle detergent with no scent or laundry additives. If the microfiber towels have an odor that needs to be eliminated, add a tablespoon of white vinegar to the load.

How do I remove lint from a microfiber cloth?

Newly cleaned microfiber cloths sometimes attract lint. This can be removed by vacuuming, or by using a sticky lint roller or masking tape.

Can I use Dawn to clean a microfiber cloth?

If you are machine-washing your microfiber towels, don`t use Dawn! It will ruin your washing machine. Run a complete cycle and then do an extra rinse. Throw into dryer at medium heat

How can I make my microfiber towels soft again?

To make your microfiber towels soft again, add 1 cup of vinegar to your washing machine, and then run a short cycle. Then, run another short cycle using 1 cup of baking soda. No need to use fabric softeners. Fabric conditioners often contain substances that can leave a residue on the microfiber’s surface that makes them less effective and absorbent.

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