Clean Like the Pros: Microfiber Cloth Care
Updated: Mar 17, 2021
Welcome to our blog series, Clean Like the Pros! We're going to share some of our best tips for how to keep your home totally clean between visits.
Pro Cleaning Tip #1: Microfiber Cloth Care
Do your microfiber cloths, towels and mops eventually get filled with little balls of lint and pet hair? Do they lose their softness and absorption? Once you learn how to properly care for and clean your microfibers, you’ll protect the effectiveness and longevity of your microfiber cloths forever.
How to wash & dry microfiber cloths:
WARM WATER & MILD DETERGENT. Hand or machine wash in warm or hot water with a mild detergent (not soap). The warm/hot water causes the microfibers to expand, helping them to release dirt and other trapped microparticles. The gentle detergent doesn’t damage the fibers like harsher chemicals do.
WASH SEPARATELY. Ideally, wash microfiber cloths only with other microfiber cloths. Don’t wash microfiber cloths with terry or cotton towels. The cotton fibers shed lint, which tangle up within the microfibers.
NO BLEACH. Don’t use chlorine bleach. It’s harsh chemicals damage the microfibers and shorten the lifespan of the microfiber.
NO FABRIC SOFTENERS. Don’t use liquid fabric softener or dryer sheets. Fabric softener clogs up the microfibers and makes them less effective in absorption and dirt/particle removal.
WASH AFTER EVERY USE. Because microfibers attract and hold in 99% of surface bacteria and other microparticles of soil and grime, they need to be washed after each use, to avoid cross contamination.
PREWASH for best performance or if the job was extra dirty.
LOW HEAT. Air dry or tumble dry on low heat. Microfibers can actually melt at high temperatures.