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All About Microfiber

What is Microfiber?

Microfiber is a synthetic yarn in which each of its fibers is approximately 1/20th the diameter of a strand of silk, 100 times finer than a human hair.  Microfiber is made from a blend of polyester (the scrubbing and clinging material), and polyamide (a nylon by-product, the absorbent and quick-drying material).  These materials are split then combined during the manufacturing process, creating a fiber with significantly increased surface area.  The increased surface area along with the structure of the combined fibers gives microfiber its special cleaning abilities.

How does microfiber work?

Imagine a microscopic plastic wire that cuts through and breaks apart dust, dirt, grime and moisture, and then picks it up like a magnet (unlike traditional cotton cloths that just push dirt and moisture around) without scratching the surface.  Microfiber is capable of absorbing up to seven times its own weight in moisture and can be used safely on any surface, and because less moisture is left on the surface during cleaning, the growth of bacteria is greatly inhibited, making microfiber a healthier and more sanitary option for cleaning.

How should a Microfiber cloth or mop head be used?

Microfiber can be used either damp or dry, and either with the use of plain water or with a mild dilluted all-purpose cleaning product depending on your cleaning needs.  When using damp, get the towel or mop head wet with water, wring it out, and it is ready to use.  If it leaves streaks during cleaning, it is either too wet, or it is dirty and needs to be laundered.  For dry use, just simply wipe.  Watch the dirt, dust, grime and moisture disappear with your microfiber cleaning tool!

How should Microfiber cloths and mop heads be laundered?

For best results, wash prior to use.  Machine wash with warm soapy water (ideally an eco-safe laundry detergent and rinse well.  For especially dirty cloths and mop heads, it may be necessary to launder twice (once with detergent, and once without detergent) in order to remove all dirt.  Microfiber products can be washed in a washer and dryer, however do NOT use bleach or any type of fabric softeners.  Fabric softeners clog the microfibers, making the cloths and mop heads less effective.  Do NOT iron.