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How To Clean Microfiber Cloth

Microfiber cloths are amazing multi-purpose housekeeping tools that are especially handy for dusting and removing grime. However, even these cleaners have to be cleaned at some time. After all, if you never wash your microfiber cloth, you’re just smearing dirt and gunk all over your home and its surfaces.

So what do you do when the washer needs a good washing? Learn how to clean microfiber cloths so that they can do their job properly and last longer.

There are a couple of different methods you can use for microfiber cloth cleaning.

1. The washing machine:

Clean your cloths in the washer using warm water and a gentle liquid detergent. Afterwards, place the cloths in the dryer on low heat with no dryer sheet. Check back in a few minutes as it takes very little time for microfiber to dry.

There are a few rules of thumb you should follow if you use the washing machine to clean your cloths. For starters, you should never use powdered detergents, fabric softener or bleach for microfiber cloth cleaning, nor should you wash your cloths in hot water. You should also never clean microfiber with cotton, as even the most miniscule lint particles can clog the fibers of your cloth, rendering it useless.

2. The dishwasher:

That’s right. You can wash your microfiber cloth along with your dinner dishes. For the best results, lay your cloth flat on the top rack of the dishwasher. Once the cleaning cycle has run its course, hang your microfiber over your kitchen faucet until it’s dry.

3. The microwave:

Microfiber cloth cleaning can take place in the microwave as long as your cloth isn’t heavily soiled. Simply dampen your cloth and microwave it for 60 seconds. Let the cloth cool before removing it. Once the cloth is dry, it’s ready to clean again.

How to Remove Debris from Microfiber Towels

The first step to take when your microfiber cloths become dirty is to wash them. Occasionally, however, you may find debris still clings to your towel after you’ve washed it. Or, perhaps your cloth was washed recently and just has some items stuck to it. If this is your situation, there’s a few tricks you can try to free up bits and pieces that won’t come off easily.

  • Use a Lint Roller: This can capture hair, plant material, dirt, and of course lint.
  • Groom with a Brush or Comb: Lay your microfiber cloth on a flat surface. Comb the fibers in different directions to loosen up the debris. You may want to try a lice comb if you have one.
  • Pick Out Debris with Tweezers: This can be a little bit painstaking if you have a lot of debris, but it may be your best bet if you just need to pull out a few pieces that are stuck
  • Try Masking Tape: You can apply it flat or arrange it in a ball to roll all over the surface.
  • Vacuum Hose Pieces: Normally, this is not the best method because your vacuum hose will try to suck the whole cloth up. But if you can keep the cloth flat and weighted down, this can work

How Long Do Microfiber Cloths Last?

One of the benefits of cleaning with microfiber is that it lasts a long time. Many microfiber cloths can take up to 500 washings. That’s up to two years in a typical household.

Unfortunately, they don’t last forever; at some point, microfiber cloth cleaning won’t have the same revitalizing effect it once did. You’ll know it’s time to bid your current cloth adieu when it’s no longer cleaning or picking up dust like it once did.

That’s microfiber cloth cleaning in a nutshell. As you can see, there’s not much to it. So make sure you treat your microfiber right, and you can keep using your trusty cloths for years.