How to Clean Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber products are a great way to clean countertops, sinks, floors, and everything in between. When your microfiber cloths get dirty, you might find yourself wondering about the best way to keep them clean. We’ll explain the best way to clean your microfiber cloths and extend their lifespan.

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What Is Microfiber Made Of?

Microfiber is made of various types of polyester, polyamide, and polypropylene fibers, which are woven together to form textiles like towels, mats, apparel, upholstery, and cleaning products.

Many people like to use microfiber cloths when cleaning different surface types because of their ability to grab more dirt versus smearing dirt around, like cotton cloths. You can purchase a variety of microfiber cleaning products like mop heads, rags, and dusters to make cleaning much easier.

How to Wash Microfiber Towels

The best way to clean microfiber cloths is to hand wash them, but if you are short on time or have a large batch of microfiber cloths that need to be cleaned, here’s an easier way for you to clean them.

Washing Microfiber Towels in a Washing Machine

If you have a washing machine on hand in your establishment, you will be able to wash microfiber towels a lot easier and faster. Follow these steps to washing microfiber towels in a washing machine.

  1. Follow your manufacturer's standards for adding in detergent and necessary size settings on each load
  2. Select warm or hot water to wash
  3. Add enough detergent to correlate with your wash size
  4. Arrange towels in the drum of the washer as needed
  5. Press start on your washing machine

Tips for Machine Washing Microfiber Cloths

Follow the tips below to get clean microfiber towels that can be used over and over again.

  • Shake towels before adding them to the washer
  • Use mild laundry detergent without any fragrances or additives
  • Don’t mix microfiber towels with cotton towels in order to avoid lint balls and clumping
  • Wash in warm or hot water
  • Avoid using bleach on white microfiber cloths or fabric softener when washing
  • Never iron microfiber cloths
  • Air drying is preferred, but if using a dryer, avoid adding in dryer sheets

How to Hand Wash Microfiber Towels

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If you would prefer to use the hand washing method rather than a washing machine to clean your microfiber cloths and mitts, here’s a step-by-step process to help you get clean microfiber towels.

  1. Fill a large container with warm to hot water or as tolerable as you can stand
  2. Add in a smaller amount of mild detergent than you would with an actual load of laundry (any normal laundry detergent will work)
  3. Agitate water with your hands before adding in microfiber towels
  4. Shake each towel individually to remove debris and place towels in your plastic bin or container and fully submerge underwater
  5. Agitate again to help detergent sink into the fibers
  6. Soak for 20 minutes
  7. Rinse each towel under clean water
  8. Wring out any extra water and lay out to air dry

Tips for Hand Washing Microfiber Cloths

To take better care of your microfiber cloths and to extend their lifetime, you may want to consider the hand washing method. To get better results using the hand washing method, follow these tips below.

  • Shake each microfiber towel individually to get as much dirt off as possible
  • Use mild laundry detergent without any fragrances or additives
  • If there are any prominent stains on a microfiber cloth, hand scrub to lift the stain
  • Air dry to help extend the life of the towels

Cleaning with microfiber cloths is increasing in popularity due to their ability to grab dirt and liquids. When stocking your housekeeping cart with microfiber towels, be sure you follow these steps to keep them clean. If you wash microfiber towels often, these steps will also allow you to save money by extending the life of each microfiber cloth!