So, how to clean car microfiber towels? Cleaning and caring for your microfiber towels starts with understanding why they’re so popular with detailers.
What is Microfiber?
Microfiber is a detailing material that helps you get the perfect finish on your car.
The polyamide side gives the towel its absorbency and stiffness, while the polyester side does the heavy lifting, such as scrubbing or polishing, helping remove wax or other residues. Heavy-duty scrubbing sources often use a 70/30 polyester-polyamide ratio or an 80/20 mix.
What’s the significance of this? Even though you may perceive a fluffy towel with the naked eye, a microscopic examination reveals a very fine strand but also highly consistent and long-lasting. Regardless of weave or pattern, almost all microfibers have the same fiber structure. Different properties will be impacted depending on how the fibers are set up.
The Microcosm of Microfiber
Even in the 1950s, these micro-manufactured textiles were being created, but there were only a few uses for them. Because of the limits of the technology at the time, it was difficult to reliably create lengthy continuous strands, which made it both costly and time demanding to manufacture.
In the late 1960s, a group of Japanese researchers developed lengthy continuous strands of microfibers. This discovery paved the way for the widespread use of microfibre in the textile industry in the 1970s for various purposes. Due to its sanitary qualities and minimal propensity to shed or lint, microfiber gained appeal as a cleaning product in the 1990s, although mainly in the janitorial and hospitality sectors.
Choose the right towel for the right job
If you have microfibre markings in your detailing collection, you must protect them and get the most of their usefulness before retiring them. It’s for this reason that you should sort your towels into several categories.
Long, straight threads are excellent for scrubbing and cleaning sensitive surfaces like clear coatings, while short, looped fibers are better for wiping and polishing. Flatweave towels are excellent for non-delicate surfaces, where streak-free performance is essential since waffle weaves provide the best absorption per gram.
However, don’t just organize your towels according to the kind of material they are made of. Sort your towels according to their intended use in your collection. Keep your best towel for cleaning and polishing, not wiping door hinges and other filthy surfaces. Retiring worn or soiled towels to less essential tasks is a good way to save your finest towels.
What’s causing the staining on your towels makes a difference
You’re talking about a fairly dense combination of polymers, waxes, oils, and other tenacious residues when you consider the contamination in your towels after usage. Waxes and sealants, for example, are made to withstand your paint’s detergents, water, heat, and so on. A wax or sealer is considered “good durable” if it can withstand repeated washings without losing its ability to repel detergents.
As soon as the ceramic coating has been set, it will continue to reject water for years, causing the towel to grow crusty. Regardless of how deeply you embed these items in your towels, they still react the same. Anyone who has ever attempted to remove a sealant with a strip wash or all-purpose cleaner knows how difficult it can be.
Cleaning your microfiber after each usage is a must. Although it may seem tempting to leave that drying towel out and reuse it next weekend, you run the danger of contaminating the towels and creating swirls or allowing anything to settle into them that will be more difficult to remove in the long run. While cleaning microfiber isn’t often the most fun aspect of the process, it’s essential if you want your towels to look their best and be ready when you need them. After all, you’ve invested in high-quality microfiber towels, so allow us to assist you in maintaining the feel and functionality of your premium purchase.
To begin, keep in mind that layering your polishing cloths may make the difference between a swirl-free finish and a flawless polishing session. If you’ve used an engine bay detailing towel four times, it’s probably not the best choice for your next Detail Spray wipe down. If you divide your towels into four piles before washing, it will be much easier to identify which towels need to be thrown away and which ones need to be saved for drying.
For example, after Metal Polishing, new towels and towels that have been used very lightly should be placed in level 1. In contrast, towels that have been used moderately or more should be placed in level 2, and towels that have been used more heavily should be placed in level 3. Towels that have been used more heavily should be placed in level 4, while towels that have been used more heavily should be placed in level 5. Towels may be washed in succession rather than at once, preventing pollutants and soils from being absorbed. After all, that’s the whole point of microfiber.
Cleaning Towels Steps
- Avoid cross-contamination by washing your dirty towels separately from your “good” fluffy and drying towels, such as those used to clean wheels or polish metal.
- Do not wash cotton or other delicates in the washing machine. Only use the other microfiber to wash this one.
- Instead of powders or granules, use a dye-free/perfume-free liquid laundry soap or a microfiber-specific detergent like Microfiber Revitalizer.
- Warm water should be selected on the washer. Wax and polish breakdown require the use of heat. Towels will not be as thoroughly cleaned if they are used in a cold setting.
- Use the additional rinse cycle if your machine has one. This will ensure that the towels are as clean as possible by removing any contaminants and soap left behind.
- If you’d like, microfiber may be dried in the machine. Do not use a fabric softener while using a low heat setting. You may also dry your clothes on a clothesline or in the open air. Do this in a place where dust and lint cannot contaminate the towels.
After you’ve finished using your towels, make sure you have a place to store them, so they’re out of the way and dust-free until the next time you need them. Plastic storage bins are a low-cost option; the lid prevents dust from accumulating on your towels in a place like a garage and reduces the number of creepy insects that could make a new home in all that plush, fluffy stuff.
Before storing your microfiber, make certain it is fully dry. Towels may develop mildew if they are even slightly wet in certain regions. That goes double for microfiber pads and applicators. Moisture is drawn to the foam’s core and backing. If you have any doubts about the dryness of the foam core or backing, don’t put it in an airtight container.