Microfiber cloths don’t work like regular ones. This fabric lasts longer, but it’s also more delicate when washing it, which means it can end up ruined or damaged if you don’t do it right.
Don’t want to risk hurting your cloths when you wash them? Follow these easy instructions.
The easy way to wash microfiber cloths: washing machine
Maybe everything went wrong the last time you threw your microfiber cloths in the washing machine. Well, you can stop worrying! Follow this method, and your cloths will be clean and ready for the next task.
Step #1 Separate the cloths
Microfiber cloths need a different treatment from other fabrics, and shoving your cloths mixed with your regular laundry load plays a big role in damaging them. So, separate the cloths from the rest of your laundry first. Otherwise, they will catch the lint and fluff from other fabrics.
Step #2 Pre-treat the stains
Shake the cloths over a trash can to get rid of the loose crumbs and dirt, and check to see if they have dry stains that seem to go deep in the fabric; if they do, pour laundry detergent directly on the stained spots.
Applying detergent will help loosen up the stuck-on grime, and the stains will come off easier during the washing cycle.
Step #3 Prepare the laundry load
For this type of fabric, you need to use less detergent—about half of the amount you would use for a load of similar size—so it doesn’t clog the spaces between the fibers. Also, remember only to use laundry detergent, don’t use bleach or softener to avoid damaging the microfiber.
Once that’s done, you can select the water temperature for the washing cycle. If your cloths are very messy, choose warm water, but you can wash them with cold water if they’re not too soiled.
Now, you can shove your cloths in the washing machine and let it do the work!
Step #4 Air dry the microfiber cloths
Leave your microfiber cloths to air dry—don’t worry, this fabric doesn’t take too long to dry. However, you should know that microfiber and extreme heat don’t get along well. So, if you are using a dryer machine, don’t raise the temperature, as it could melt the fabric’s plastic fibers.
An alternative to the washing machine: hand washing
Not everyone can use a washing machine or wants to do a whole load just to clean microfiber cloths. If this is your case, just follow the steps below to hand wash your cloths.
Step #1 Prepare the cloths and soapy water
Shake off the dirt from the cloths over a trash can to make the washing process more manageable.
Then, set up a bowl of soapy water—you can use warm water for filthy cloths or cold water if they’re not too stained— and let the cloths soak in the bowl for 15 minutes.
Step #2 Wash the cloths
Once the time has passed, rub the cloths together over the stains to get rid of the grime. Leave them soaking for 15 more minutes and rub them again.
When the cloths look neat and spotless, rinse them with clean cold water.
Step #3 Wring out and air dry
All that’s left to do is wring them and leave them out to dry on a clothesline or rack. If you want to put the clothes in the dryer, just don’t set it to high heat to avoid the plastic fibers getting ruined!
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