Microfiber cloths are especially handy to have around the house, or at your business. In order for these cleaning tools to keep their fantastic cleaning capabilities, it’s important to properly care for and maintain the fabric. Microfiber requires some extra care when it comes to cleaning, storing, and retaining longevity.

To help make sure you get the most out of your cloths, we have created a comprehensive guide to caring for microfiber. From proper washing and drying to the best storage options, you’ll know exactly how to make the most out of your favorite cleaning tool.

How to Clean Your Microfiber Cloths

You use microfiber cloths to wash dishes, clean up spills, and sanitize areas throughout your home. Keeping them clean will ensure they remain effective at picking up dust and bacteria. When washing and drying microfiber, there are important steps to follow so you don’t damage the fibers.

How to Wash Microfiber Cloths

Before you wash your microfiber cloths, it is important to know that you should never use fabric softener or bleach. Fabric softener will clog the spaces in the fibers and render your cloth useless. Bleach, on the other hand, will erode the fibers.

The best way to wash microfiber cloths is in cold or warm water with mild detergent. If you need to remove a stain or disinfect your cloths, warm water will do the trick. It is recommended to only wash with other microfiber items, otherwise your cloths will attract lint from other fabrics like cotton. You can also hand wash microfiber cloths with a mild detergent and hot water. Use a soft scrub brush for a deep clean.

How to Wash Microfiber Clothes

Depending on the type of microfiber clothes you have, you can hand wash them or put them in the washing machine. You should first check the care tag first to find out which method is recommended. *

If you put your microfiber clothes in the washing machine, do the following:

  • Use warm water
  • Avoid washing with clothing made from cotton or terry cloth
  • Do not use fabric softener, bleach, or dryer sheets
  • Check the care tag before washing

Once your microfiber clothes are clean, the best way to dry them by air drying. This way you won’t have to worry about any shrinking!

DISCLAIMER: Not all microfiber clothes are created equal. Be sure to follow care tag instructions and contact the manufacturer if you have any questions.

How to Dry Microfiber

Microfiber is made of polyester, which is essentially plastic. This means that drying microfiber cloths with heat can destroy them. Air drying is the best method, and you’ll find that the cloths will dry quickly.

You can also put them in a dryer with no heat and no dryer sheets. If you absolutely have to use heat when drying, the maximum recommended temperature is 140°F.

How to Remove Smell from Microfiber

After wiping up spills or doing dishes, your microfiber cloths may start to stink. Instead of detergent, add a tablespoon of white vinegar to your laundry. This should take care of any odors or mildew smells.

How to Remove Debris from Microfiber Towels

The best way to remove debris or grease from your microfiber is to rinse them as best as possible before washing. This will help remove some of the crumbs, dust, and dirt so the cloth can get a better clean from the washing machine. Dish soap can be useful for removing stains before washing too.

How to Remove Lint from Microfiber Towels

Pesky lint on your microfiber towels can affect the cleaning power of the fabric. Luckily, you can easily remove lint to restore microfiber to its soft and durable state. Here’s how:

  1. 1. Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to brush off and suck up any lint.
  2. 2. Use a lint roller to remove lint by sweeping the roller back and forth on the towel.
  3. 3. Cut a small piece of masking tape and roll it into a ball. Then, pat the sticky ball all over the towel to remove lint.

Depending on how much lint is on your microfiber towel, you might have to use more than one of these methods. Avoid getting lint on your microfiber towels by washing them only with other microfiber material.

If your microfiber cloths aren’t clean, then they can’t do their job by picking up dust, dirt, and bacteria. Keeping your cloths clean will ensure they last longer and look like a brand new towel! *

*Disclaimer: This cleaning strategy works with most microfiber cloths; however customized cloths should be handled with extra care. Always follow the care tag and contact the manufacturer with any uncertainty.

What Do Care Tag Symbols Mean?

If you’re ever unsure about how to wash your microfiber cloths, consulting the care tag will be the best option. You’ve likely seen care tag symbols before, but do you know what they all mean? While not every single symbol is relevant to microfiber cloths, there are several you should know about:

Washing Symbols

Drying Symbols

Special Instructions

It is important to always follow the care tag symbols on your microfiber cloths to take the best possible care of them. When you follow the symbols, your cloths will last longer and work as if they were brand new!

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How to Store Microfiber Cloths

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Proper storage of your microfiber cloths is more important than you might think. Before storing your microfiber cloths, make sure they are completely dry. If you store your cloths while they are damp, they can develop mold or an unpleasant odor.

Once your microfiber cloths are dried and folded, store them in a container or drawer that protects them from the environment. Because microfiber is so great at picking up dust and dirt, leaving them out in the open can cause them to get dirty before you even use them again! Keeping them in a container ensures they stay clean until you’re ready to use them.

How to Increase the Longevity of Microfiber Cloths

You can increase the longevity of your microfiber cloths simply by taking care of them! Follow the instructions for washing and drying your cloths and will stay in good condition. If you start to notice your microfiber cloths are beginning to feel rough, it is probably time to replace them. They work best when they are fluffy and soft.

How Long Do Microfiber Cloths Last?

According to cleaning expert Melissa Maker, microfiber cloths can last up to 500 washes. However, this depends on how well you take care of your cloths, and how much wear they endure. Learn more about how to make your microfiber cloths last here.

Ultimately, the longevity of your microfiber cloths depends on how often you use them, and how well you take care of them.

The Bottom Line

Microfiber cloths are an essential item to have in your home, office, or business. If you take care of them by washing, drying, and storing properly, you can get years of use from one cloth. If you’re ever unsure about how to care for your microfiber, check the care tag or contact the manufacturer.

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Gianna Petan

Gianna is no stranger to all things promo products. Her background in research-based writing, linguistics, and advertising gives her an edge in blogging about the marketing industry.