Do you have microfiber cloths laying around your cleaning supplies, and aren’t sure about what can you do with them? Microfiber cloths can be used for cleaning and offer a variety of other benefits for athletes and businesses.

Microfiber can do it all from cleaning and sanitizing to buffing and waxing. Learn about the best ways to use your microfiber cloths!

Can Microfiber Cloths Sanitize?

Believe it or not, microfiber can help sanitize surfaces without the use of crazy chemicals. The tiny fibers on a microfiber cloth are hook-shaped and are 1/16 the thickness of a human hair, meaning they are extra effective at picking up germs. An independent study done by the Environmental Protection Agency found that “extremely fine (.37 micrometer diameter) microfiber was both laboratory and clinically tested and proven to remove up to 98 percent of bacteria and 93 percent of viruses from a surface using only water (no chemicals).”

Traditional disinfectants can kill most germs but do not remove them. Microfiber, on the other hand, cannot kill germs, but the fibers can remove them from different surfaces. After wiping away germs and bacteria, simply rinse or wash your microfiber cloth to eliminate any contamination.

What Are Some Popular Uses for Microfiber Cloths?

If you pay attention, microfiber is all around you. It’s helpful when it comes to your car, home, and even at the gym! Take a look at the most popular uses for microfiber cloths you might not have thought of below.

Kitchen

When you have microfiber cloths handy in your kitchen, you can say goodbye to paper towel rolls. From cleaning surfaces to washing and drying dishes, microfiber cloths can tackle any task. Scrub your kitchen sink and countertops with a general-purpose cloth without worrying about scratching, then use that same cloth to wash your dishes or wipe down your refrigerator, stove, or stainless steel appliances!

Office

Whether you have an in-home office or commute to your office every day, you should have microfiber cloths readily available. You can use them to dust surfaces, remove fingerprints from monitors, and sanitize touch points like a keyboard and mouse! Remove fingerprints from your computer monitors by wiping in an “S” pattern for the best results.

Vehicle

Your vehicle can benefit from microfiber cloths inside and out! Wax and polish the exterior of your vehicle using a general-purpose cloth and your favorite product. Inside, keep your dashboard dust-free and your fingerprints off the windows with microfiber! Dusting works best with just a dry cloth, but it is recommended to use glass cleaner for the windows.

Gym

You sweat when using a machine at the gym, and so does everyone else! Keeping a microfiber cloth with you will not only wick sweat and keep you cool, but you can use it to sanitize equipment before using it! Lay your microfiber cloth down on a bench to wick away sweat or wipe the handles on an elliptical.

You can find a use for microfiber cloths nearly anywhere in your daily routine. From doing the dishes to getting a workout in, having microfiber cloths on hand will make numerous aspects of your life tidier.

Which Cleaning Solutions Should You Use with Microfiber Cloths?

You don’t need a ton of harsh chemicals to get the best use out of microfiber cloths. Believe it or not, microfiber cloths are most effective either dry or when dampened with water.

However, if you plan to do some cleaning that requires chemicals, the following substances are safe for use with microfiber cloths:

  1. 1. Water
  2. 2. Baking soda
  3. 3. Windex
  4. 4. Vinegar
  5. 5. All-purpose cleaner
  6. 6. Dish soap

Bleach is one of the only substances that is not safe to use with microfiber. You can avoid using bleach to sanitize touchpoints throughout your home or office by making your own microfiber-friendly disinfectant solution at home!

Whether you have small children and pets at home or are trying to keep your classroom germ-free, you can’t go wrong with using microfiber cloths to dust, wipe, and disinfect surfaces!

Which Side of a Microfiber Cloth Should You Use?

Unlike other types of cloth, microfiber has uniform fibers on both sides. This can be extra useful because you can use one microfiber cloth for several cleaning jobs. Try folding your microfiber cloth in half, then in half again, and you’ll have 8 different sides to clean with!

Promoting Your Business with Microfiber

You know how useful microfiber cloths can be around the house, but they also make a practical promotional item for your business? For example, if you own a yoga studio, add your logo to microfiber towels for your guests to use during their workouts! If you own a car wash or auto repair shop, hand out microfiber cloths to your customers so they can keep their vehicles clean and remember your business.

Providing your customers with not only a useful item, but one that has your logo on it is a surefire way to keep your business on their mind! Get creative by using branded packaging, placing a logo directly on the cloth, or by pairing microfiber with another item like the following examples:

Branded Packaging

Branded Cloth

Lens Cleaner Paired
With Microfiber Cloth

The next time your customer goes to wipe down the counters at home, clean their smartphone screen, or get a workout in, they’ll grab their branded microfiber cloth and remember your business!

The Bottom Line

If you haven’t already added microfiber cloths to your shopping list, you probably should. The list of practical uses for this material are seemingly endless. Take your daily chores or advertising campaign to the next level with microfiber cloths and you won’t regret it!

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Clean My Space. (2018, February 10). 25 Ways To Use Microfiber Cleaning Cloths! Retrieved July 30, 2019, from
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Gianna Petan

Meet Gianna - 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.