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How to care for microfibre cloths

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It’s hard to know when and how to wash your microfibre cloths, so we’ve made this handy guide to help. 

  • What is a microfibre cloth? 
  • How long do microfibre cloths last?
  • How often should you wash microfibre cloths?
  • Wash
  • Dry 

What is a microfibre cloth?

A microfibre cloth is a cloth made from very small fibres of polyester and nylon. These tiny fibres are split, creating more fibre surface and making the cloth incredibly absorbent. This makes them excellent for cleaning dirt, dust, and bacteria from surfaces around your house. 

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How long do microfibre cloths last?

If looked after appropriately, your microfibre cloth can last for up to 5 years. Of course, this also depends on how often you use your cloth and what for. 

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How often should you wash microfibre cloths?

You should be washing your microfibre cloths on a weekly basis, especially if they are regularly used. If your cloth is heavily soiled or pungent, it should be washed immediately. 

Wash

Microfibre cloths can be washed in a washing machine on a warm or hot water cycle with mild detergent. Do not use fabric softener as you will clog the open spaces in the fabric, making the cloth less absorbent. Ideally, you should wash your microfibre cloths by themselves as they are likely to cling to any other material, such as cotton. You can, however, wash your microfibre cloths with other microfibre items, such as clothing or towels

If you would prefer to hand wash your microfibre cloths, fill a basin with hot water and mild detergent. Use your hands, or a soft-bristled brush, to gently scrub at the fabric, removing any stains and releasing embedded dirt. Once you are satisfied that your cloth is adequately clean, thoroughly rinse it by running it under clean, warm, water. 

Dry

To ensure that your microfibre cloth lasts, it’s best to leave it to air dry. Exposing your cloth to high-temperatures damages the fibres and will render your cloth useless. Instead, leave your cloth to completely air dry, refraining from using it until it is completely dry. Luckily, microfibre is an incredibly fast-drying fabric. 

Rather than washing your own microfibre cloths, or any cloth for that matter, why not give them to Laundryheap? We will pick up your cloths, clean them, and redeliver them to you all within 24 hours. Head to the Laundryheap website or download the free Laundryheap app to book your service today.

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