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Microfibre Myths & Care

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By system on Wednesday, 06 May 2015

Microfibre Cloths have revolutionised the cleaning industry over the last 10 years, including car care and detailing – but what makes them work so well? The whole basis of ‘cleaning’ relies on the principle of removing dirt, particles or product off a surface to leave it clean and refreshed.

- What is Microfibre?

Microfibre is made from ultra-fine polyester nylon (a tough fibre) and polyamide (an absorbing fibre); these fibres form a network of tiny ‘hooks’ which pull away dirt and grime while trapping it within the weave. The reason polyester appears to absorb liquids is the many thousands of ‘micro fibres’ that collectively encapsulate liquids – making it perfect for wiping off polish, wax, quick detailers, drying etc.

- Are all Microfibre Cloths are the same quality?

NO – Korean microfibre is the best quality by far, it will offer the highest performance and the longest durability. CCP Microfibre Cloths are only the best quality Korean ones that will remove polish, wax or product in one wipe and will not marr the surface and induce swirls like the hard, cheap version. The CCP microfibre range will also carry on performing for months and sometimes years – lasting over 100 washes. If you are paying $1 per cloth then you are buying poor quality Chinese cloths that will not offer you the benefits of high-quality microfibre and will certainly not last more than a couple of uses/washes. As they say “you get what you pay for”

- Why are there different colours and types of Microfibre?

There are very different compositions of microfibre which are suited to specific jobs. For example a Glass Microfibre Cloth has a tight closed weave with no loose fibres so that it cleans glass perfectly without any lint, fibres or smears. A Microfibre Drying Towel has a waffle-weave of ‘fluffier’ fibres that is hyper-absorbent to take water off the paint surface quickly and safely – and they have differing sizes and colours making them easy to identify for the purpose, so make sure you get the right tool for the job – a complete list is here.

- How do you look after Microfibre cloths?

There is a limited ‘capacity’ to any woven cloth including microfibre, meaning that once you have wiped off a lot of polish or product the fibres are then ‘full’ of that product and have no space to remove or absorb any more. However you can wash good quality microfibre cloths many times, renewing their properties and bringing performance back to life.

- A good liquid detergent like Mint Mwash or Gyeon Towel Wash is required to dissolve the residues and dirt safely. (If you use a powder detergent you can ‘clog’ the tiny fibres).

- Do not use bleach or powerful degreaser, you can easily damage the super-fine fibres.

- Always wash microfibre products alone (not with other fabrics as they will pick up other fibres and lint) If very dirty, consider a pre-soak in a bucket with some MWash in warm water for 2 hours or even overnight.

- Wash at 40-60 degrees, warm water will help dissolve polish, wax and other product build-up more easily.

- Do not use fabric softener, this will ‘clog’ the fibres. If you want to really ‘deep-down’ clean the fibres use about 30ml of White Vinegar in the rinse cycle.

- Allow to dry naturally, preferably outside – do not use in a hot dryer, this will melt the tips of the fibres, if you want to re-fluff them just put them in the dryer on cool for 5 mins after.

- Make sure you store them in a dry, dust free place – like a container box, that we suggest in our Cloth Kits.

If you buy quality microfibre cloths and care for them well – they should last you 100+ washes – making them very economical over time versus buying cheap cloths for one use and then having to throw them away.

As always if you have a question about Microfibre, or what the best products are for your situation please feel to call or email us and we can tailor a solution for you – that is why we are here.