There is a diverse offering of microfiber products for automotive detailing, including towels, applicators, gloves, dusters and wash mitts. In the microfiber towels category alone, you will find dozens of different weaves, material weights, fabric blends, colors and sizes - microfiber detailing towels, microfiber waffle weave towels, and even a chamois towel. Here's how I categorize microfiber towels for my own use:
1.General Purpose - This is typically a microfiber towel (16" by 16") with a standard split weave and an 80/20 blend of polyester and polyamide. The towel has no specific purpose, and will be equally adept wiping paint, glass, vinyl, plastic and leather. Towels of this blend have a medium thickness. An example of this towel would be a Blue All-Purpose Towel.
2.Glass - The Waffle Weave Microfiber Glass Towel was engineered for cleaning. Tiny spokes in the individual fibers, too microscopic to detect with the naked eye, lift and trap dirt and moisture, while gently buffing the surface to a shine. Microfiber is designed to never shed lint. Another attribute is the magnetized nature of the cloth towards dust. With each wipe across your glass, the Waffle Weave Microfiber Glass Towel actually attracts particles that may be left behind by lesser cloths. This all adds up to a superior outcome on your windshields and windows.
3. Drying - Microfiber Waffle Weave Drying Towels come in a variety of sizes and are regarded as the golden standard for a drying towel. Guzzler Waffle Weave Drying Towels have a soft waffle weave towel with a strip of silky soft satin sewn around the edges. The satin is just one more safeguard against swirls and scratches because it covers the stitching at the edge of the towel. As you dry your vehicle, the satin-edge towel glides over the paint, soaking up every drop of water. Guzzler Waffle Weave Drying Towel features a plush, 80/20 waffle weave that increases its surface area for greater moisture absorption. The towel can absorb 7 times its own weight in water! In fact, this towel is 20% plusher than our other waffle weave towels to give it even an even greater capacity for moisture!
4. Final Buffing - Cobra makes a series of extremely soft, plush microfiber towels with a higher fabric weight than you find in general purpose or drying towels. My favorite towel for a wax removal or a quick detailer is The Cobra Deluxe Jr. 600 Microfiber Towel, which has a nice bound and stitched border for scratchless use. This awesome towel weighs 600 g/m≤ and is made of a 70/30 blend of polyester and polyamide, providing the perfect bland needed for that delicate final wipe.
Using microfiber towels is pretty simple. For cleaning, you simply wet, wring and wipe. For drying you wipe, wring and wipe. How much easier could it be? Of course, thereís a lot more to detailing than just cleaning.
One of the most common uses of the microfiber towel is quick detailing. If youíre not familiar, quick detailing is a light cleaning to remove dust, finger prints, water spots and other minor contamination. Microfiber towels make quick detailing a snap. Simply mist your car with a quick detailing spray and wipe. When using microfiber towels, itís best to wipe in a single direction until all visible dust and contamination is removed, flipping the towel frequently. A good microfiber cannot unload particles without being immersed in water. If you wipe back and forth while quick detailing, you will be rubbing the dirt you pick up back and forth over the paint.
When using microfiber detailing towels to remove polish or wax, wipe in a back and forth motion, not in circles. Most microfiber polishing towels perform better this way. When used in a circular motion, the fibers will unload some of the product previously picked up. Flip and refold the towel frequently to maintain a fresh side. When the polish or wax begins to smear, itís time to get a fresh towel.
Wash in cold water only. Polyester and polyamide both shrink in hot water.; If you wash in hot water the fibers will shrink and the towel will not perform as intended.
Do not use fabric softeners of any kind. The softener will become lodged in the microfiber reducing its ability to absorb water, clean and pick up dirt. In short, youíll have a soft towel thatís useless.
Do not dry above medium heat. Treat microfiber towels the same as you would your delicate clothing.; Drying with high heat is worse that washing in hot water.
To make microfiber care simple, Pinnacle developed a single detergent that thoroughly cleans microfiber and helps maintain its texture. Pinnacle Micro Rejuvenator is the only microfiber detergent you need to remove oily and greasy residues in the wash.