How To: Microfiber Care
Relatively new to the world of detailing, microfiber towels have quickly become one of the top tools in the industry. If you asked your father or grandfather what they used to wipe down their cars
after washing or waxing, you’d probably be surprised – chamois (leather made from sheep or lambskin), cloth diapers, and even bath towels were all regularly used during a detail. Thankfully, we’ve found an upgrade (although a chamois towel does still have a time and place) with microfiber.
Generally constructed using a blend of polyester and polyamide, microfiber is a super soft, many-fibered fabric perfect for virtually every detailing task. Buffing, polishing, glass cleaning, application of products; the list is endless! You have microfiber towels, microfiber applicators, microfiber brushes, and
microfiber gloves – but how do you care for it all!? The high-quality microfiber products of today’s era aren’t cheap enough that you want to just toss them after they’re used – you want to keep them and continuing using them! There’s where proper care of microfiber products come in.
First, you need to find a quality microfiber detergent. Unlike traditional clothes detergents, microfiber detergents contain no fabric softeners (microfiber’s Kryptonite), bleach, or “fresh scents” – only cleaners that gently remove all traces of the product that was last used. Glass cleaners, polishing oils, wheel dressings – the right microfiber cleaner will remove it all! These cleaners include products such as:
Pinnacle Micro Rejuvenator Microfiber Detergent Concentrate, Micro-Restore Microfiber Detergent Concentrate, and BLACKFIRE Microfiber Cleaner & Restorer.Detailer’s Tip:
Keeping your towels separated by use prevents cross-contamination that has the potential to ruin paint. For example, you wouldn’t want to use a wheel towel on the paint (even if it’s been washed) so keeping them separated, even while dirty, keeps you organized!
Once you’ve amassed enough towels for a load (let’s be honest here, that’s easy to do!), simply toss your towels into the washer, add your detergent, and let them run through a cycle! If applicable, use the “delicates” setting with a lighter cycle.
Once your wash cycle is complete – it’s time to dry! Be sure not to dry your microfiber towels with any other clothing (the static electricity generated can compromise the quality of the microfiber and create a lint nightmare). Dry on low-heat and DO NOT use any fabric softener.