Arabian Homes explains why microfibre cloths are such brilliant cleaning tools
People who already use microfibre cloths love them for the almost magical cleaning capabilities of these good-value, lightweight tools. Here’s why we think they are an essential piece of kit for every cleaning cupboard.
They are incredibly absorbent
Microfibre cloths are constructed from super-fine microfibres that have an asterisk-like structure. This make-up enables each cloth to absorb six times its own weight in water. It’s good for other substances, too, absorbing everything from grease to dust.
They are versatile
Microfibre cloths can be used for a variety of tasks, including:
■ Everyday dusting (use the cloth dry to pick up dust from hard surfaces)
■ Wiping granite and marble countertops
■ Cleaning and removing smears from stainless-steel appliances, such as fridges, and then buffing to create a smooth, smear-free finish (a damp cloth is usually sufficient, without the need for cleaning products)
■ Cleaning greasy kitchen cabinet doors
■ For chrome bathroom fixtures (after cleaning the fixtures, dry them with a microfibre cloth to avoid leaving smears)
■ Drying showers and baths after use to remove soapy residue (this will keep showers and baths cleaner for longer)
■ For windows and mirror glass – clean and remove smears using a damp microfibre cloth, then buff with a dry one to remove lint and water marks
Science, not magic
Ordinary cleaning cloths are made from cotton or synthetic fibres. Microfibre cloths have many more, much smaller (ie micro) fibres, which are able to attach themselves to microscopic dirt particles. Most microfibre cloths are made from polyester and polyamide, a mixture of two plastics. The size of the fibres in cloths varies (and, therefore, so does the cleaning effectiveness of different cloths), but according to www.explainthatstuff.com, average cloths are made from fibres that are 10–15 times thinner than a human hair.
Cleaning the cloth
Rinse thoroughly with water after each use to remove dust and other dirt. Wash in warm or hot water with a mild detergent, then allow to air dry. Cloths used frequently should be washed weekly
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