The Importance of Caring for Your Microfiber Towels and Tools

Posted by Corey Carruth on 30th Aug 2023

The Importance of Caring for Your Microfiber Towels and Tools

Hey, guys. Corey here from Sky's the Limit Car Care. Today, we're diving into the world of microfiber towels and tools, exploring why it's crucial to care for them properly, and how doing so can save you money in the long run.

Understanding Microfiber

So, what exactly is microfiber? Microfiber is a synthetic material used in towels and various detailing tools. It's not your typical cotton or organic thread. 

In the detailing industry, microfiber towels are typically made of polyester and polyamide, sometimes with other synthetic fibers like rayon. Each microfiber tool has its own unique purpose and composition, depending on where and how it's made.

But here's the bottom line: all microfiber tools in the detailing industry should be cared for similarly, with a few minor differences depending on the product. Let's dive into why proper care is so essential.

Why Care for Your Microfiber Towels and Tools?

You might have noticed that even after cleaning, some stains or discolorations remain on your microfiber towels. Don't worry; this doesn't render the towel useless. 

The primary reason for washing these tools is to remove any sand, grit, particulates, or abrasive residues from polishes or waxes that might be trapped in the fibers.

Here's why it's crucial:

  1. Preventing Scratches: Abrasives, sand, and grit left in your towels can scratch your car's finish.
  2. Preserving Absorbency: Residues from wax, polymers, and sealants can reduce the absorbency of your towels, affecting their performance.

Rules for Microfiber Care

When it comes to caring for your microfiber towels and tools, here are some essential guidelines:

1. Choose the Right Detergent

While you can use regular laundry detergent, it's not the best option. Standard detergents may contain perfumes and additives that can clog the microfiber's tiny fibers. Opt for a free and clear detergent that is dye-free and perfume-free for better results. We recommend using a detergent made specifically for microfiber.

2. Keep Towels Separate

Avoid mixing different types of microfiber towels in a single wash. Group them by purpose: glass and drying towels, polishing towels, and grimy towels. This helps prevent cross-contamination.

3. Avoid Dropping on the Ground

Take care not to drop your microfiber towels on the ground, as they can pick up dirt and debris that might scratch your car's finish.

4. Washing Process

  • Use a small load for a few towels or a heavy load for more significant cleaning jobs.
  • Use about an ounce of detergent for a small load and approximately two ounces for a heavy load.
  • Consider adding an extra rinse cycle for thorough cleaning.
  • Avoid washing at temperatures exceeding 140 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent damage to synthetic fibers.

5. Drying

  • If using a dryer, use a low-heat or no-heat setting to avoid melting the fibers.
  • Alternatively, hang dry your towels if you're concerned about heat.
  • Never use fabric softeners, as they can damage the microfiber.

6. Special Note on Ceramic Coatings

If you've used a microfiber towel for ceramic coating installation, consider it dedicated to that purpose. Don't use it on your car's paint again, as it might still contain hardened residue that could harm the finish.

Taking these steps will ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your microfiber towels and tools, ultimately saving you money in the long term.

That's it for today's guide on microfiber care. If you found this information helpful, be sure to subscribe and turn on notifications for more informative videos. Feel free to leave any comments or questions below; we're here to help. Thanks for tuning in, and take care!