Two types of towels are dominating most industries, and they are cotton and microfiber. Yet, with a seemingly endless array of fabrics, shapes, sizes, thickness, colors, and styles, finding the right one for you will take a bit of trial and error.
This article will discuss how to clean microfiber and how to wash and care for these towels properly. Microfiber towels can quickly lose their effectiveness and become virtually useless if they are not properly washed and maintained.
The microfiber washing process
There are many products on store shelves that claim to rejuvenate microfiber towels to their original new state. Still, to be honest, the best way is to follow the right laundering procedures.
When you clean microfiber correctly, it can last for years. The way you choose to wash and dry your towels will directly impact the towel’s effectiveness over time.
For starters, microfiber should be washed in cold water; never use warm or hot. With microfiber towels, you never want to get above 90 degrees in water temperature.
Microfiber should be washed with liquid and not power soap. It’s the soap that removes the dirt from the towel. If you don’t use soap, the soil will go back onto the towel.
The next tip is never to use fabric softener. It will clog the wedge-shaped filaments located on the microfiber and make it useless if you use a fabric softener.
No matter what color the microfiber towel is, you should also never use bleach because it is harsh on the towel and will remove any color.
Most importantly, microfiber should always be washed separately from any other fabric and materials, especially cotton towels.
The lint from the other towels will stick to the microfiber, making it very difficult to remove.
To keep your microfiber towel in mint condition, it is best to wash your microfiber on a full load cycle to ensure less wear and tear on the fabric.
The drying process is fundamental to retaining the quality. Ideally, your towels should be air-dried. However, this might not be practical for some industries, especially high-volume businesses; if not, you will want to try it on the lowest setting you can, such as permanent press or air fluff.
How to know when microfiber is damaged
Because your towel is made of polyester and nylon, the high heat from a dryer can cause the fabric’s melting, which will close the wedge-shaped fibers. The biggest reason microfiber melts in the dryer is because people put it on high heat or place it in a dryer that is not cooled down.
You will have a hard time knowing if your towel is melted just by looking at it. Microfiber towels look the same melted or not. It might not appear damaged to the naked eye, but you will notice streaks when you clean the windows; then, it’s a tell, tell.
If you want to see if your towel has melted, then pour a little water on a table and use your towel to wipe it up. A melted towel will not absorb the water; it will only push the water around.
All starex towels come with washing instructions that can be referenced.