How-to Clean Microfiber

Microfiber cloth
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Microfiber cleaning cloths, dust cloths, and mops can make cleaning your home a more simple process. But to really get the most out of your microfiber a few special care instructions are necessary. Find out how to get your microfiber cleaning products clean and make them last.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 30 minutes or less

Here's How:

  1. Sort your microfiber cleaning cloths into their own load. Hair, dirt, dust, and lint will be attracted to the microfiber cloths. If you wash them with a regular load of linens, they may come out even more dirty than before. Some people even like to separate their most heavily soiled microfiber cloths from those that are just lightly soiled.
  2. If you care about stains on your cleaning cloths, now is the time to pre-treat them. You can use whatever stain remover you rely on for laundry, or just add a little laundry detergent to the cloths and rinse them out. If you don't care if they are stained...skip this step.
  3. Wash heavily soiled cleaning cloths in warm or hot water. Lightly soiled cloths can be washed in cold, or even on the gentle cycle.
  4. Dry your microfiber cloths separately to prevent hair and lint attraction. Microfiber dries really fast, so it will be a short cycle. Because microfiber dries so quickly, you can hang your cleaning cloths up to dry.


  1. Because microfiber attracts and holds on to dirt, it's important to keep them separate from other items.
  2. Microfiber cloths that are dirty can scratch and damage surfaces. Be sure to clean microfiber cleaning cloths after every use, for best results.

What You Need:

  • Washing machine
  • Laundry soap
  • A place to hand wash cloths (if handwashing)
  • A dryer
  • A place to line dry cloths (if line drying)
  • Stain remover (if pre-treating)