Cleaning Microfiber Cloths

Multi-colored microfiber clothes on white surface and in white wired container

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Microfiber cleaning cloths, dust cloths, and mops can make cleaning your home a more simple process. But to get the most out of your microfiber, a few easy special care steps are necessary. Get your microfiber cleaning products clean and make them last. It should only take 30 minutes or less.

What You Need:

  • Washing machine
  • Laundry soap
  • A place to hang washcloths (if handwashing)
  • Dryer
  • A place to line-dry cloths (if line drying)
  • Stain remover (if pre-treating)

Here's How:

  1. Sort your microfiber cleaning cloths into their 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 fast, so it will be a short cycle. Because microfiber dries so quickly, you can hang your cleaning cloths up to dry.
Microfiber cloths sorted out of laundry into white wired container

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Stain remover added to green microfiber cloth for cleaning pretreatment

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Multi-colored microfiber cloths soaking in bucket with soapy water

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Multi-colored microfiber cloths hanging on drying rack to air dry

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Additional Tips:

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