Amazing Facts About Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Did you know that individual fibers in a microfiber cleaning cloth are 100 times narrower than a human hair? In fact, it is one third the diameter of a cotton and a quarter of wool’s width!
Amazing, right? In this article I’m going to show you five amazing facts about microfiber fabric, which is the reason why it’s the number one cleaning material for delicate surfaces. We spend more than half of our lives indoors (in houses, apartments, and in the offices), one third of us wear eye glasses, and almost everyone has a camera now. All household items need to be cleaned on daily basis. Eye glasses and camera lenses require cleaning even more often, and 60% of all surfaces we clean are considered to be delicate.
So what’s the deal with microfiber?
Well, suppose you need to clean your 600 dollar camera lense… Obviously, you can do it the old fashion way using a damp cotton cloth like a shred of your worn out teeshirt, which you were about to trash, but suddenly decided to give it a second life as a cleaning media. This piece of fabric, if washed properly, should theoretically work on glass, but it will definitely give you the following side effects:
- cotton cloth will leave lint on the glass, and any attempt to wipe it off will cause more lint to build up (and it’ pretty much a really annoying vicious cycle);
- at some point your cotton cloth will accumulate enough dust, and you will start spreading the dust along the surface of the glass instead of cleaning it;
- you won’t be able to remove grease stains like fingerprints from the surface of the glass, you will be just spreading the grease along the surface of the glass
- you will end up with scratches on your lenses because cotton fibers are hard and can damage delicate surfaces.
So there is only one proper way of cleaning optics… It’s cleaning it with a dry microfiber cleaning cloth! And not only optics… Microfiber works best on all surfaces, much better that cotton. And it does not require any water to work, at all!
Microfiber removes 99 percent of bacteria from smooth surfaces
Common types of cleaning cloths, such as leather and cotton only remove up to 33 percent of bacteria, while microfiber removes up to 99 percent of it! That’s possible because microfiber works on a molecular level. It uses forces of nature to attract all sorts of microscopic germs and dust particles, and it essentially works as a dirt magnet. This is the main reason why microfiber is so widely used by cleaning companies. You will find microfiber in all sorts of mops, wipes, brushes and cleaning cloths.
Microfiber is extremely eco-friendly
Traditional types of cleaning products such as paper towels and disposable clothes inevitably end up in our landfills, and many of them are not even biodegradable! So it takes decades for them to transform into soil. In contrast to that, microfiber cloths are renewable. You clean your house with a cloth and then you simply wash it. After washing it will be as good as a new one! Microfiber fabric is so durable that you can repeat this cycle for years without hurting cleaning properties of it. My favorite microfiber cloth is already 10 years old, and it’s still as good as new. May be it has faded a bit, but it still works great.
Microfiber is recommended for green cleaning
Founded in 1989, Green Seal is a non-profit organization that promotes standard for environmental development and certification. Microfiber is recommended by Green Seal because it can completely remove and securely hold tiny particles of dust, oil and grease that no other type of cleaning product can! That’s why Green Seal strongly recommends hospitals to use cleaning products made of microfiber. It’s simply more hygienic.
Microfiber works on molecular level and uses electrostatics for cleaning
Electrostatic refers to the static electrical charges (opposite to electric currents). The electrostatic property of microfibers makes them very powerful in attracting dirt particles. Microfibers in a cleaning cloth are positively charged, while dirt is normally negatively charged. As a result, dirt gets attracted to microfibers, just like South and North poles of two magnets. Cleaning cloths are made of millions of tiny microfibers woven together, and every individual strand can attract a dozen of dust particles. So combined effect is enormous! That’s why microfiber cleaning cloths are very effective in cleaning. Microfiber is the only cleaning media that effectively cleans optics, and can completely remove dust and fingerprints from the surface of the glass without leaving any lint, stains and scratches.
Microfiber leaves no lint and scratches, unlike cotton
Microfiber is considered to be the most effective cleaning product on Earth. Individual strands in a cleaning cloth are always continuous. They are like wires. And the fabric itself is like a net of wires with no holes, unlike cotton which is made of short strands that always fall off during cleaning and stick to the surface after getting an electrostatic change.
Strands in a typical microfiber cloth never fall off because they span from one site of the cloth to another and there is no way they can fall off during cleaning! Microfiber fabric is made of splitted and conjugated fibers of polyester and polyamide. These types of fibers are very soft and have dimensional stability. They hold their shape very well so to speak. Since the fibers are very tiny (one hundredth of a human hair), and there are millions of them woven together, a microfiber cleaning cloth holds dirt particles very well and has a good capacity to absorb a lot of them. Really a lot indeed!
I hope you find information in this article helpful and fun-to-read. I also hope it has inspired you a bit, and may be you will consider switching to microfiber for all your cleaning needs. Not only does it work better than traditional products, but it also makes our planet Earth a better place to live!
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