Anyone who uses their microfiber cloths daily will need to wash them in no time. If this is your case and you tried cleaning them like any other material, you might have learned the hard way that the fabric comes out stiff and sometimes unusable.
Is it difficult to wash these trusty rags without ruining them? Not at all! Try the following methods to clean your microfiber cloths.
Method #1. Machine-washing the microfiber cloths
Have you gathered enough dirty microfiber cloths that warrant a good wash? If your answer is “yes,” but you want to skip the work of scrubbing all of them, this method is your best bet! Do the following:
Step 1. Separate the cloths from other fabrics
Although reliable when cleaning, microfiber is also a delicate fabric, and it has specific washing requirements.
One of them is to always separate your microfiber cloths from every other fabric before tossing them in the washing machine. Otherwise, you risk your rags getting dirt and lint stuck between the fibers.
Step 2. Treat deep stains before washing the cloths
It may sound complicated, but don’t worry; this step still doesn’t require much effort. You only need to shake off the loose debris in the cloths and apply some dish soap or laundry detergent directly to the stained spots.
While the soap does part of the job in advance, you can get the washing machine ready.
Step 3. Prepare your laundry load
When washing microfiber cloths, make sure you only use laundry detergent without additives and never pour fabric softener! Otherwise, the fiber on the rags could get clogged and end up useless.
Note: If your cloths are very smelly, you can pour a tablespoon of vinegar directly over them in the washer! This won’t damage any cloths and will remove the foul odor.
Step 4. Run a washing cycle
Now, you’re ready for the actual washing! You only need to select the washing cycle that works best for the load size! Just make sure to choose cold or warm water to avoid melting the fibers with too much heat.
Step 5. Air-dry the cloths
Microfiber dries pretty quickly, so a little sun and air will do the trick! Just line them in a clothesline under the sun or in a well-ventilated room. You can also machine-dry the rags, but make sure to avoid high temperatures, or the fibers will melt.
Method #2. Washing microfiber cloths by hand
Doing a whole laundry load can be overkill if you only have a couple of dirty microfiber cloths. So, when you just want to wash one or two cloths (or make sure you scrub even the tiniest of stains off), you can hand wash them in five easy steps!
Step 1. Prepare your cleaning solution
For this method, a bowl filled with a simple dish soap or laundry detergent and water solution works perfectly! —You can also add a splash of white vinegar if your microfibers are smelly.
Step 2. Shake the cloths over a trash can
The less debris, the better! Shaking the cloths over a trash bin will remove any loose dirt. This will also let you focus solely on stains when washing the cloths in the next step.
Step 3. Scrub and soak the cloths
This step is the one that takes the most time and effort. You need to place your microfiber cloths inside the bowl and rub them together to remove the grime—pay special attention to the deeply stained spots.
Then, leave them soaking for at least fifteen minutes. Then, scrub them once again. Depending on how dirty it is, you may have to repeat the scrubbing until you see no more stains.
Step 4. Rinse and wring the cloths
After you’re done scrubbing your cloths until you’re satisfied, rinse the soap or detergent off so they don’t remain and clog the fibers. Then, wring them out to remove the excess water and make them easier to dry.
Step 5. Air-dry the cloths
Once you’re done wringing, all that’s left to do is leave the cloths out to air-dry or sun-dry. If you’re going to use the dryer, avoid high heat, or the rags will be ruined! Now, you can go back to using them as always.
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