Posted by James Dudra on January 29, 2014
Microfiber towels are pretty incredible aren't they? It seems like whatever you throw at them they'll clean up. Whether it's a kitchen countertop or car hood, they can make anything look good. Regardless, over time your towels will just accumulate too much dirt and debris and need to be washed. We'll show you how to properly wash microfiber towels and get them back in tip-top shape.
Separate your Microfiber Towels from Regular Laundry
As you've probably experienced first-hand, microfiber towels are extremely absorbent and attracted to many substances. It's best to keep them separated from your regular laundry due to the fact that hair, lint, and other contaminants can get embedded in their fibers. In fact, if you have some towels that are "excessively" soiled, you may want to wash these in their own load as well.
Pre-treat Excessively Soiled Towels
Some towels may require a little extra oomph during their wash. Pick out towels that have heavy grease, dirt, brake dust or other contaminants and pre-treat them with detergent right on the stain. Let it sit and soak for at least a minute before throwing into the normal load.
Select Your Cleaner
You can get away with using your regular laundry detergent. Just be sure it doesn't contain bleach or fabric softeners which will ruin the towel fibers. There are some specialty microfiber cleaning solutions which work well, but we've never seen any benefit over regular laundry detergent.
Hot Water = Better Cleaning
You'll want to put the towels on warm/hot cycle to get the most amount of dirt released from the towel fibers. If the towels are relatively clean you can opt for a cool/cold cycle. But, the majority of the time you'll find that hot water works better at opening up the hooks and scoops of the microfiber. Also, never use a steam function on the washer as this could potentially damage the towels.
Let 'Em Dry
Once the towels have been washed you can simply let them air dry on a rack. If you're in a bit of a hurry, put them on a LOW heat cycle. High heat will kill the fiber and make the towels brittle. This is never a good thing, especially if you are using the towels for cleaning automotive paint as it will scratch the surface.