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How to clean a microfiber cloth to make sure it is properly sanitized

Learn how to clean a microfiber cloth to keep it fresh and efficient with these easy washing techniques. Microfiber cloths may be a dream for easier cleaning around the home, but they work best when properly washed.

A microfiber cloth is effective for many types of cleaning because it works dry or with water, and no chemicals are needed. A high quality microfiber cloth can contain more than three million fibers per square inch. The millions of fibers include polyester fibers with a positive charge and nylon fibers with a negative charge. Together, they attract and hold dirt, fluids, and bacteria on whatever gets cleaned.

Microfiber cloths are also reusable, so using one saves money and reduces paper towel use and our impact on the environment. Microfiber cloths can be used for all kinds of cleaning tasks, from dusting and mopping floors to cleaning the kitchen or cleaning glass or tile, including when looking to clean windows so they shine . But how is it better to keep them to clean? This guide will show you how to effectively clean a microfiber cloth so that it doesn’t unintentionally spread dirt and germs and keep it in good condition.

How often should I clean a microfiber cloth?

Microfiber cloths do a lot of work, so it’s important to rinse them after each use. However, it is wise to disinfect your cloth every week if you use it frequently, and after each deep cleaning that you have used it for. While sanitizing is not the same as sanitizing, it reduces the level of bacteria in the microfiber cloth more than a quick rinse.

Three easy ways to clean your microfiber cloth

Here are three methods for properly sanitizing your microfiber cloths. Remember that proper care will help prolong their life. Much like learning how to clean an iron and how to clean a dishwasher, keeping the appliances and tools you use regularly in your cleaning routine will help keep your home hygienic.

1. Soak and rinse the microfiber cloth after each use.

Sometimes all you need is a simple rinse to keep your microfiber cloth in good condition.

Directions:

  1. After using the microfiber cloth, shake off any dirt that is on the outside or on top of a trash can.
  2. See the care label for instructions. This will probably suggest that you rinse the cloth with lukewarm or hot water.
  3. Fill the sink with water of the appropriate temperature.
  4. Rub the cloth in the water with your hands, then let it soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Wipe the cloth again before rinsing it under the tap.
  6. Continue rinsing until the rinse water runs clear, then wring out the cloth.
  7. Hang it up to dry.

2. Machine wash and dry weekly

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Every week, it’s best to properly clean your microfiber cloth in the laundry, especially if your microfiber cloth is used frequently. Throw it in the laundry every week after shaking and rinsing off most loose dirt.

Some tips for washing your microfiber cloth in the washing machine:

  • Do not use bleach, fabric softener, harsh soaps or perfumes on the microfiber cloth, they may damage or coat the fibers of the microfiber cloth.
  • Instead, use a little mild detergent and run a delicate cycle. If the cloth is a little smelly, white vinegar can be added in the washing machine.
  • If you have enough microfiber cloths to have your own load, that’s best. Washing them with other fabrics can be hard on the fibers and leave lint on the microfiber cloth, especially if the microfiber cloths are washed with cotton towels or clothes.
  • Rags that are used less frequently can simply be added to the laundry when they appear dirty or when they are not performing as well as usual.
  • Of course, also make sure to keep your washing machine clean, so that it can do a good job.
  • Check the care label on the microfiber cloth to see what is recommended for drying. You may be able to tumble dry it, but some types of microfiber cloths, such as floor and wall dusters, require special handling.
  • Microfiber cloths dry quickly if hung up. If you put them in the dryer, use low heat or no heat and don’t add dryer sheets or balls.

3. Boil the cloth for a thorough cleaning

Microfiber cloths that smell a bit bad or don’t perform as well as usual can be boiled on the stovetop in water with a quarter cup of baking soda for 10 to 15 minutes. Check out our guides on how to remove carpet stains and clean grout for more tips on how to use baking soda in your kitchen and bathroom cleaning routines.


Make your microfiber cloths last

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Premium microfiber cloths can be a good investment. Cleaning and disinfecting them properly will help extend their lifespan and keep them in good working order in your home. Along with proper cleaning, other decisions help extend the life of your microfiber cloths.

Here are a few tips :

  • These cleaning cloths should be stored together so that they do not attract lint from other fabrics.
  • Use only water with microfiber cloths, as they are not as effective with chemicals.
  • Do not iron them, as they may melt.

What’s the best way to use a microfiber cloth?

The cloth should be dry for dusting, but it may be damp for other cleaning purposes.

For more efficient use when cleaning with a microfiber cloth, fold the cloth several times so that you have a clean section each time you fold back, switching to a clean section of the cloth every few minutes, or sooner if the rag also stops picking up dirt as before.