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Microfiber cloths have a permanent place in the pantry of every household. That’s because everyone knows how good these microfiber cloths are at cleaning and there’s no other opinion about it. However while we agree that microfiber cloths can do wonders when it comes to cleaning, there are certain myths about this particular cleaning tool that need to addressed. Here in this article we’re listing down all the popular myths about microfiber and we’ve debunked them here.

MYTH: Microfiber has chemical properties that favor spotless cleaning.

Not true! There’s nothing chemical about microfiber cloths. All they do is work through their mechanical action. They have the same properties as a cleaning towels but the major difference is in the shape of the tiny or micro fibers of this particular cleaning cloth. The micro finger-like fibers of microfiber cloth are excellent at catching dust bunnies in nooks and crannies of your home. The more they are in number the better they will be at gathering dust. You can get advanced and more technically forward microfiber cloths in the market as well. These advanced cloths contain over millions of grooves and projections that can catch more than hundred times the standard amount of hair. That’s why these cloths are used to bring the shine back in wooden and glass surfaces. But one thing’s for sure – microfiber cloths certainly do not have any chemical properties in them!

MYTH: You can get any microfiber cloth – every one’s the same anyway

That’s not true either. Don’t just go jumping towards the microfiber cloth that’s the cheapest. There are all kinds of manufacturers of these cloths and just like any other item you buy, the quality of the materials they use as well the manufacturing methods they employ greatly differs. If you were looking for the best quality of microfiber cloth in the market, we suggest leaning towards an option that uses a mixture of polyester and polyamide. The polyester is excellent for absorbing oils and grease from the surfaces you’re cleaning whereas the polyamide works to remove and absorb water. Other important differences that might make the price tag vary include the manufacturing method, the tools and machinery they use, patterns, meantime etc. Although you won’t be able to know all of these details when you’re shopping for microfiber cloths in the store but the cheapest deal will definitely not be the cloth you’d want to buy. If you invest in microfiber cloths that are poorly made and processed you could be looking into a poorly done cleaning job with the fiber threads breaking and absorbing oils and water inadequately. Poorly manufactured microfiber cloths also have a pretty short lifespan compared to the more advanced types. Therefore, not all microfiber cloths are the same and it’s important to know the difference before you put one in your cart.

MYTH: You can wash your microfiber cloths in the laundry with the rest of your clothes.

Don’t make this heinous mistake! Not only will you be ruining the quality of your microfiber cloth but you’ll also be spending hours with a lint roller to remove the fibers from the rest of your clean clothes. If you want to make the most out of your microfiber cloths, it’s important that you wash them in a timely manner and in a proper way as instructed by the manufacturers. Usually you’d want to run the machine in warm water. Steer clear from too hot or cold. You should also use a small cycle time setting with less drying time. Microfiber cloths are sensitive to abrasive cleaning agents. That’s why we recommend using simple fabric softener and mild, non-abrasive detergents to wash the microfiber cloths. You can also dry the cloth in a plastic drying ball to help it retain its fluffiness and original texture. These washing and drying instructions are important to make sure that your microfiber cloths are always in a good shape and that they live a long time before you need to replace them.

MYTH: No need to wash the microfiber cloth with detergents – simple water will do too!

It’s true that you don’t need to throw your microfiber cloth into the laundry machine after every use. Sometimes simple water to clean the dust away will suffice. The water can remove the dust, grease and oils on a regular basis but if you want to go for deep cleaning, simple cleaning with water won’t do. You’ll need to wash the microfiber cloth with detergents if you want to remove hardened soap scum and dirt and germs completely. However for everyday cleaning, washing the microfiber cloth with simple water and a soapy mixture will get the job done.

MYTH: Silver added to microfiber will make it a disinfectant.

Although silver added to microfiber cloth won’t make it a disinfectant per se but it will impart some antibacterial properties. Adding silver chemical agent to these cloths can kill of germs to a certain extent but if you thought it will stop the flu or other allergies in your house, think again. To completely disinfect and kill off the germs in your house, you will need an actual disinfectant solution. Microfiber cloth is good enough to clean the dirt and germs away and adding silver to it can make it a more potent cleaner. But that doesn’t mean the allergies running rampant in your house will just vanish!

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