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Microfibre Cloths: The Ultimate Cleaning Tool

lady wearing green gloves using a blue microfibre cloth to clean bathroom walls

The first rule of household cleaning is to put together a kit of cleaning essentials so that you have everything you need to keep a clean and tidy home. The second rule is to do the actual work! Yes, without putting in the time and effort it takes to maintain cleanliness in the home, your cleaning kit is useless. That is precisely why homeowners look for the best cleaners and cleaning tools available to make household cleaning quick and easy. Among these efficient products, one truly stands out for its multi-purpose benefits, effectiveness, and durability – we’re talking about microfibre cloths!

If you’ve never used these handy cleaning cloths before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise! The joy of cleaning with microfibre cloths can be attributed to its effectiveness in picking up dust and dirt instantly while being gentle enough to use on any type of surface. 

Now, before we talk about just how amazing this ultimate cleaning tool is, let’s learn more about what they are, and what makes them so useful for cleaning.

What are Microfibre Cloths?

a stack of multicoloured microfibre cloths

When you look for microfibre cloths online, you will find quite a few different types available. While they may not look the same and serve different purposes, their construction remains the same. Microfibre cloths are a product of fine synthetic fibres that are closely weaved resulting in a large volume of fibres per square inch. Any cloth with a similar structure is known to be extremely absorbent, and that’s no different with microfibre cloths. In fact, they can soak up water that measures between 5 – 6 times their actual weight!

Upon friction between these incredibly fine fibres, static electricity is created which further aids in effectively picking up fine dust and germs. Because of this additional benefit, you get a deeper clean when using microfibre cloths as compared to dust cloths made from other materials.   

The Top Four Benefits of Using Microfibre Cloths

Maidforyou cleaning lady cleaning a bedframe with a blue microfibre cloth

Now that you know what microfibre cloths are, let’s talk about how beneficial these tools are for household cleaning.  

1. They are Multi-Purpose Cleaning Tools

Whether you are dusting the furniture, washing windows, wiping up spills, or scrubbing the inside of your refrigerator, a microfibre cloth is handy in almost any situation related to household cleaning. Moreover, as we mentioned earlier, there are different types of microfibre cloths, each of which come with their own set of advantages and intended uses.

Our advice is to stock up on various types of microfibre cloths ranging from ultra-fine fibres that are smooth, super-soft, and ideal for cleaning electronics and screens, to extra-textured cloths for more heavy-duty tasks like cleaning kitchen surfaces and tough grime.

2. They are Stronger than Other Materials

It’s true what they say – “there is strength in numbers”. In this case, owing to the sheer number of fibres used to construct a single microfibre cloth, these cleaning tools are far more durable than other types of cleaning cloths made from materials with weaker weaves and fewer fibres. Although it’s advisable to stock up on microfibre cloths, you should know that a single piece will last you a long time!

To top it off, microfibre cloths are often used for heavy-duty cleaning tasks that involve vigorous scrubbing and/or tackling hardened dirt and grime; yet they don’t tear or fray until used to the max! While you may not want to take our word for it, we urge you to switch to microfiber cloths and see for yourself just how long-lasting they are! 

3. They are Effective in Most Areas of Home Cleaning

Being a multi-purpose cleaning tool is great, but what’s even better is the fact that microfibre cloths are extremely effective in serving these varied cleaning purposes. Commonly used for picking up dust, when compared to other types of dust cloths, microfibre cloths are 10x more effective, often needing just one quick swipe to clean dust off a surface. 

Their high absorbency levels also make them useful for drying surfaces and wiping up liquid spills. Depending on their structure, these cloths can also substitute abrasive materials to successfully scrub away tough grime without causing any scratches or damage to surfaces.

4. They are Reusable/Economical

It’s important to care for your microfibre cloths in order to prolong their lifespan. Because they are reusable and durable, they can be machine-washed or hand-washed in warm soapy water, thoroughly rinsed, and then hung to dry. This, of course, is only when they require a deep clean or routine clean.

For microfibre dust cloths that are used daily, a simple rinse to remove dirt will suffice. Always make sure to dry the cloths properly before storing them away as folded damp cloths in a cabinet are prone to mould/mildew. When you find that your microfibre cloths are getting discoloured, frayed, or losing their plushness or original texture, that means it’s time to say goodbye and replace them with a fresh set!

Cleaning experts at MaidForYou say that once you start using microfibre cloths, there’s no going back! In fact, more often than not, a simple homemade cleaning solution and a trusty ‘ol microfibre cloth are all you need to clean up household surfaces, furniture, home appliances, and more!

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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