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Microfiber Cleaning Tools – Protect Your Investment

Microfiber cleaning tools have taken the industry by storm! The truth is, they work extremely well for many types of cleaning. Either reducing or eliminating the amount of chemicals it takes to clean, is an attractive proposition for many people. I have been using microfiber cleaning to some degree, for years and it just keeps getting better.

Recently I was working with a customer that I had introduced microfiber cleaning  systems to. He expressed a concern about the effectiveness of the system. They have been using the same microfiber cleaning cloths and mops for over a year. They were making sure to wash them regularly and to not use fabric softeners in the process.

As I inspected the cloths they looked to be  in good shape and were recently cleaned, but felt different to the touch. I took some water in a trigger sprayer and tried to clean some glass. The cloth didn’t do much to the smudges and just pushed the water around. It felt like a regular cleaning cloth.

Caring For Microfiber Cleaning Tools

The problem, in the end, was the detergent being used to wash the microfiber. It was name brand, powdered laundry soap. It did not have a fabric softener in it, but come to find out, the person that was in charge of washing was using more than the recommended amount. The soap residue was clogging up the openings in the microfiber that usually grab and hold on to the dirt. This was also the case with their mops.

In an attempt to reverse the issue, they stopped using the detergent and started using a hydrogen peroxide cleaner in its place. This seemed to make an improvement, but, even after a few weeks, they were not as effective as when they were new.


The best advice is to launder your microfiber cleaning tools with warm, not hot, water and use a neutral, non-detergent, liquid cleaner.  In most cases, microfiber cleaning cloths, mops and dusters will come clean with agitation and rinsing. Remember, what ever you were cleaning with is a cleaning chemical, so don’t overload on the detergent. In some cases, a cleaning agent may need to be used while laundering if they are saturated with heavy soils but if they have been used for routine cleaning, just throw them in the wash.

Protect your investment and keep enjoying the results of  your microfiber cleaning!


7 replies
  1. Mel
    Mel says:

    Hi Bald Guy Clean,,

    I was wondering if you had any experience in washing the microfibres with Wool Wash?
    I have the Sabco ones and would be mortified if anything happened to my handy cleaning friends.


  2. matt
    matt says:

    I have had good luck cleaning them with alcohol. What are your thoughts on this. We use over 100 a week and we need them to be as clean as possible

    • BaldGuyClean
      BaldGuyClean says:

      Matt. Thank you for your comment. Alcohol will surly remove the majority of the dirt from microfiber, but I would caution that it could damage the fibers of the cloth itself. Alcohol can degrade some plastics and shorten their usable life. In addition, alcohol is flammable and could be a fire risk during the cleaning process. There are safer ways to clean microfiber. I have no doubt that it is effective in the short run, but the liability, in my opinion, isn’t worth the risk.


    • BaldGuyClean
      BaldGuyClean says:

      Hi Tracy, The best way is to simply wash them in hot water without fabric softener and very little detergent. The soap in the detergent can clog the microfiber and cause it to lose it’s ability to clean.

      Best of luck! BGC


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