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Steps to keeping microfiber towels working well

April 13, 2014
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Microfiber towels have been increasing in market share because they work well, and there are many good products out there, according to Joe Gartland, the owner of Towels by Doctor Joe. However, there are things that must be done to keep these towels working well. For example, Marketing Director at ERC Wiping Products Danielle Harsip warns to never wash microfiber with terry towels. Here are the basics you'll need to know to get the most out of microfiber towels.

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  • Microfiber towels must first be washed before they’re used, due to a finish on the towel, Gartland said.
  • The towel then needs to be dried at “very low heat, if not air dried,” said Gartland. If the towels are dried at high heat, the fibers will melt together. Harsip warned that drying at high heat is the main reason microfiber towels are ruined.
  • Color-code the towels, and only use them for specific jobs, notes Gartland. “Keep them separate, and wash them separate,” he said.

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  • There’s a right towel for each job, Gartland said. A small black towel is good for door jambs, for example, because the oil will get on the towel, and you don’t want the oil getting on the entire vehicle.
  • After frequent use, a microfiber towel will go from bushy to the fibers clumping together, and it will become less effective. Harsip said detergents should be used for washing the towel. She also recommends adhering to all directions for the product. “Follow the care instructions on the tag, such as cold water washing, no fabric softener, no bleach.”

When microfiber towels are treated well, they’ll last for a long time, and provide great value for your wash, Gartland said. Follow these steps to help make sure that you get the most out of them.

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