After car coating, you will need to wash off the dust and grime to make it shine, SHINE. Want your car clean? First, get into microfiber. Throw away the old t-shirt cleaning rag. Throw away your sponge. Throw away the cotton towel. These are not to be used in the 21st century. Use them, and you are telling the world you are “too cheap” or you are “too clueless.” Sorry to say it so “in your face.” But throw these old fashioned cleaning cloths away, and go microfiber. Go Modern: Microfiber.
Microfiber products are absolutely essential to high quality detailing for both the interior and exterior of any vehicle. Microfiber towels, applicators, wash mitts and pads are used in virtually every area of detailing. You should use microfiber products to clean the paint, leather, wheels, glass, interior and so much more. The uses are literally endless so you can never have enough top quality microfiber products. If the shop that washes your car
using the sponge or the old rag, stop going to them. They are only causing damage.
Investing in quality microfiber and caring for them will greatly increase your results while saving you time and money in the long run. The life of your microfiber products will vary based on the quality of the towel and how well you care for them. Not all microfiber towels are created equal so low quality towels may feel nice at first but they often break down rapidly with just a few washes.
Microfiber is made up of a unique blend of materials with an innovative weave and fiber designs made of ultra fine synthetic yarn. The synthetic yarn is usually comprised of 70% – 80% polyester with 20% – 30% polyamide depending on the specific towel. Each strand is approximately 0.2 denier, which is equivalent to 1/20th of a strand of silk or 1/100th of a human hair. The cross section of a microfiber strand resembles an asterisk (*), which allows them to collect and trap particles whereas traditional towels push particles around or temporarily collect them. On dry surfaces the microfiber towels use electrostatic energy to easily lift and collect large amounts of dust, dirt and other particles in to the micro-wedges of each fiber.
All microfiber is not the same. We recommend you maintain 3 groups of towels, storing them in separate containers. The first is the new towels that you use on the most sensitive surfaces such as the exterior paint, gauges, navigation screens. The second group are towels still in great condition but may be a bit worn, which we use for interior cleanings, glass care, leather treatments, etc. All other towels in the third group may have visible stains and be noticeably worn down. Use these towels for your dirty jobs like cleaning the exhaust tips, engine bay detailing, door jambs, etc.
When you receive your towels you should wash them just to ensure they are clean and free from any contaminants they may have come in contact with while in transit. Before washing any microfiber make sure you have removed any stickers or labels that come on some new microfiber towels. Never wash microfiber towels with any other fabrics as the microfiber towels will collect the lint, which can greatly reduce the effectiveness of any microfiber product. Microfiber is virtually free of lint so you can wash them with other microfiber products only. Do not use any detergent with fabric softener or bleach in it. Using fabric softener will deposit a coating on the microfiber strands that clogs the pores, which reduces absorbency, cleaning ability and can lead to streaking.. If you are looking for additional cleaning power you can add one teaspoon per towel of distilled white vinegar.
When you are done washing the towels you can air dry them to be extra cautious, however many detailers need the help of a dryer due to time constraints which is fine. Do not use any dryer sheets and make sure you have cleaned the lint filter and removed any other lint particles. Again the microfiber towels will collect lint from other fabrics so do not dry it with other fabrics. Excessive heat can harm the long term health of the towel.
Summary (Dos and Don’ts)
- Always remove any tags on microfiber products to minimize the risk of marring the paint
- Always wash new microfiber towels prior to using them for the first time
- Never use fabric softener when washing or drying your towels
- Group your towels together, such as paint safe towels, wheel and tire towels, interior towels, etc.
- Adding distilled white vinegar to your rinse cycle can help further clean your microfiber
- If your towels lose their absorbency, try boiling them to dissolve product and reopen the pores
- Always wash your microfiber with microfiber, avoid mixing them with other fabrics