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What is a Micro Fibre?

Apr 22, 2016

Looking at the word we know micro means small and fibre is something like thread or yarn so we can say, in simple terms, microfibre is thin thread. But lets look beyond that.

It is actually a fibre that is thinner than silk, which by the way, is actually several times times thinner than the average human hair~. Microfibres are usually made from polyester and used in the manufacture of mats, can be knitted or woven into  a cloth which is strong, tough, water repellent and has certain electro static qualities. It is the later product and its qualities that are used in the making of cleaning cloths and towels.

When process into a fabric for dusting or cleaning purposes, the electro static qualities of microfibre enable to duster to attract, pick up and retain particles between the extremely fine spaces in the knitted cloth. Now, as each fibre is many 1000's times thinner than the human hair these “spaces” are invisible to the naked human eye. This also contributes to the cloths ability to abstract liquid.

Microfibre used as a cleaning cloth or duster.

Ok, we all know that when we “dust” we do not really remove the dust, or at least, not much, but rather we just tend to move it somewhere else. As we swish our duster over the area, most of the debris is pushed away from the cleaning pad. Ok, I hear you say, but I use a spray and wipe method in my dusting, something like Pledge or Handy Andy.  Well, yes, that does help, but do you really want to be breathing in and exposing your skin to the chemicals used in those products? Beside, yes, they are helpful, but we know a % of dust still escapes doesn't it? Not so terribly effective.

However, the combination of little holes and electro static charge in a micro fibre cloth attracts the dust particles too it, they are collected and held in the duster. Much better for you and the environment, when you are done, just rinse the cloth under water. Or later you can toss it into the washing machine, you can lauder it a few hundred times before you need to replace this... try doing THAT with a cotton cloth!

If you want to do more than just “dust” and have some heavy duty, greasy stains or marks on the sink bench or table you need to deal with, your microfibre cloth can be used wet same as above. If you really must, sure you can add some mild detergent, but the point is to try to avoid those things. Oh, don't have the microfibre cloth soaking wet, it is a highly absorbent material but it does need to have “room” to absorb what ever it is you are trying to remove. So using it damp is generally more effective. And, just as you would with a conventional cotton cloth, don't forget to fold it so you are exposing a new “virgin” portion of the cloth to the soiled area every so often.

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