Have you ever used a Microfiber Towel? I would be willing to bet you have, whether you realized it, or not. I would also be willing to be that you have seen Microfiber Material, in other products, as well.
Microfiber Material is pretty common these days. It is being used to make Upholstery, Knits, Mats, Industrial Filters, and Microfiber Towels. Depending on what the Microfiber is being used for, the size, shape, and combination of the synthetic fibers, which make up Microfiber, get individually selected.
This selection will determine specific characteristics, such as Filtering Capabilities, Water Repellency, Water Absorption, Softness, Toughness & Electrostatics. In this article, we will be specifically covering the common “All-Purpose” Microfiber Towel, and how it is used in Automotive Detailing.
We will not be covering Flat Woven Microfiber Towels, which are uniquely woven, for specific cleaning purposes (I.E. Glass, Suede, Waffle Weave, etc.).
So let’s start with answering the question, “What is a Microfiber Towel?”.
What is a Microfiber Towel Made of?
A Microfiber Towel is made of, well, many Microfibers. Microfibers are typically created from Polyester & Polyamide. These “Micro” Fibers measure about 1/5, the size of a human hair.
You may hear people say that Microfibers measure less than 1 denier. You may hear this because Microfibers are officially measured in denier. The denier measurement, is the measurement of a Fiber’s diameter. To be considered a Microfiber, the diameter, of each Microfiber, must be less than 1 denier, which is equal to 10 micrometers.
Each Microfiber strand is a combination Polyester & Polyamide. This combination is usually about 70% Polyester & 30% Polyamide. The mating, of these two materials, brings together two great cleaning solutions, into one Fiber.
No other Towel can compete with the Microfiber Towel’s cleaning capabilities. In this marriage, the Polyester provides the cleaning, and scrubbing power, while the Polyamide provides the quick drying, and absorbency powers.
How Do You Know if Your Microfiber Towel is High Quality?
That’s a great question! How do you know if your Microfiber Towel is of High Quality? To determine if your Microfiber Towel is of High Quality, you need to find out:
- How Durable is your Microfiber Towel? (I.E. How well will it hold up over time?)
- How Absorbent is your Microfiber Towel? (I.E. How well will it suck up liquids?)
- How well does your Microfiber Towel pick up dirt & dust?
How Durable is your Microfiber Towel?
To find out how Durable your Microfiber Towel is, we need to find out what your the Towel’s Weight (In GSM) is, how stretchy your Towel is, if you can see a lot of sunlight through your Towel, and what does your Towel’s Edges look like.
Your Microfiber Towel should weigh at least 250 GSM (Grams Per Square Meter). The Website/Store, which you purchased your Towels from, should have this information. If they don’t list it, you could weigh it yourself, if you have a GSM Scale. As a side note, if the Website/Store doesn’t list this information, you may want to avoid them in the future, since this such an important detail.
Your Microfiber Towel should not stretch easily, or allow a lot of light to pass through it. To check this, hold your Towel up to the Sun, and attempt to stretch it out. While stretching it out, check to see if you can see a lot of sunlight through it. If your Towel stretches out easily, or you can see a lot of sunlight, through your Towel, then you most likely don’t have a High Quality Towel.
Your Microfiber Towel’s edges should be neatly sewn, and should not look frayed. If the edges are like this, it will help prevent fraying, and is an indication that the Towel should hold up to multiple Washing Machine Cycles.
How Absorbent is your Microfiber Towel?
To find out how Absorbent your Microfiber Towel is, we need to find out how well your Towel absorbs spills, instead of just pushing the spill around the surface. To check this, pour some water, on a smooth, flat surface. Then, place your Microfiber Towel, just before the water, and slowly slide the Towel, on the surface, and towards the water.
If your Towel pushes the Water away, it’s not very Absorbent. If it sucked up the water, like a vacuum, then it’s a High Quality Microfiber Towel. If your Towel did a little of both, then it still good, it’s just not the High Quality you might have thought it was.
Higher Quality Microfiber Towels clean up spills, and dry faster, and better, than Lower Quality Towels.
How well does your Microfiber Towel pick up dirt & dust?
To find out how well does your Microfiber Towel pick up dirt & dust, we need to find out if your Microfiber Towel is made with Split Microfiber, and how small each Fiber is. To check this, run the Microfiber Towel across your hand. Does it catch on your hand? Does it have a “Grippy” type of feel? If so, then the Towel was made with Split Microfiber.
Split Microfiber Towels go through a Splitting Process, which leave the cross section, of the Fibers, looking like an asterisk. The spaces, in between the asterisks, of the Fibers, is what gives your Towel the ability to pick up dirt, dust & liquid. If your Towel doesn’t catch on your hand, then it is not made with Split Microfibers, and will not be any better than a Cotton Towel!
Smaller Fibers can pick up more dirt & dust, than larger Fibers. Higher Quality Fibers are made with .5 Denier, or smaller, Fibers. This smaller size Fiber allows the Towel to pick up many types of Bacteria, Microbes and Germs.
How Do We Use The Microfiber Towel for Automotive Cleaning?
The Microfiber Towel can be used for many applications, both Automotive Related and Non-Automotive Related. For this Article, let’s stick to how we can use it for Automotive Cleaning.
You can use the Microfiber Towel, for many Automotive Cleaning Tasks. These tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Cleaning your Windows
- Cleaning your Interior
- Cleaning your Leather Seating Surfaces
- Drying your Vehicle, After Washing.
- Cleaning your Wheels/Rims
- Cleaning your Tires
- Cleaning your Vehicle’s Exterior Painted Surfaces
- Cleaning your Headlights & Taillights
- Cleaning your Engine Bay
You can use the Microfiber Towel with, and without, Cleaners. In fact, since a High Quality Microfiber Towel is so Absorbent, you are actually better off using the Towel without Cleaners, if the surface is not too dirty. This is because Cleaners can sometimes leave a residue, on most surfaces.
I Know, That Was a Lot of Information About Microfiber Towels!
It really was LOL! Hopefully, this article helped you learn a lot about Microfiber Towels. I hope it made you realize how versatile, and useful, a High Quality Microfiber Towel can be.
Now that you know, I would hope you start your next Automtive Cleaning project with some fresh High Quality Microfiber Towels.
As always, If you have a particular question, or comment, please feel free to leave it below.
Have a Great Day,