How To Clean Microfibre Cloths

Microfibre cloths have a well-earned reputation for picking up and retaining bacteria, dust, dirt and grime. They are unique and versatile and can be used in a variety of ways, from cleaning surfaces to wiping screens and lenses. But, since they trap the dirt that they pick up, they do need a good clean on a regular basis. So, here is a guide to keeping your microfibre cloths in pristine condition and prolonging their useful life.


If we are to clean our microfibre cloths well, it’s important for us to understand what we are dealing with. What we have here is a synthetic material consisting of polyester and nylon, or polyamide. Each fibre is so thin, it represents 1/1000th of the thickness of a human hair. These fibres have been woven together into a cloth with a surface area that is significantly greater then other materials, making it much more absorbent of both dirt and liquid.

This means that microfibre’s unique construction demands a specific method of cleaning to reflect its enhanced cleaning capabilities. Inappropriate cleaning methods can damage the cloth and reduce its effectiveness.


  1. Rinse your cloths after use in warm water. Do not use hot water as this will damage the fibres. Warm water releases trapped dirt and particles by opening up the fibres. Gently rubbing the cloth in the water will release any stubborn particles.
  • Hand washing. If step one has not cleaned your cloth sufficiently, hand washing is the next option. Place a small amount of detergent in a bowl and add warm water. Bleach or fabric softeners can damage the microfibres, so avoid using these. Waggle the cloth around in the water and rub it between your fingers to dislodge any particles clinging to the fibres. Then rinse well to wash out any lingering detergent.
  • Machine washing. This is an option for particularly well-used cloths, but be careful to avoid bleach or fabric softeners and only use a mild detergent. Be sure to wash your microfibre cloths on their own, or they will pick up lint from other materials.
  • Drying. Always air dry, if possible. If you have to use a dryer, use a low heat or no-heat setting as heat can damage and melt the fibres. For the same reason, never iron your microfibre cloths.


  1. Avoid bleach and fabric softeners, which can damage your cloths.
  2. Wash separately from other laundry items to avoid picking up lint.
  3. Rinse cloths immediately after use to retain ease of cleaning.
  4. Have several cloths and rotate their use so as not to overuse.
  5. Replace when necessary. Microfibre cloths still wear out so, once you notice they have become less effective, replace them.


Microfibre cloths are a wonderfully effective cleaning aid – cost-effective and eco-friendly. If you follow these steps, they will continue to be effective for a long time.