How Good is Microfiber for Automotive Cleaning?
Many motorists believe that all microfibers are the same and to remove moisture from the body, clean the windows well or polish the applied protective compounds both inside and outside the car, it is enough just to have just one microfiber cloth in the trunk. Yes, you can, of course, have bought one microfiber, and try to use it everywhere and everywhere, but this approach will not lead to any good results when using it. But let’s talk about everything in order!
What is microfiber?
Microfiber is a term that is used to name very thin fibers (microfibers), and this name also belongs to the technology by which this material is produced. The fibers are made using microfiber technology, which produces fibers less than 0.1 deniers (a unit of linear density of fibers or threads, that is, the ratio of their mass to length). Products made from this material have good strength and incredible softness.
In comparison, microfiber fibers are two times finer than silk fibers, three times finer than cotton fibers, nine times finer than wool fibers, and 100 times finer than a human hair. Four types of synthetic microfibers are currently being produced. They include acrylic, nylon, polyester, and viscose (artificial silk). In this article, we will discuss the microfiber material used in car care products.
How does it work?
At its core, microfiber is just a type of synthetic fabric. The basis of this fabric consists of micro polyester and micro polyamide. In small quantities, viscose, synthetics, natural cotton, and artificial threads are added to the composition. In the industry, finished microfiber products vary in terms of softness, weave type, and moisture absorption.
In the assortment of our store, you can find microfibers of different colors. In fact, there is no special sacred meaning in this. Microfiber manufacturers do this so that a person simply does not get confused in the process. For wheel care, for example, you can choose black microfiber, for polishing protective compounds on the car body – red and for wiping windows and mirrors – pale blue, etc. Let’s take a closer look at which microfibers to use for what.
Microfibers for wiping glasses and mirrors
As a rule, waffle microfibers or fish scale microfibers, or any other smooth weave are used for glass cleaning. In glass cleaning, the main thing is that the glasses become transparent and there are no streaks on them. So that the process of cleaning windows and mirrors of a car is not tedious for you, follow simple rules in this work: It is better to clean the glasses after washing the car itself when the main surface contaminants are removed from their surface and there are no grains of sand. The microfiber car cloths are very effective when cleaning glass, for best results, it is better to use special cleaners.
Microfibers for polishing waxes and applying quick detailers
For these works, it is advisable to use high-quality microfibers with a very soft pile. The soft structure of the fibers ideally polishes applied waxes or other compounds and eliminates possible damage to the paintwork. In the process of polishing the wax on the microfiber, do not apply strong pressure. The microfiber should do the job for you.
Benefits of Microfiber
- Microfiber products can and should be used without cleaning products. Its very structure suggests its use only with water. This does not apply to microfiber products for rough, initial washing, for which there are special products made from this material.
- Removes oil and grease marks well.
- Leaves no lint.
- Microfiber is very soft, but at the same time, it effectively acts on a dirty surface. As shown in the illustration, dust, and dirt gets between the polyester and polyamide segments and stays there. It is only necessary to periodically turn the towel over to a clean side. Thus, the dirt remains inside the microfiber and does not scratch the surface when the microfiber is applied.
- Studies have shown that microfiber towels are effective in removing 99% of bacteria from smooth, non-porous surfaces. And that’s without the use of cleaners.
- Microfiber polishing towels are very gentle on the surface when manually polished.
Application of microfiber
Microfiber is easy to use. For washing, you just need to wet a towel, wring out and wipe the surface with contamination. Polyester, which is part of its composition, wipes dirt well, and polyamide creates excellent absorbency.
It is very convenient to use microfiber for quick cleaning and washing. It quickly removes dust, fingerprints, and traces of dried water.
When using a towel, it is best to wipe the surface in one direction, periodically turning the microfiber over to the clean side until the dirt is gone. A good microfiber will hold small dirt in itself until you submerge it in water. If you rub in back-and-forth movements without changing the side of the towel, then the dirt will be smeared over the surface.