How To Wash Microfiber

By: The Cleancult Team

March 06, 2018

Properly caring for microfiber towels can be extremely easy, if you know the rules. Cleaning microfiber towels is an important step to maintaining all the different tools you clean with them. Washing and drying microfiber towels properly ensures towels last longer, stay softer, and produce better results. On the other hand, washing your towels without the necessary precautions can ruin your towel collection and lead to unwanted, poor results. Towels, dusters, and mops made of microfiber can last years! Just remember to follow these tips and advice.

Separate Your Towels

As you surely know, there are many different types of towels and cleaning supplies made from microfiber for everything, from cleaning and drying your car, to cleaning floors, furniture, electronics and glass. Microfiber towels that are used for cleaning car wheels are definitely going to be dirtier than cloths used to clean your kitchen counters. So, before washing, it can be helpful to separate your microfiber cloths into groups based on what you clean with them. Washing your towels in separate groups reduces the change of cross-contamination during the washing process. So, to ensure microfiber is washed properly, separate the cloths before washing.


Use an adequate detergent

Choosing the correct detergent to wash your microfiber cloths with is very important. To reduce damage and extend the life of your towels it’s very important to choose a gentle detergent. It could be liquid or powdered detergent or even laundry pods, just be sure to use a gentle detergent. Unscented detergents work better, since they are usually not as harsh as regular, mainstream laundry detergent.

Never use fabric softener when washing microfiber cloths, though! Fabric softener clogs the porous material, resulting in less effective cleaning of surfaces and reducing the life of your towels. Wash in any washer, with a gentle detergent, but never with fabric softener.

Select the best washing settings

Now it’s time to wash the microfiber! Place all the microfiber goods you intend to wash in the washing machine drum. Select “warm” or “hot” for the water temperature. Why? Because, washing microfiber with hot water opens the fibers to release dirt and grease. Therefore granting you a cleaner cloth. Select “regular” speed to properly clean the dirt out of the microfiber goods. Add a little of liquid or powder detergent (or throw a laundry pod with those bad boys). Press start and allow the machine to do the work.


To ensure a longer lasting microfiber, air drying is definitely the way to go. Once your towels are washed, just hang them and leave them to dry on the fresh air. This will ensure that the heat in a drying machine won’t damage the material and that they dry completely without leaving behind any smells. Because microfiber dries so quickly, air drying is not going to be the hassle and time-consuming chore that it usually is. Don’t worry!

If you do decide to dry them on a tumble dryer, it’s very important to choose a low heat option, because extremely high heat will damage the material.

Fold and store

Next, fold your towels, mops or other cleaning materials and store them in a clean cabinet or container. Be sure to store them in a clean space, so as to not get them dirty, since they could then transfer that dirt into whatever surface you’re going to be cleaning with them.

So now you know! Cleaning microfiber towels is not time consuming at all and doing so correctly will extend their life considerably. Just remember, wash in warm or hot water, with a gentle detergent, and never tumble dry in high heat. Air drying is the way to go!