How to Wash Microfiber Cloths. They started as the fabled Miracle Cloths and became the everyday substitute for regular cloth rags. Microfiber cloths have worked their way into household tasks that rags, sponges or other cleaning utensils used to do. That's because microfiber cloths are light, easy to clean and reuse and good for attracting dirt and lint. The specially woven synthetic cloths will last a long time if you know how to take care of them.
Wash a Few Microfiber Cloths by Hand
Separate any cloths that have been used with harsh cleaners or solvents, such as turpentine, and wash them separately.
Prepare your wash water in a bucket. Add 1 tsp. or more of laundry soap per gallon of cold water and swish it to make suds.
Pretreat stained cloths with stain remover, and let them sit for a while.
Wash six to eight cloths at a time. Dunk and soak them for a bit. Then, wring the soapy water through them.
Rinse the cloths thoroughly in cold, running water.
Wash very dirty cloths separately. You may need to use warm or hot water and multiple soaks to get them clean.
Hang microfiber cloths to air dry completely before putting them away.
Machine Wash a Load of Microfiber Cloths
Create a separate load for heavily soiled cloths or those used with toxic cleaners or finishing products. Set these aside.
Use stain remover on visible oil or grease spots and let treated items sit for a short period.
Adjust the washing machine's water level to small, medium or large, covering the amount of microfiber cloths you are cleaning.
Select a cold-water wash and normal or gentle cycle, depending on the weight of the load.
Start the washing machine and add soap according to the package directions.
Wash the extra-soiled load separately in warm or hot water, depending on the degree of the grime you see.
Dry a whole load of cloths in the dryer on low, or hang them to air dry if you have the space.
Use a stain remover on cloths that you employ for cleaning. A great source for such removers is the pet-care aisle. Some pet carpet cleaners are all-purpose stain lifters. Check the labels. Microfiber cloths dry very fast due to their construction. If you want to save on dryer power, hang the cloths, and they'll dry in no time.
Avoid heat, as it will damage and shrink microfiber cloths. Keep them away from prolonged contact with wet or dry heat.