Microfibre Pros

Technology has given us many things, both practical and marvelous. And just about everything we take for granted in our day to day lives has come to us in the last century or so. Radio, television, the internet, rockets to the moon, microfibre cloths.

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Technology has given us many things, both practical and marvelous. And just about everything we take for granted in our day to day lives has come to us in the last century or so. Radio, television, the internet, rockets to the moon, microfibre cloths.

Wait, what?

Natural fibres such as cotton have long been a staple in being used to make clothing and cloths for household use. However technology has come into play, and “synthetic polymers”, polyester and polyamide (found in products such as nylon) are used to make cleaning cloths that are measurably superior to the more traditional elements.

The name microfibre gives a very strong hint to the nature of these fantastic materials. The micro part identifies the slimness of the fibres. They’re down to around 1/100th the width of that wonderful yardstick, the human hair.

This means that many, many, more of them can be packed into the same area as thicker natural fibres, and it also means that the overall working surface area is increased as a result.

Also, the sheer (small) size of a microfibre means that they’re far better are attracting, via a process called “van der Waal’s forces”, the same sized specks of dirt, dust, and muck that are in a windscreen, a car’s console, a leather seat in a classic car.

Even the actual structure of a microfibre adds to its power. There’s almost a central spine with spokes that come off, rather than a solid core, and a smooth one, that cotton has.

This has a different effect when it comes to cleaning the synthetic fibre compared to the natural. Because a microfibre cloth is naturally, for want of a better word, better at attracting and removing dirt, it doesn’t require, ironically, the addition of a cleaning fluid nearly as much as a natural fibre cloth does in order to pick out and up the dirt particles.

A cleaning fluid with a natural fibre cloth needs a goodly amount of fluid to assist in breaking down the dirt. However, a microfibre cloth can work better with a damp, not wet, not dry, surface.