Like most jobs, cleaning is quicker and easier when you use the right tools. A few years ago I discovered the magical cleaning abilities of microfiber cloths, and they’ve been an indispensable tool in my cleaning toolkit ever since! I felt sure that everyone knew about microfiber cloths and loved them as much as I do, but I recently learned that is not the case. I asked my Facebook followers for their stance on microfiber cloths, and to my great surprise, most of the responders said they didn’t use them! (And some who said they did use them were referring to using the ultra-thin microfiber cloths meant for screens and eyeglass lenses. And while those are really useful too, I’m specifically referring to the fluffier, towel-like microfiber cloths. Just so we’re all on the same page!)
I couldn’t stand the thought that people might not know about the game-changing cleaning powers of microfiber cloths. So I decided that today, that’s exactly what I should share with you! My hope is that by the end of this post, you’ll understand exactly why I believe that microfiber cloths are one of the best cleaning tools money can buy!
3 Benefits Of Cleaning With Microfiber Cloths
1. They’re Super Absorbent
Microfiber cloths are made up of super-fine microfibers that have an asterisk-like structure. All of those nooks and crannies make it incredibly absorbent, which is why microfiber can hold up to six times its own weight in water! But it doesn’t just pick up liquids—it’ll grab onto anything, making it a perfect material for cleaning. The ultra-tiny fibers can fit into even the smallest crevices to pick up dust, dirt, grease, and bacteria.
But not all microfiber clothes are created equal, and cheaper cloths can be less absorbent and may unravel over time. I personally use a set of VibraWipe microfiber cloths. They’re a little bit pricer than other sets you can find online, but they’re large, absorbent, and have stood up well to dozens of washes. I also like that there are four different colors, so I can use a different color for different kinds of cleaning tasks.
2. They Save You Money
Using microfiber cloths for cleaning can dramatically reduce the amount of cleaning products you use, which can save you a lot of money in the long run. You can use a dry or damp microfiber cloth for a lot of different cleaning tasks, like dusting surfaces, cleaning windows and mirrors, and shining stainless steel. In fact, some people prefer to never use cleaning products with their microfiber cloths. This approach can help your cloths last for years and years before they need to be replaced!
But there are some cleaning tasks where you might prefer to use a cleaning product, like wiping down surfaces in your bathroom or kitchen. Even in these cases, microfiber is so absorbent that you’ll be able to clean a larger area with the same amount of cleaning product. Your cleaning products will last longer, which will keep more money in your pocket.
3. They’re Versatile
Many people only think about microfiber cloths in terms of everyday dusting or wiping down counters, but they’re so much more versatile than that! There are tons of ways to use microfiber cloths for cleaning. Here are seven of my very favorite ways to use them!
7 Things You Should Clean With Microfiber Cloths
1. Stainless Steel
Stainless steel looks great when it’s clean, but when it’s dirty it really shows off those smudges and smears. But microfiber cloths are the perfect tool for the job! First, use a damp cloth to clean up any greasy or grimy smears. Then follow up by using a dry microfiber cloth to buff the surface to a super shiny finish! No cleaning products required.
Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down grimy cabinet doors. This is especially helpful in the kitchen, where cabinets tend to get really greasy. Run your fingers over your cabinet doors before and after wiping them down with your microfiber cloth. You’ll be able to feel the difference in how clean they are!
3. Granite & Marble Counters
Microfiber cloths are a MUST if you want to keep your gorgeous stone countertops in great shape! Use a damp microfiber cloth and a cleaner that’s safe for stone to wipe down your countertops. The microfiber will pick up dirt, grime, and even sticky messes without causing any damage to the surface. (Need a good stone cleaner? Check out my homemade granite cleaner at the link below!)
4. Chrome Fixtures
Annoyed by the residue that cleaners leave behind on your chrome bathroom fixtures? Microfiber cloths are the answer! After wiping down or scrubbing your fixtures clean, follow up with a dry microfiber cloth. The tiny fibers will pick up any residue left behind, leaving a clean and unbelievably shiny finish.
5. Windows & Mirrors
A partially dampened microfiber cloth will leave your mirrors and windows with clean and free of streaks. Wet down a small portion of your microfiber cloth and use it to wipe away smudges and gunk. Then use the dry section of the cloth to buff the surface and eliminate water marks. Your mirrors and windows will look great, and they’ll be free of both lint and unsightly streaks.
6. Showers & Tubs
You can use a microfiber cloth to help keep your tub and shower cleaner, longer. After you’re finished up with a shower or bath, grab a dry microfiber cloth and use it to wipe down the tub or shower. The cloth will pick up any soapy residue that got left behind, keeping your tub or shower much cleaner over time!
Microfiber is a clear choice when it comes to dusting. Nothing else can grab onto dust and dirt like microfiber! You can use a dry microfiber cloth to dust almost any surface. For really thick dust, you might want to use a damp cloth to help cut through it. And since microfiber doesn’t leave behind any dust-attracting residues, you’ll be able to dust less often!
How To Clean Your Microfiber Cloths
Your microfiber cloths can’t clean effectively if they aren’t clean themselves! Here are a few tips for keeping your microfiber cloths clean and working effectively.
- Rinse your microfiber cloths thoroughly with water after each use. This will help keep grime and cleaner residue from gumming up the fibers.
- Wash microfiber cloths in warm or hot water with a mild detergent. Never use fabric softener or bleach. Tumble dry on low heat, or air dry if possible.
- If you’re using your microfiber cloths frequently, you should aim to wash them weekly.