Microfiber rags how to ✨
Microfiber tips! Microfiber is great for getting surfaces very clean. It can even capture some microorganisms. One study found that when properly cared for, microfiber's ability to capture microorganisms improves over time. Another found that just one wash/dry cycle at too high of a temperature rendered it as ineffective as terry cloth.
Do you remember that microfiber MUST be temperature-managed. Heating your microfiber over ~160-170° during the wash or dry cycle EVEN ONCE will permanently ruin the microchannels in the fiber strand, rendering it as ineffective as terry cloth (that is, it will lose the ability to capture microscopic particles such as bacteria). Choose "warm" (not hot or sanitize) wash cycles, and low-heat dry cycles.
NEVER use fabric softener or dryer sheets with microfiber as these will fill in the microchannels as well.
If you have a need for actual sanitizing, don't try to heat-sanitize microfiber; instead, use a product like Oxivir 1 concentrate during the initial rinse cycle.
If you use your microfiber towels for polishing furniture, keep these separated from your others. Furniture polish will almost never wash out and it's waxy nature will fill in the microchannels in the fibers. This isn't important for furniture but you don't want to try to use these towels later for glass or surfaces. Keep your furniture polishing towels separate and wash them separately. (For us, we separate stained towels out as "B" grade and use those for utility cleaning or polishing furniture; these towels are fine, they just look bad and we don't want them on site where customers will see them in janitorial closets).
I like to use the newer Speed Queen machines at a local laundromat because there's an option for a double wash cycle plus rinse. I would use microfiber detergent in the first wash cycle and Oxivir in the second. Then let it rinse it all very well.