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Old 01-03-2007, 02:36 AM   #1
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In an attempt to start up a really nice home detailing kit I went out and bought the all important micro-fibre towel. It has seen some use over the last while and is in need of a wash of its own. Is it safe to just toss this into the regular laundry, or should I use something special to clean it?
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Old 01-03-2007, 02:44 AM   #2
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Regular wash + Fabric Softener.
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Old 01-03-2007, 02:55 AM   #3
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my aunt and uncle own a re-con. they just throw them into the washer. be sure though not to throw them in the dryer with somthing that has lots of lint to it. the lint will stick to the mircos and make a real mess.
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Old 01-03-2007, 06:41 AM   #4
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Regular wash + Fabric Softener.
exactly.....thats what i do.
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:09 AM   #5
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Regular wash + Fabric Softener.
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exactly.....thats what i do.
No!

DO NOT use fabric softener. That is bad, bad, bad for MF towels.

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Do not use fabric softener (most contain silicone that the towel will adsorb and it will weaken the towels static charge thereby reducing their effectiveness) towel will also treat the fabric softener as if it was dirt by trying to store the tiny particles of the softener in the towel fibres. This will clog up the micro fibres and render the towel ineffective.
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:30 AM   #6
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^I was just about to post that.
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:56 AM   #7
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As was I, Fabric Softener and any dyes are a bad idea...

I either use Pinnacle micro-rejuvinator or Tide makes something called Tide "Free" which has no softeners or dyes.

Always let them air dry too, as the dryer is not good for them
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:12 PM   #8
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I just use plain water and a tiny dab of detergent, and then use the "extra rinse" on the towels when i clean mine.
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:14 PM   #9
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As was I, Fabric Softener and any dyes are a bad idea...

I either use Pinnacle micro-rejuvinator or Tide makes something called Tide "Free" which has no softeners or dyes.

Always let them air dry too, as the dryer is not good for them

Second that..........
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Old 01-03-2007, 01:18 PM   #10
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liquid detergent FTW
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Wash them separately to avoid lint.
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If you care about them, you will follow all the advice given and let me repeat the good stuff:

Wash microfiber seperate
No fabric softener
Hang dry or air tumble with no other articles

NOTHING will screw up a microfiber better than washing or drying with an another non-microfiber article.
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:30 PM   #13
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I take greater care washing my microfiber chamois, towels, and cotton rags than I do with my clothes! I usually put them through the wash at least twice, then air dry, NO fabric softener. The fabric softener can leave a residue on your car as well as affecting the microfibers overall performance. Sure, fabric softeners makes your household towels soft and fluffy, but, it also makes them less absorbent... the compromises of modern life! Ha ha.
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:40 PM   #14
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I typically use a dedicated cleaner as some others have mentioned (currently it's Der Wunder Wasche from Sonus). ....although I am guilty of drying some of my towels on "low" at times.
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Old 01-03-2007, 04:15 PM   #15
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I put them in the regular wash with no softener, and they air dry. Just google it, this the recomended way.
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Old 01-03-2007, 06:45 PM   #16
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i hand wash mine.
need to take care of your tools for your tools to take care of u
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I work for Clean Uniform company and as far as i know the microfiber towels we supply get washed like regular garment. Not sure if they are dries or not but probably. I have a bunch of them at the house and have washed and dried to no problems.
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Old 01-03-2007, 07:24 PM   #18
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it says right on the package of any microfiber towel, "do not use fabric softner" companies don't put this there just for the heck of it
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:54 PM   #19
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Thanks all. I felt a bit silly asking it, but I am really glad I did now since there is some pretty good advice on this thread.
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Old 01-03-2007, 08:56 PM   #20
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Also, do not use a drier to dry them. The heat will cause the micro fiber to shrink resulting in less absorbency.
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Some people (myself included) put in a 1/4-1 cup of vinegar during the rinse cycle.
Supposedly it helps clean out any excess detergent and other chemical build-up.

I haven't had any issues so far.
Be sure not to add too much vinegar, the acidity may damage the towels.
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Old 01-06-2007, 02:28 AM   #22
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^^Ding ding, I love vinegar with the wash. It helps breakdown the waxes/cleaners/oils that may be in there if you use your MF for that final buffing. It also softens it as well.

Definitely no fabric softener as it stays within the fibers and can cause streaking or mix with whatever you're wiping.
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Old 01-06-2007, 04:57 AM   #23
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Yo mag...I'd say we surprise somebody with a visit and get some detailing done tomorrow + some alarm goodies. u down?
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haha... i dun think so! :P

thanks!
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Rofl...

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