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Old 06-29-2010, 10:57 PM   #1
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Default Microfiber cloth/Mechanix gloves cleaning

Anyone know the best way to clean off a microfiber cloth and Mechanix gloves? Gloves got a bunch of oil on them, cloth just has the usual dirt and grime from cleaning.

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Old 06-30-2010, 01:17 PM   #2
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If it's not a really good one, I just toss it in the trash. If you have a Costco near you, you can buy the cheapo kind in bulk.
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Old 07-01-2010, 12:41 AM   #3
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i dont know about the gloves. but i always clean my microfibers separately.

1. wash in regular cycle in HOT water using any normal detergent. DO NOT add bleach or fabric softener.
2. then throw in dryer. DO NOT use dryer sheets. just heat. will come out feeling like new.
3. take out, fold, and store somewhere dust free. i just put them in a shopping bag and tie it closed.

main reason you dont wanna use things like dryer sheets is because anything will cling to microfiber, which is the appeal of it when it comes to drying/cleaning your car. the chemicals will adhere to the microfibers rendering them useless. (or so i hear) i have used the above process many times. so far no need to buy any expensive cleaning agents

i think best mechanic gloves are those thick latex ones i see, usually blue. use em once and throw it out
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:43 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by jxkim View Post
i think best mechanic gloves are those thick latex ones i see, usually blue. use em once and throw it out
Those are good for most work. However, when working with some of the heatshielding and in very tight areas I value my Mechanix gloves. Saved me a few times now....
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Old 07-02-2010, 09:52 AM   #5
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^soak the gloves in the sink with some soap.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:41 PM   #6
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My microfiber towels get a delicate wash in the machine, then hang dry.
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Old 07-03-2010, 01:37 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Psychoreo View Post
^soak the gloves in the sink with some soap.
....this is what I do. Something like dishwashing detergent or an APC will help cut the grease/grime. I then rinse them out and hang dry. I use nitrile gloves (the blue latex-like gloves) for oil changes and other mechanical work but still have Mechanix gloves for the reasons OE mentioned. ....I use plain latex for detailing (and other gloves for certain chemicals when the need arises).

As for microfiber towels, I wash them based on their task so I reduce the risk of cross-contamination. Heavier soiled items get placed in a 5gal bucket with APC/MF cleaner to soak first. In the washer I use Micro Restore detergent and wash in hot or warm on regular cycle. The idea is to use a clean rinsing soap that won't leave residue in the MF material. I then place them in the dryer on low. They don't need much time since they typically dry very rapidly.

I like to use the dryer for two reasons.... 1) I don't like hang drying MF towels that will be used on my paint. This exposes them to dust/debris that may be floating in the air and is really unnecessary. The dryer will not harm them on low. 2) I simply don't have enough room to hang all of the towels I have in a load. ....and I have a lot of them. IME/IMO MF towels are generally much more resilient than some might think.
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Old 07-08-2010, 08:59 AM   #8
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I would recommend spot scrubbing the microfibers with regular dish washing liquid. If you have a lot of microfibers, wash them all at once with vinegar in the rinse cycle and stick them in the dryer. Avoid combining microfibers with cotton clothes and towels because they will pick up all the lint and fibers.
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Old 07-12-2010, 11:32 AM   #9
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the mechanix gloves are annoying. I agree they are useful but they are also expensive and the fingertips always seem to tear. I have found that motocross gloves are cheaper, last longer, and are more condusive to cleaning. But yeah as far as cleaning them. Fill a bucket with warm soapy water and drop them in. Let them sit for a bit and then ring them out a couple of times repeating the soaking. Once they seem to be clean rinse them with water and hang dry them.
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:09 PM   #10
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"Griots Garage" sells a micro fiber cleaner which is an additive to normal detergent. It works great, be sure to never use fabric softener wash them with other micro fiber only and hang drying is best. If they get really nasty soak them in the micro fiber cleaner.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:09 PM   #11
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I actually just cleaned my Mechanix gloves about a week or so ago, found out that they should not be used for oil changes . What I did was I filled a bucket with a 50/50 mix of purple power (any household degreaser should work) and hot water. Put the gloves in the mix and let sit for about 20 or so mins. Empty the dirty mix and repeat for another 20 mins (depending on how nasty they are you might need to do this a few more times, your call). Just hang them up to dry somewhere and when they are all dry, they will feel like new!
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:59 AM   #12
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Listen to Jackie leggs (nice kangaroo jack reference). Some degreaser and then rinse them well. hang dry.
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