Originally Posted by guido099
Steve, just a qiuick Q. What do you clean the microfiber towels w/ after use? I've heard different stories, such as...only handwash w/ Ivory bar soap, and another said mach. wash w/ reg. dertegent, no bleach, no softener? What do you do?
The Care and Feeding of Towels/Wash Equipment is a whole post in it's own right, but, I always use a liquid detergent. Towels are pretty tough so a normal washing machine cycle in hot or cold water is just fine.
DO not use bleach or fabric softeners, as bleach has a tendency to harden the fiber, and softeners have a tendency to clog them.
There are special Microfiber detergents, and so far I have only tested one, and did not see any difference in how the towels worked or felt.
For those that do not have a water softener, add about 1/4 cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle every 4-5 washings.
What happens is a slow build up of mineral content in the towel fiber as you wash and dry them. Again it is pretty minute, but that build up will be harden the fiber and cause..... You guessed it swirls
The vinegar has a tendency to dissolve the minerals and be an almost natural softener.
I also wash my MF towels separate from anything else. The grabby fabric of the MF towels will have a tendency to hold onto lint from other fabrics.
Then they become a bit messy to clean up.
I will put up a seperate post on this subject, but the above really covers the jist of it.