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How Do Microfibre Cloths Work?

If you’ve ever seen a microfibre cloth in action, you might be wondering “how do microfibre cloths work?”


These clever, yet highly hygienic cloths consist of tiny fibres which attach themselves easily to dirt particles. When cleaning, this means that dirt doesn’t get missed and detergent and water aren’t left behind on a surface.

The fabric microfibre was first introduced in 1970 by Toray Industries scientist Dr. Miyoshi Okamoto, and since then, the cleaning industry has been revolutionised. Incredibly, each microfibre is up to 100 times finer than a human hair! With around 200,000 fibres in one square inch of a typical microfibre towel, this mean there’s an extensive surface area for just one cloth to absorb liquid or capture dust and dirt.

How Do You Use A Microfibre Cloth?


One of the main benefits of using a microfibre cloth, especially if you are thinking about becoming greener in the workplace, is that they work well without the use of cleaning chemicals.

There is no need to add lots of water and detergents like you would with a traditional cleaning cloth. In fact, using water in some cases may actually make the cloth less effective if being used for dusting!

They are also extremely versatile and can be used in almost any room or environment. Whether it’s cleaning worktops and cookers in the kitchen, polishing chrome faucets, taps or showerheads or using a microfibre mop for washing the floors with less water residue, microfibre cloths are ready to take on just about any cleaning job. To put it simply, they can be used to clean almost any hard surface!

How Do You Clean A Microfibre Cloth?


Another plus point for microfibre cloths is that they can be washed time and time again, meaning that they are kinder to environment compared to using a disposable cloth. They should be washed after use by using hot water and a detergent. However, do not use fabric conditioner, as this can clog the fibres in the cloth and make it ineffective.

Did you know that some microfibre cloths, such as the Wecoline Premium Microfibre range mentioned below can be laundered up to an incredible 500 times?!

Change The Way You Clean With A Printed Microfibre Cleaning Cloth

wecoline microfibre cloth

If you are interested in changing the way you clean, then the Wecoline Premium Microfibre cloths may be for you. They come with fold instructions which have been printed onto the cloth to make cleaning easier. This helps those using the cloth comply with the techniques advised by BicSc (British Institute of Cleaning Science).

The numbers represent specific areas which can be used to clean on every side by folding the cloth. You can clean effectively and efficiently by using each of the eight separate areas which are created when the cloth is folded. Each surface can be used until it is saturated with dirt after about 5-6m². Like any other microfibre cloth, they are extremely hardwearing, and are available in a variety of different colours to comply with colour coding for cleaning. They also have microfibre cloths designed for specific jobs, for example the Wecoline Microfibre Glass Cloth Elastic is perfect for getting glass looking spotless.

What Are The Key Features Of Wecoline Microfibre Cloths?


  • The cloths can easily be used without chemicals – only water is required for use
  • Machine washable at 95 degrees
  • Lasts up to 500 washes
  • Its solid edging stops the cloth shrinking
  • The cloth is 40×40 cm in size
  • Available in 5 colours – blue, green, red, white and yellow

We are proud to offer an extensive collection of microfibre cloths at fantastic prices, from brands such as Robert Scott & Sons, Vileda Professional, Kimberly- Clark Professional, Rubbermaid, Unger, CleanWorks and many more. Browse today and wipe yourself out!

Have you ever used microfibre cloths to clean with? Let us know by commenting below, or Tweeting us @BunzlCleaning.

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