how to wash microfiber waxing towel?
Posted 20 December 2008 - 12:10 AM
machine wash gentle cycle
liquid detergent of choice (not powder)
no bleach or fabric softener
wash separate from other fabric so they don't pick up lint
double rinse cycle
machine dry on gentle cycle
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Posted 20 December 2008 - 08:47 AM
Wash in hot water (small to medium load size) with a big scoop of laundry detergent powder (usually Arm & Hammer).
At the end of the wash cycle, after the machine pumps out all the water, start another wash cycle with hot water. This time use about 1/3 scoop of detergent and about three ounces of Griot's Garage MF cleaner.
After the rinse cycle, do another rinse cycle.
Dry in the dryer set to low heat.
Posted 20 December 2008 - 05:10 PM
As noted, there are some good threads where we go into great detail on this, might be worth the dreaded search if you don't find an answer in smprince1's links.
It sounds like you're treating your MFs *VERY* gently, which isn't necessary IME.
You don't need to avoid hot water (plenty of people *boil* their MFs with great results) or detergents (some get great results with regular detergent, others do better with the MF-centric ones). I don't use the delicate wash cycle either, my MFs just aren't all that fragile and I want to make sure they get *clean*.
I'm pretty extreme about the extra rinsing...I always do at least one extra wash/rinse cycle *without* detergent and then one final rinse with a little distilled white vinegar.
I dry on either low or medium heat, never found the medium to be hot enough to cause problems.
Posted 20 December 2008 - 05:31 PM
I find the most difficult, and important aspect is the rinsing. Since MF is designed to hold and trap product, getting it to release detergent is the most difficult thing. The more detergent you use, the more it will trap. Using too little will result in the MF not releasing all the rubbish. Using too much will result in the MF trapping all the detergent residue. It's a balancing act.
I tend to use less detergent than regular washing, always liquid, and use hotter water than normal. Not hot, hot, but hotter than normal. This helps improve the detergent action (requiring less, thus less residue) helps dissolve wax/products which responds better too hotter water.
Then, the most important part (to me). Rinsing. I rinse at least twice with the same temp hot water as before. Again, the warmer water helps release stuff from the fibres. In the last cycle, I add some white vinegar to help with the rinsing. Whether I do one more rinse depends on how much foam I see on top off the water during the rinsing cycles.
I find that if I don't rinse sufficiently, not only do the MF not perform to their best, but can lead to streaking when used to remove LSPs, as the trapped detergent interferes with the product I'm removing.
I don't machine dry...I just air dry inside somewhere (much to my wife's amusment...she's use to it now. ) I find letting it air dry allows me to see how clean and residue-free they are based on how well they cling. I find when I machine dry, the static-cling the machine creates masks the true state of my MF and the success of my process.
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Posted 20 December 2008 - 11:24 PM
People feel a need to over do such little things, and in the process waste enormous amounts of water and power, with the same end results, a microfibre towel that does what it is meant to do. Our towels last around 10 months(they get washed atleast every 3 days) and are not babied, and they do not scratch the paint.
Posted 21 December 2008 - 10:29 PM
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