You can clean an incredible amount with just one cloth. Fold it before using dry for dusting, refolding as you go to give you fresh, clean surfaces. Then, when finished dusting, wet and wring out the cloth for scrubbing and wiping.
Microfiber Cleaning Cloths are a revolutionary, environmentally friendly, and extremely effective way to clean. Microfiber is defined as any fiber that is 1 denier or less (denier is a measurement of fineness equal to a unit of fiber weighing one gram for each 9000 meters). To put that into perspective, microfiber is 1/100th the diameter of a human hair and 1/20th the diameter of a strand of silk. There are approximately 200,000 fibers in one square inch of a microfiber towel. High quality microfiber cleaning cloths feature split microfiber, after the splitting process each fiber towel looks like an asterisk if you’re looking at a cross section. The open spaces in the microfiber created by the splitting process allow it to pick up and hold dirt as well as absorbing liquid.
You can use microfiber cleaning cloths dry as a duster instead of using a cleaning cloth treated with chemicals or a (chemical) spray and wipe method. Split microfiber is positively charged which makes it work like a magnet attracting negatively charged dust particles. This characteristic along with the microscopic open spaces created by the splitting process allow the cloth to attract and hold dirt and dust rather than just pushing it around like an untreated cotton cloth would. Depending on the size of the cloth you may want to fold it. For instance, when using a 16×16 cloth it’s probably best to fold it into fourths. This gives you 8 cleaning surfaces on one towel. When using a smaller cloth, like a 12”x12”, you may want to just use it unfolded like you would use a wash cloth while bathing. Once you’ve collected the dust around the house you can release the dust from the cloth by rinsing it out then you can go on to use the same cloth using the damp method described below.
When used damp, microfiber towels are great for removing smudged dirt, grease or stains. While using the microfiber towels damp, the squeegee like edges of the fibers in a microfiber cleaning cloth scrape up the dirt while the open spaces hold onto the dirt. You can accomplish all of this with a microfiber towel without adding any chemical cleaners. When using the cloths damp it’s usually best to get it wet and then ring it out. You don’t want it to be dripping as the towel needs to have the capacity to absorb whatever you’re trying to clean off of surfaces. Like with a dry cloth, when using a larger cleaning cloth it’s probably best to fold it to give you multiple new cleaning surfaces on the same towel. This damp method works best for scrubbing bathrooms, cleaning appliances, wiping down kitchen counters, cleaning car interiors and hundreds of other cleaning applications.
The absorbency of microfiber make it great for cleaning windows, even when just using the cloth with water. Microfiber cleaning cloths hold up to 7 times their own weight in liquid which allows them to clean glass while leaving no streaks. This feature also makes them great for cleaning up spills. This will allow you to cut down on the use of disposable cleaning products like paper towels.
Microfiber cleaning cloths are machine washable! When cared for properly you can expect to get several hundred washings out of a single cloth and it will be as effective as it was the day it was new. Go here for information on washing microfiber cleaning cloths.