Often we get calls and emails from customers who ask how to care for their new microfiber towels, mops and dusters. There are a few guidelines that should be followed in regard to laundering microfiber and you can find more about the wash process here.
Today I wanted to focus on drying microfiber. If you’ve ever noticed that your microfiber has become less absorbent and less soft with age, it could be because you’re drying it too hot. Microfiber is durable, so durable that a microfiber towel or mop can last hundreds of washings when cared for properly. That said, since each fiber is so tiny, 1/20th the diameter of silk, it’s pretty delicate and can be damaged by heat. Take a look at that image to the right. It shows a cross section of a single fiber. Notice all the edges on the fiber, all the surface area? The edges give microfiber its scrubbing power and the surface area gives microfiber its absorbency. Those tiny little edges will degrade over time; the degradation is accelerated by heat!
Typical residential clothes dryers reach 170°F inside the drum. If you can avoid it, don’t dry microfiber on high heat. We recommend low heat or no heat if possible. The absolute best option is to let your microfiber air dry. Following these tips will help you extend the life of your microfiber.