We use microfiber towels all day every day, for pretty much every detailing project. We constantly recommend the towels to our customers, as often times they’re required for the application of products. For these reasons, it’s crucial to know how to wash microfiber towels in a safe and effective manner, because damaged towels can mean damaged paint.
First Things First
When you get new microfiber towels, cut the tags off. Tags on towels can scratch paint and we all know what a pain in the ass that is, especially when it can easily be avoided. Examine the towels. Sometimes there are little snags where fabric sticks out and doesn’t blend in with the rest of the fibers. You can just trim those with scissors so everything is even.
Even before you use your towels, you should wash and dry them. These preventative steps will ensure you don’t get a bunch of lint on your paint. Wash them in cold water with a mild detergent. You can also use a microfiber cleaner.
Once your towels are put to use, it’s important to keep them as clean as possible so as to extend their lifespan. If you’re using a microfiber to buff off Formula 1201, make sure you don’t let the product dry on the towel. It’ll become crusty and hard and much harder to manage. Wash the towels EVERY time you use them, even if you’re just using them to spread Leather Cream or Plastic Sealant.
Separate the towels by type. You’ve probably got some for drying, some for removing product, some for interior products… and those towels have all been exposed to different contaminants or chemicals, depending on where/how they’re used.
Wash drying towels separate from the towels you use to buff off your nano coating. Never wash microfiber towels with other clothing or with your bathing towels, as the microfibers have likely been exposed to intense contaminants such as brake dust, or the chemicals of a nano coating.
Don’t be afraid to replace towels frequently. If your towels are permanently stained and looking sad, send them away to the trash can. If the seams are coming apart, if they’ve worn thin, or if you know you’ve used them a ton, let them go. Microfiber towels are inexpensive and incredibly useful, so it never hurts to restock.
Keeping your microfiber towels clean and organized will improve the health of your car. Your towels will last longer, your car will be happy, and so will you.