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Wednesday's Ask the Experts: Washing microfiber

May 20, 2009
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Wednesday''s Ask the Experts question from a cleaning professional on the International Custodial Advisors Network (ICAN) "Ask the Experts" page: I read an article about washing microfiber cloths, cautioning on which setting to use while drying the cloth so as not to destroy it''s properties. Can you help me find that article again?
The answer:
I don’t know exactly which article you have in mind, but here is one from 2006 that may be of value:
http://www.cleanlink.com/hs/article.asp?id=3970&keywords=microfiber,%20technology.
Microfibers are basically finely split plastic fibers. They can melt if overheated. They can be washed safely in temperatures up to about 190 degrees Fahrenheit and dried up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, according to this source, and that corresponds with other authorities.
Avoid the use of bleach and fabric softeners in the washer and dryer, and keep microfibers separate from lint sources such as toweling to prevent them from becoming clogged.
Microfibers grab and hold any fine soils they come into contact with and washing in hot detergent solution ... — Lynn E Krafft, ICAN/ATEX associate editor
lekrafft@juno.com
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