How to Care for Microfiber

Shrink Sweater in Laundry

Please raise your hand if you’ve ever ruined a brand new sweater or your favorite pair of pants in the laundry. It’s happened to everyone – from mistakenly washing a bright red shirt with white sheets, to throwing a wool sweater in the dryer. Where most of us know how to avoid these common washing mishaps, we might not be familiar with how to care for microfiber. Have you ever washed your favorite microfiber cleaning tool, only to find that it is not cleaning as well it used to?

As with all fabrics, careful attention is necessary when determining the suitable washing and drying temperatures for microfiber. While it may seem superfluous to devote time to laundering just your microfiber, for all of the benefits it provides, this is one textile that deserves special attention.

Microfiber Laundering Tips

Microfiber is becoming a pervasive tool in many cleaning programs. Most often, you’ll see microfiber in the form of cloths and mops, used to dust, wet mop, clean glass and more. For all of its uses, microfiber is here to stay.

To help prolong the life of your microfiber, it’s important to understand how to provide the best care throughout the entire laundry cycle.

  • Microfiber should be washed and dried separately from all other fabrics. Microfiber will pick up any lint left by other fabrics.
  • General guidelines recommend wash temperatures do not exceed 160°F and that drying temperatures stay below 140°F. Depending on the model of dryer used and the temperature level, drying cycle times can be reduced by 40-60% from those used to dry cotton bar mops.
  • Fabric softener should never be used. The magic of microfiber lies in the wedge-shaped strands that allow it pick up dirt. Fabric softener will clog up the fibers and render it less effective.
  • Chlorine bleach may be acceptable for use in the laundering process depending on your manufacturer’s recommendations. In many applications an appropriate use of bleach is needed to preserve the whiteness of microfiber towels or for sanitation reasons. However, some floor care items may contain a foam backing that would be broken down by the alkalinity of bleach.
  • Load the washer at approximately 80% capacity. Microfiber absorbs more than cotton rags, and wash loads must be adjusted to accommodate the expansion of fabric.
  • Immediately remove the microfiber cloths from the dryer when the cycle is finished. It is important to prevent the microfiber material from sitting on the hot metal drum of the dryer for any extended period of time. Prolonged exposure to high heat can damage the fibers.

Washing Guidelines for Microfiber

Use this standard formula as a guide for washing microfiber. Be prepared to wash with these four chemicals: break, detergent, chlorine bleach and sour.

Washing Guidelines for Microfiber

Note: Washing requirements can vary considerably based upon end-user product applications and soil characteristics.

For more information on how to care for microfiber or wash formulations, please contact our Laundry Specialist, Ryan Dyer, at

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Courtney Petesch

Courtney Petesch is the Marketing Specialist for HP Products, a distributor of 50,000 facility maintenance products throughout the Midwest. Courtney has over 5 years of experience managing e-commerce product content and merchandising, overseeing social media initiatives, executing email marketing campaigns and evaluating analytics.