Microfiber towels are a staple for many window cleaners. However, they should not be washed the same way you typically do laundry.
- Wash and dry separately. Microfiber’s static nature will attract every particle of lint from your other garments.
- Use scent-free liquid detergent. Powdered detergent doesn’t completely dissolve, meaning your towels will be filled with tiny bits of detergent, which is not ideal for cleaning glass. Make sure you use a clean-rinsing detergent, without perfumes, and without built in fabric softeners.
- Don’t dry with heat. Microfiber towels contain a synthetic material called polyamide, which can turn into plastic when heated up. Again, a towel full of tiny pieces of plastic is not what you want.
- Don’t use fabric softeners. They repel water by clogging the open pores in the fabric, and you need your towels to soak up water.
- Don’t use bleach. Using bleach eliminates the electric charge, which is what you need for the towel to be effective.