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Are Microfiber Towels Better For Your Cleaning Business?

Whether you’re in the cleaning industry or not, You probably know that microfiber towels, mops, and dusters run the cleaning game. With microfiber having a seemingly magnetic charge that easily grips dust, it’s no wonder why cleaners and homemakers around the world have fallen in love.

But are microfiber cleaning towels better than Terry cloth towels?

In this article, I’ll be comparing both cleaning towels, sharing the benefits of both microfiber and terry cloth. I’ll also share how you can get the most out of your cleaning by using both.

But first, a little backstory...

Before I started my professional cleaning service, I never really gave much thought to my cleaning rags. Terry cloth towels, old t-shirts, sponges, and scrub brushes were all I knew.

It wasn’t until the early 2000s that I learned about microfiber towels. 

At one facility where I was employed, we used terry cloth towels as our “main” cleaning towel, but we also used microfiber towels. The microfiber towels were only given to us on special occasions. For example, if we had important visitors for the day, the boss would schedule cleaning projects.

Oftentimes this meant using the microfiber cloths to buff and shine the stainless steel elevators and appliances. Little did I know, we were using the microfiber towels wrong all along. 

As I mentioned, we used microfiber towels to shine up stainless steel appliances & elevators. We also used an oil-based polisher to put on the rag and buff the surface.

At the time, I wasn’t aware that we were doing anything wrong. It wasn’t until I started my cleaning service and started buying, using, and cleaning with microfiber towels myself.

Using the same techniques as I learned at the medical centers, I used an oil-based stainless steel polisher on my towels to buff up my metals and wood. Once finished, the rags would get put rags right in the washer.

Over time I realized my microfiber towels were not as absorbent as they had been, and they also started to create a buildup on the surface.

After some research on how to clean and maintain my cleaning towels, I found out that the oil base cleaners I used were creating the build-up, which wasn’t allowing for the microfiber towels to absorb anything I was trying to wipe up. 

It was the most frustrating thing because I had no idea why my towels didn’t seem to be working. It’s funny to think about now. But instead of getting upset, I realized that this was the perfect time to revamp my cleaning business and start showing my towels some TLC.

I love using both small and large terry cloth towels for my residential cleaning business. It’s probably the main thing I use to clean my home. You can think of Terry cloth towels as being the real O.G. of cleaning tools. They have a certain level of abrasiveness, making them good for scrubbing grease and grime.

 Here are some benefits of using terry cloth towels. 

  1. Absorbency: Terry cloth towels have excellent absorbency due to their thick and soft fibers. They efficiently soak up liquids, making them ideal for spills and cleaning tasks.
  2. Durability: Known for their sturdiness, Terry cloth towels are durable and can withstand frequent use. The robust nature of the fabric ensures a longer lifespan compared to some other types of towels.
  3. Drying Effects: Terry cloth towels are effective for drying surfaces, thanks to their absorbent nature. Whether used for dishes or wiping down countertops, they contribute to swift and efficient drying.

Microfiber Towels have been out since the 1950’s, and have evolved throughout time. Microfiber towels are also known for their absorbency and dusting effects. You can think of these as being your modern-day cleaning marvel.

Usually made from a blend of polyester and polyamide, microfiber towels have a unique split of fiber design that is excellent for capturing dust, dirt, and bacteria. Here are some benefits of using microfiber towels for cleaning. 

  1. Lint-Free Dusting: Microfiber towels are awesome for dusting without leaving any annoying lint behind. These towels attract and trap dust, keeping surfaces clean and free from unwanted particles.
  2. Efficient Glass Cleaning & Appliances: When it comes to cleaning glass, microfiber towels do the trick. Their smooth texture and high absorbency effortlessly wipe away smudges, fingerprints, and marks, leaving glass surfaces streak-free. They also have microfiber towels that are specially made for cleaning glass and appliances. 
  3. Buffing & Shining: Microfiber towels are your go-to for buffing and shining surfaces. The soft, dense fibers create a polished finish, making them perfect for bringing out the shine on different materials

As I mentioned before, I use both terry cloth and microfiber cloths for cleaning. Over the years, I’ve come to appreciate the unique strengths of each towel. Understanding how to use these towels could effectively enhance your efficiency and cleaning results.

  1. Use Terry Cloth for High-Absorbency Tasks: Whenever there’s a big spill or a need to soak up a lot of moisture, reach for a terry cloth towel. They’re also great for initial wipe-downs in messy situations.
  2. Switch to Microfiber for Polishing and Dusting: After you’ve tackled the heavy-duty cleaning with terry cloth, switch to a microfiber towel for the finishing touches. It’s perfect for giving surfaces a streak-free shine and ensuring that you leave no lint or residue behind.
  3. Consider the Surface: Always think about the surface you’re cleaning. Use terry cloth for rougher, more durable surfaces and microfiber for delicate, shiny, or high-gloss surfaces.

By strategically using both types of towels in your cleaning routine, you can maximize efficiency, ensuring that every surface is not only clean but also looks its best.

Embracing both terry cloth and microfiber towels in your cleaning routine opens the door to a world of efficiency and versatility. By harmonizing the heavy-duty cleaning benefits of terry cloth, and the gentle cleaning of microfiber, you have the perfect cleaning duo by your side. Next, check out my article on How To Clean & Maintain Your Cleaning Towels. For more info on how to start a cleaning business, join our community of cleaners and subscribe to my email list. As always, Happy Cleaning.

Are Terry Cloths Good For Cleaning?

Yes, Terry Cloths are an excellent cleaning towel to use for numerous things. They effectively tackle spills, grease and grime, outdoor cleaning, and much more. Because of their high absorbency, durability, and versatility, they’re great for heavy-duty cleaning jobs.

Both Terry Cloth and Microfiber Cloths are good. But each has its strengths. Terry cloths are best for heavy-duty cleaning such as heavily soiled objects, oil spills, deep cleaning, or outdoor cleaning.

On the other hand, microfiber towels are better than terry cloths when it comes to streak-free glass cleaning, dusting, and eco-friendly cleaning. I recommend doing your research and experimenting to see what you may like best.

What Is a Microfiber Cloth Used For?

Microfiber cloths are used for a range of cleaning tasks due to their ability to trap dust, dirt, and moisture.

They’re great for dusting, cleaning glass surfaces without streaks, polishing shiny surfaces, and wet cleaning. Microfiber is also highly absorbent, making it suitable for drying tasks. These cloths can be cleaned effectively with just water, minimizing the need for harsh chemicals.

Their fine fibers make them a versatile tool for various cleaning scenarios, from household chores to professional cleaning and auto detailing.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Microfiber?

Microfiber cloths are great for cleaning, however, there are some disadvantages to using them. Microfiber :

  • Can Absorb and hold on to odors, even once washed
  • Are sensitive to fabric softeners and heat
  • Can lose its absorbency over time
  • May generate static electricity, which draws in dust and hair

Properly caring for your microfiber is important and may prevent some of these occurrences from happening.

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