10 reasons why you should use microfibre cloths

Cleaning can be super-efficient with the microfibre cloth! Reusable and long-wearing, microfibre cloths can deliver great performance in an eco-friendly format.

Updated 23 September 2021


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Key steps:

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    There are four choices of microfibre cloth for different tasks: polishing, general purpose, super-absorbent waffle weave and buffing. Plush-pile buffing cloths are great for bringing out the shine on surfaces.

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    Use a flat-weave polishing cloth on computers or phones to avoid scratches.

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    Colour code your microfibre cloths for the kitchen, bathroom and other areas.

The microfibre cloth is a blend of polyester and polyamide (nylon) and is comprised of micro fibres up to 50 times finer than a human hair for high powered cleaning. Here’s how to get more done:

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    The general-purpose microfibre cloth has a small electrostatic charge which makes it very effective for dusting, used damp or dry.

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    For electronics and glassware, wipe grime away with a polishing cloth and some multi-purpose cleaner. A microfibre polishing cloth doesn’t pick up debris, so are the best choice to avoid scratching screens.

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    While holding that polishing cloth, this is a good opportunity to make your specs sparkle and get a clear view on the world.

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    Get some microfibre on the move. Whip a general purpose cloth into the car glove box, and then when you are stuck in traffic you can wipe those dusty dashboard dials.

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    Banish tile and grouting grubbiness by applying Cif Cream with a sponge or toothbrush. Then wipe away with a damp general purpose cloth.

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    Make stainless steel appliances and cabinets shiny by spraying with Cif Stainless Steel and wiping off with a buffing cloth.

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    Clean your bath with Cif Cream and a general purpose microfibre cloth. Then polish with a buffing cloth. 

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    The fridge can harbour a variety of bacteria. Clean the fridge by removing the contents, spritz with Cif anti-bacterial spray, then wipe out with a general purpose cloth. Work from top to bottom and finally wipe up any mess at the base. 

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    Get a professional, streak-free surface on glass cupboards, windows and mirrors. Spray with Cif EasyLift Windows and then snake from top to bottom with a polishing cloth that shines and removes residue at the same time. 

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    A waffle weave cloth is super absorbent for drying wet dishes or surfaces. A small waffle weave towel is also handy to dry wet hair quickly, and they are handy when camping or backpacking. 

A microfibre cloth has millions of tiny strands that act like a huge sponge. Able to absorb up to 8 times their own weight in water, microfibre cloths are ideal for large spills.

Caring for your cloths

A microfibre cloth can last a long time, which means they are good for the environment. For more information on how to clean and care for microfibre cloths, have a look at this article. These are the basics:

  • Rinse off debris before laundering.

  • Wash in the machine with other microfibre cloths.

  • Air dry or tumble dry on a low heat.

  • Don’t use bleach or fabric conditioner.

Know your cloths:

  • Microfibre cloths commonly have a GSM – or grams per square metre – classification.

  • The higher the GSM, the heavier and thicker the cloth.

  • For general use, look for a GSM between 200 and 350.

  • A GSM rating higher than 350 indicates a very plush buffing cloth.

  • Microfibre is good at collecting bacteria, but for cleaning toilets, it’s recommended to have one cloth dedicated to this task. Or use bathroom-only rubber gloves and bio-degradable anti-bacterial wipes that are disposed of in the bin.

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