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What is Microfiber?

Microfiber consists of very fine threads of polyester and polyamide (nylon) that combine to form a single thread. Microfibers are so thin (100 times thinner than a single strand of human hair) that when they are woven together they create a surface area 40 times more than that of a regular fiber. This creates an expanded surface area with dramatically enhanced absorbing powers due to the capillary action of the fine threads. Microfiber is traditionally defined as a fiber with a denier of less than one. Denier is a measure of thinness of fiber and is the weight in grams of a continuous fiber of 9,000 meters.


Due to their fine structure, microfiber is able to penetrate the finest microscopic particles of dirt and grease on a surface. Split microfiber possesses numerous wedges instead of the rounded surfaces on ordinary cloth, thus providing superior penetration of dirt and grease. In addition, the rounded fibers on most cloths only push the dirt around, whereas the wedge-shaped microfibers grab the particles of dirt and pull the dirt into its dense internal structure.
 
Microfiber has two polymers. Polyester is lyophillic, or has an affinity to oil, so that oil and grease adhere directly to the fibers. Polyamide is hydrophilic, which means it has an affinity to water. As a result, any type of dirt is very quickly and completed removed with microfiber, leaving a sparkling clean, streak-free surface. Microfiber cleans without streaking, smearing, scratching or leaving lint.  Microfiber is safe to use on all delicate surfaces. It will clean without scratching or harming the surface in any way.
 
Ordinary cleaning towels move or push dirt and dust from one place to another. Microfiber actually lifts or scoops the dirt and stores the dirt particles in the towel, until it is washed. Microfiber can absorb up to seven times its weight in fluids. Microfiber cloths are also extremely durable. They can be washed up to 500 to 700 times and still maintain their effectiveness. This makes it an extremely cost effective product.

Please note that microfiber towels from different sources can vary greatly in quality. It is unfortunate that people sometimes purchase a high performance cleaning product on the basis of price alone – what they sometimes get is a product that does not perform as expected. They do not get a high performance product. Some of the attributes you will see in our microfiber towels include low lint, consistency of color and dye, highest absorption, general appearance and durability. Some factories might use second or third grade yarn to save on costs, however our microfiber towels are only made from first grade yarn.

The look and feel of the microfiber towel can be misleading when judging quality. Some towels may feel soft and plush, but may be constructed using second grade raw material, or microfiber that is not split which can scratch and leave lint.