What Is Microfiber?

Found in everything from clothing to cleaning products, microfiber is a synthetic fiber that is made of polyester—a type of plastic—and polyamide, which is also known as nylon. The strands are extremely fine, at about ten micrometers, or smaller than the diameter of a human hair. These make for highly efficient cleaning products, such as microfiber towels and mops, from Prudential Overall Supply. Continue reading to learn more about microfiber, why it works so well, and how it is used.

How Does Microfiber Work?

Colored microfiber cleaning cloths

Microfiber strands are extremely porous, creating a soft, absorbent material. They also dry very quickly. There are different ways to produce microfiber. It can be woven or non-woven—typical for disposable cloths. Fibers are split into multiple strands to produce higher-quality fabrics, which makes them more effective at trapping dirt, absorbing liquids and oils, and retaining particles. The way to tell the difference is that non-split fibers feel like soft cloth while split microfibers tend to cling to the skin.

Why Is Microfiber Commonly Used?

Compared to cotton, microfiber lasts longer, absorbs more liquid, and leaves behind no residue. In fact, a microfiber cloth can absorb up to seven times its weight in liquid.1 Microfibers are so fine they can pick up not only dirt and dust but also bacteria, using mechanical rather than chemical processes. Therefore, they can be used with only water or, in some cases, completely dry, so surfaces get clean in one swipe.

Common Microfiber Products

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Some of the most commonly found microfiber products include:

  • Cloths and Mops: A microfiber cloth or microfiber mop is more economical than one made of other materials because it lasts longer and is simpler to use. They’re often fine enough to clean photographic lenses. There are different types of microfiber cloths, including:
    • Lightweight: Suited for cleaning glass, phone screens, and eyeglasses
    • Medium Weight: Able to sanitize plastic, leather, or wood; suited for general purpose cleaning
    • Plush: Often used to buff glassware and for waxing and detailing
    • Dual Plush: Cleaning of all surfaces without water
    • Micro-Chenille: Easy to use for doing dishes or wiping up spills
    • Waffle Weave: Suited for general dusting and washing with soap
  • Other Cleaning Products: These include blind cleaners, ceiling fan cleaners, kitchen sponges, computer screen cloths, and cleaning rags—rags to be washed only with regular laundry detergent.
  • Towels: A microfiber towel dries so quickly it is often used at swimming pools. It also helps dry the body very quickly; some towels/cloths are designed for car waxing and detailing.
  • Home Furnishings: Microfiber upholstery fabrics, such as those for couches, can mimic suede. Microfiber tablecloths repel moisture and resist staining, while being easy to clean up.
  • Insulation: Microfiber insulation materials are used in outdoor equipment, sleeping bags, and automotive covers. The material is breathable while insulating against water and heat.

Order Wholesale Microfiber Cleaning Products from Prudential Overall Supply

If you’re looking to buy microfiber cleaning products that are delivered directly to your business, Prudential Overall Supply offers a unique microfiber mop system, as well as microfiber cloths and towels. Our product line includes a tubular microfiber wet mop with dual tailbands for increased efficiency and a quick-change handle and tool to avoid contact with soiled materials. Request a quote online or call 800-767-5536 for more information.


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