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  1. ToddMick

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    What is your washing routine on your dirty microfiber towels?

    I wash my car about every 3-4 weeks or so with my spotless wash system. Usually, I end up using 1 towel to dry (just the black roof). Might use a cheap microfiber towel ever month or two covered in chemicals for cleaning the leather or something.

    Seems like I shouldn't wash the 2 together, or with other clothes, or 1 at a time in the machine. Maybe a hand wash? Thoughts?
     
  2. C50

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    I just wash everything together.
    I’m particular while washing the car (2 bucket, etc), but at the end I just launder per routine.
     
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  3. ToddMick

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    Ok, thanks for sharing. Hot or cold water? I’ve seen a case for both.
     
  4. tstuli

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    I use the chemical guys microfibre detergent in the machine with warm water. Seems to do a good job restoring the softness and getting the chemicals out.


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  5. JoeTSI

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    Just remember to not use fabric softener or dryer sheets.
     
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  6. docf

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    Yes Griots Garage & Chem guys have products to clean Microfiber towels. Griots is simply called micro fiber cleaner. It works with laundry cleaner to remove polish & wax from the towels. 2-3 ounces added to laundry detergent to 5gall hot water. No fabric softener or drying sheets.
     
  7. EastMemphis

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    If you're going to wash your fancy microfiber towels in your regular washing machine, and have pets, do a "tub wash" first. Then, air dry your towels. I don't use anything different to wash my towels, just hot water, regular laundry detergent, and a dose of Oxiclean powder to give an extra kick. Towels always come out perfect.
     
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  8. msark

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    I've had good luck with the washer, 2 different washes...

    First a "short" wash with the towel load of finishing or cleaning separated. Wash with Oxy Clean powder only (1/2 scoop)
    Then a full wash with a specific microfiber detergent and I add the extra rinse cycle.
    Dry on warm .....
     
  9. ToddMick

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    Thank you all for sharing your routines! Really helpful
     
  10. A348W

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    Fairly liquid, hot water and by hand.

    I’ve found using normal washing detergents leaves funny residues which which smears when drying the car. (Like using toilet paper to clean something before painting instead of kitchen roll. Toilet paper has something in it which reacts with paint!)
     
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  11. V4NG0

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    Warm water, regular cycle with extra rinse, liquid detergent only; dry on low/medium heat with no fabric softener. I’ve never been able to detect a difference when using a microfiber additive/detergent.
     
  12. PhilNotHill

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    Yes. NO FABRIC SOFTENER.

    It will ruin the absorbency of the towels until you rewash several times to get it out of there.
     
  13. Solid State

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    Honestly I've never washed mine. I usually get wax on them and then replace with a new one. They are starting to accumulate so maybe should take an interest in this thread.
     
  14. colombo2cam

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    delicate cycle to dry - keeps them from getting scratchy
     
  15. c8spidey

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    The only difference I read mostly, is wash in hot water and low or very little heat-no fab softener.
     
  16. LBBP

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    If your using a laundry detergent, make sure it has no perfumes/added scents as this affects the MF's effectiveness. I pre-treat my MF's, in a dedicated MF cleaner prior to washing in a machine. This removes the waxes/sealants etc and makes for a cleaner end result out of the washing machine. I also have separate tubs I sort my MF's into depending on where the MF was used, car body, wheels, engine bay, etc. I don't wash the MF's I use on car surfaces with the wheel or engine bay MF's, those get a separate treatment/wash. This makes the job of specific MF treatment easier for me and eliminates cross contamination and makes for easier sorting.
    I use a similar regime for my polishing pads as above, in either case I dry on very low heat or better yet air dry.
     
  17. ifeelfree0

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    QUOTE="LBBP, post: 146914156, member: 171998"]If your using a laundry detergent, make sure it has no perfumes/added scents as this affects the MF's effectiveness. I pre-treat my MF's, in a dedicated MF cleaner prior to washing in a machine. This removes the waxes/sealants etc and makes for a cleaner end result out of the washing machine. I also have separate tubs I sort my MF's into depending on where the MF was used, car body, wheels, engine bay, etc. I don't wash the MF's I use on car surfaces with the wheel or engine bay MF's, those get a separate treatment/wash. This makes the job of specific MF treatment easier for me and eliminates cross contamination and makes for easier sorting.
    I use a similar regime for my polishing pads as above, in either case I dry on very low heat or better yet air dry.[/QUOTE]
    What he said:rolleyes: Especially mixing specific drying towels versus general pupose clean up towels (Engine, wheels, rockers, arches)
     
  18. ifeelfree0

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    QUOTE="LBBP, post: 146914156, member: 171998"]If your using a laundry detergent, make sure it has no perfumes/added scents as this affects the MF's effectiveness. I pre-treat my MF's, in a dedicated MF cleaner prior to washing in a machine. This removes the waxes/sealants etc and makes for a cleaner end result out of the washing machine. I also have separate tubs I sort my MF's into depending on where the MF was used, car body, wheels, engine bay, etc. I don't wash the MF's I use on car surfaces with the wheel or engine bay MF's, those get a separate treatment/wash. This makes the job of specific MF treatment easier for me and eliminates cross contamination and makes for easier sorting.
    I use a similar regime for my polishing pads as above, in either case I dry on very low heat or better yet air dry.[/QUOTE]
    What he said:rolleyes: Especially mixing specific drying towels versus general pupose clean up towels (Engine, wheels, rockers, arches)
     
  19. johnk...

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    They are cheap. Repurpose the old ones and buy new ones for detail work. Pain, interior, wheels, engine and undercarriage, dip stick cleaning.
     
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  20. PhilNotHill

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    Especially if you buy at Costco. Great towels.
     
  21. JBlack002

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  22. RedNeck

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    I give them to my wife, they come back clean. Magic or something. I don't know why y'all are overthinking it.
     
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  23. PhilNotHill

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    I find that micro fiber towels are the best thing for cleaning eyeglasses. But l use the less fluffy side as ir leaves less little fiber thingys on my glasses.

    I found this out by accident. My dark glasses were very dirty while driving. The only thing l had in the car was a micro fiber towel. Now l won’t use anything else.
     
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  24. LBBP

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    You might try the Clearlens Chamois for eyeglasses, my wife swears by them and they leave no residue. They also work well for cleaning cell phone glass, easily fit in one's pocket and are washable once dirty.
     
  25. Coincid

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    Never wash them.Not only not worth the amount of effort and cost associated such as detergent, electricity etc . but on a microscopic level, will never be absolutely free of residue or dirt. Throw them away and use a brand new one.
     

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