Do you remember those days when you were a young boy/girl, helping out your dad clean your car on a crisp Sunday morning? Remember how you would hose down the car, lather it up with some old piece of sponge, and wash it while spraying water all over the house (and your dad)?

Unfortunately, your kids (and their kids) might never experience Sunday mornings like that again. Well, because now instead of wasting water and time with a hose and a sponge, you have much better cleaning products.

Such as a microfiber cleaning cloth.

When it comes to cleaning surfaces like cars and boats, or even regular surfaces in the house such as your kitchen counter-top, the coffee table, etc., nothing can beat the efficiency of a microfiber cleaning cloth.

As the name suggests, microfiber cleaning cloths are made up of extremely fine fibers, usually of synthetic fibers like nylon or polyester. Despite weighing as light as feathers, they are very durable and strong and have a tremendous water holding capacity. Not only can they absorb water, they can also hold a lot of oil, which makes them ideal for cleaning around the house.

One of my pet peeves is the lint or dust that conventional cleaning cloths leave behind. Imagine spending hours to clean your car before an evening out, only to find a fine trail of lint on the windshield after you’ve dressed up and are getting ready to go out. This is the reason why back in my childhood, my father used to make me clean the car windows with a newspaper as it didn’t leave any lint behind.

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Microfiber cleaning cloth, however, functions the same way: it leaves behind no lint, no dust, or no broken fibers. Once you clean a surface with it, it remains clean.

Of course, not every microfiber cleaning cloth that you see on the market is built the same. The quality and fineness of the fibers that make up the cloth vary a lot. Typically, the finer the fibers, the better the cloth will be at cleaning, and will have a much higher water/oil holding capacity.

Microfiber cleaning cloths can be washed like any other cloth and can last for years. Sure, they might cost a bit more than your regular cleaning cloth, but once you start using one, you’ll never touch any other cleaning cloth ever again!

While soft cotton cloths are a great option for cleaning, if you aren’t using the newer technology in cleaning equipment, i.e., microfibers, you really are missing out on something.

Unlike ordinary cloths which are made from natural fibers, microfibers, as the name suggests, are made from microscopic polyester and polyamide fibers and are really, the cleaning material built for the 21st century.

For one, these microfibers are extremely soft and very resilient to damage. Their durability can make them last a whole lot longer than ordinary cotton cloths. They can be washed without any detergent, and if you are used to cleaning surfaces such as the kitchen counter or the floors with a cleaning solution, you will be very pleasantly surprised when you use microfibers. This is because they can be used with plain ol’ water for cleaning purposes, no cleaning agents required. This means that over time, you will probably save hundreds of dollars in cleaning solution costs.

But the thing that really sets them apart is their quality of absorption. Microfiber cleaning cloths can hold 7 times their own weight in water. They can absorb up to 98% moisture, as compared to cotton which can absorb only 70%. Moreover, they are very powerful when it comes to scooping up dirt or dust; dust and grime particles get stuck in their web like molecular structure.

You can find microfiber cloths, microfiber mops, microfiber towels, and more very easily at your local grocery store, or even online. In terms of cost, these are slightly more expensive than your regular cotton cloths, but in terms of value for money, these simple can’t be beaten.