What are microfibre cloths?
Microfibre cloths are made from materials with threads finer than ten micrometres. Typically, they use synthetic materials like polyester.
Microfibre cloths come in different shapes, sizes and can have different properties to suit different purposes - making them softer, more absorbent, or electrostatic depending on the purpose they’re designed for.
Why do microfibres clean so effectively?
Microfibres can be designed for different cleaning purposes, but there are two unique properties that make all microfibre cloths ideal for cleaning surfaces.
- Microfibre cloths have a larger surface area than a standard cloth. Compared to cotton, they have 4x the surface area for any given cloth size. That means they last longer, and the many more strands of fibres catch and trap more dirt and muck than a standard cloth.
- Microfibre cloths are 7x more absorbent than standard cotton cloths or wipes. You can test whether a cloth is made from microfibre by whether it absorbs a spill of water or just pushes it across a surface. The absorbency of microfibre makes it ideal for cleaning up mess and muck – as well as the inevitable drink spill that happens at meal time.
What do different types of microfibre cleaning cloths do?
Microfibre cloths have been adapted for different cleaning needs over the years and that makes them effective at cleaning all sorts of mess and dirt.
- Split fibre cloths: These are the sort of cloths that catch or snag on your hand when they’re dry and you rub them over your skin. The split fibres increases the thread count significantly and is great for catching dust and tiny microbes
- Positively charged fibres: Those split fibres rub together to create a positive charge of static. This works to attract dirt, grease and dust which are negatively charged). It makes microfibre the ideal material for cleaning up mess and in particular catching – rather than spreading – dust.
- Engineered for softness: If you’re not using a microfibre cloth with split fibres you’ll notice the cloth doesn’t catch or snag on your skin as easily. This makes them ideal for makeup removal and for cleaning skin more generally. While no one wants a microfibre cloth that will catch and pull on their skin, cloths that are super soft while being more absorbent and better and trapping muck and dirt are perfect alternatives to disposable cleansing wipes and pads.
Mushi cloths are ultra-soft and brilliant at removing mealtime muck from little hands and faces. They’re so effective, your toddler can do it for themselves. Just follow these easy steps to clean your kids up better:
- Rinse your Mushi microfibre cloth under the tap. Putting it simply, wet cloths absorb better than dry cloths. Water attracts more water, so whatever you’re cleaning, you’ll get a better result with a damp cloth
- Wring out your cloth. The point is to dampen the cloth, not give it to you toddler dripping wet. So once soaked in warm water, wring it out pretty thoroughly.
- Let your kids do the dirty work. Mushi fibres don’t work by pinching and grabbing muck like they do with a wet wipe. The microfibres do the heavy lifting so a little hand dragging the cloth across their mouth will be enough to remove the mess
- Wash Mushi out in warm water. You can use Mushi cloths a few times before machine washing them. Wash them in warm water to remove any surface muck and then leave to dry
- Machine wash. Add Mushi cloths to a machine wash when they’re particularly soiled and then reuse them. Wash without fabric softener to keep the microfibres working effectively.
7 reasons to love Mushi microfibres for cleaning up your kids
- Avoid putting more chemicals on your kids’ skin. Mushi microfibres clean your kids up with just warm water. We put enough skincare on our kids already and we don’t need more from disposable wet wipes at every meal time.
- Remove more muck than standard wipes. Wet wipes don’t clean effectively. They mainly push the dirt and muck around the skin. That’s why you usually have to pinch and grab the wipe to collect the muck. Mushi microfibres lift and trap muck and mess automatically between the fibres so you – or your toddler - can remove more mess easily.
- Save money and save time. Microfibres make easy work of cleaning and their reusability means you’ve not got to buy disposable wipes again and again. A regular pack of wet wipes costs £0.70p. If you’re optimistically using just 1 wipe per mealtime, you’ll spend over £40 on wipes in a year. Mushi cloths cost just £5 each.
- Dries fast. Microfibres have a much greater surface area than other types of cloth like cotton, so when they’re washed, they dry out more quickly. It makes it easy to wash them out after a mealtime and have them ready for the next clean up. It also means they don’t go musty as quickly.
- No waste in landfill. Microfibre cloths can be washed 1000 times when done right without losing their effectiveness. That’s 1000s of mealtimes taken care of without putting anything in the bin, saving you money and sparing us from mountains of wet wipe waste in the meantime.
- Don’t ship water! Wet wipes effectively just act as a store of the skincare you’re using to breakdown the muck and grease on your kid’s skin. Even the wipes that claim to use just water are essentially just using the cloth to ship water around. Mushi makes use of the water that already comes out of your tap so you don’t have to pay, and neither does the planet, for packing up water to ship to your home.