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Microfiber vs. Cotton Cleaning Cloths

July 9, 2018

You’ve probably heard microfiber cleaning cloths are better for cleaning electronics and eye glasses than cotton is. But do you know the difference? Let’s take a look.

Cotton is a natural fiber, while microfiber is a synthetic. Most people believe natural is always better and in most cases it probably is, but maybe not in cleaning your electronics and glasses. 

Cotton cloths are soft, gentle, and breathable, but do they clean as well as a microfiber cloth? Cotton cloths are made of organic material which absorbs and holds bacteria and odors, and tends to push dirt and debris around the object, without doesn’t actually removing it. And of course there is lint. Most cotton cloths leave a trail of lint behind, which kind of defeats the point of cleaning.

Microfiber, on the other hand, is typically made with a polyester, nylon and/or or polamide blend with tons of microscopic fibers (hence the name) so it is much finer than silk, thinner than cotton, and lint free. When combined, these tiny fibers are up to 40 times larger than a cotton fiber, making the cloth extremely porous, allowing it to pick up more dirt, bacteria, and dust and even water. As a matter of fact, microfiber is so absorbent it can hold up to 7 times its weight in water!

 And unlike cotton cloths, you don’t need soap and water to clean properly. As a matter of fact, using a dry microfiber cloth is usually best, especially with electronics and glasses. You can quickly and easily clean your eye glasses without streaking and having little bits of lint left behind!