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10 Ways to Clean with Microfiber Cloths

Microfiber cloths are inexpensive, waffled, wrinkle-resistant, strong swatches of fabric made from extremely thin filaments which stick to rough skin but make cleaning a breeze.

Invented in 1986 but not widely used in residential homes until recently, microfiber is a man-made fiber which is a mix of several different forms of synthetic materials which create an organic/acid reaction when combined. The combination results in a cloth that is tough, resilient, and several times thinner than other synthetic fiber cloth. The fabric’s strength, precision and sheerness combined with a phenomenal ability to absorb make it perfect for cleaning and drying hard surfaces.

The application to apartment dwellers and home owners is that microfiber is a great addition to your household cleaning arsenal. Not only are they handy and effective but they are surprisingly affordable.

  1. Auto Keep several microfiber cloths underneath the front seat of your vehicle. Easily dust the dashboard, radio and steering wheel without letting dust fly around the car.
  2. Bathroom Store a couple of microfiber cloths to quickly clean and shine chrome, spiff up mirrors and wipe the sink and countertop. When the cloths become dirty, toss them into the washing machine and throw them into the dryer.
  3. Cell Phone Wipe the handset surface, where germs collect, with a dampened microfiber cloth to eliminate fingerprints and dust. To clean sticky messes, combine one cup of water with one drop of mild detergent. Use the mixture to wipe off the phone and then rinse the area (excluding the screen) with a separate, dry microfiber cloth.
  4. Computer Pet hair, dust, lint and ashes can migrate into your tower and clog the inner workings of your computer’s brain. Use the hose attachment of your vacuum to remove pet hair and dust from the back of your computer. Then, easily clean the monitor case with a slightly damp microfiber cloth. Also works great on power cords as well as printers and fax machines.
  5. Digital Camera Remove dust, grime and fingerprints by wiping the outside with a dry microfiber cloth. Then, carefully swipe across the lens.
  6. Kitchen Anywhere that dust and grease collects, microfiber is equal to the task. For best results, use several different cloths for washing, rinsing and drying hard metal or stone surfaces.
  7. Plants Use microfiber cloths to clean live and artificial plants. Just lightly dampen a microfiber cloth and wipe each leaf or flower. This will also add moisture to live plants.
  8. Music Players Just wipe the outside of CD players and iHomes with a slightly damp microfiber cloth to clean, being careful not to let moisture seep into the inner workings. Then, dry with a separate cloth. You’ll be amazed at how well these nifty cloths remove dust.
  9. Plasma Screens Unplug the power cord, then remove fingerprints and dust by carefully wiping your screen with a dry microfiber cloth. Also, use it to clean the remote control.
  10. Windows One of the most dreaded housecleaning chores is window cleaning. But you can take care of this nasty job easily by using two microfiber cloths…one wet and another dry, to wet and then wipe off streaks. No chemicals required.

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