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Microfiber (British spelling: Microfibre) is fiber with strands less than one denier. Microfiber is the perfect blend of polyester and polyamide. Fabrics made with microfibers are exceptionally soft and hold their shape well. When high quality Microfiber is combined with the right knitting process, it creates an extremely effective cleaning material. This material can hold up to seven times its weight in water. They are also used for some cleaning applications, because of their exceptional ability to absorb oils. Spelling differences redirects here. ... Fiber or fibre[1] is a class o f materials that are continuous filaments or are in discrete elongated pieces, similar to lengths of thread. ... Denier is a unit of measure for the linear mass density of fibers. ... For other uses, see Textile (disambiguation). ... Synthetic motor oil An oil is any substance that is in a viscous liquid state (oily) at ambient temperatures or slightly warmer, and is both hydrophobic (immiscible with water, literally water fearing) and lipophilic (miscible with other oils, literally fat loving). This general definition includes compound classes with otherwise unrelated...


Microfiber is constructed in a blend of 80/20 ratio of polyester/polyamideams. They are made from a revolutionary warp knitted thread, comprised of wedge-shaped polyester filaments with a core of nylon. The fiber's wedge shaped filaments follow surfaces, lift up dirt, and then trap the particles inside the fibers. The capillary effect between the filaments and nylon core creates a high absorbency, which in turn enables this cloth to clean and polish at the same time. Safe for the most delicate surfaces, microfiber cloths will never harm anything you use them on.[citation needed] Only water is needed as a detergent to clean any type of surface.[citation needed]

To clean a microfiber cloth, wash with warm soapy water and rinse well. The warm water opens up the fibers, allowing them to release the locked in dirt. You may also put the cloths in the washing machine and then dry them in the dryer on low. Do not use fabric softeners of any kind as the chemicals clog the microfibres, making them less effective. Do not use bleach either because it corrodes the fibres over time, making them less effective. Definitely do not iron.

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Microfiber performance apparel has become a very popular alternative to cotton apparel for athletic wear, such as cycling jerseys, because the microfiber material wicks moisture away from the body, keeping the athlete cool and dry. Microfibers were also initiated for use in the military and for many federal agencies, such as in the Future Force Warrior Program. This allows for more rapid drying of the soldier and less skin irritation due to moisture. For other uses, see Cotton (disambiguation). ... Police officer on a bicycle Cycling is a means of transport, a form of recreation, and a sport. ... The Armys Future Force Warrior system is one step closer to being fielded as the Ground Soldier System following a successful demonstration in August 2006 of its electronic networking capability. ...

With microfiber basketballs already popular worldwide and in FIBA, the NBA proposed the use of a microfiber ball so players could handle the ball better.[citation needed] This comes about because microfiber has the ability to absorb water and oils, meaning that sweat from players touching the ball is better absorbed, making the ball less slippery. The International Basketball Federation (French Fédération Internationale de Basketball) is an association of national organizations which governs international competitition in the sport. ... “NBA” redirects here. ...

Microfiber is also widely used by car detailers to handle such tasks as removing wax, quick detailing, cleaning interior, cleaning glass, as well as drying. Due to its fine fibers which leave no lint or dust, microfiber towels are a popular choice for avid car detailers and enthusiasts. Chamois leather is also used. Auto detailing is the practice of performing an extremely thorough cleaning and polishing of an automobile, both inside and out, to produce a show-quality level of detail. ... Look up lint in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up dust in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Chamois leather is leather made from the skin of the chamois, although the term is also commonly used to refer to cloths made from the skin of other animals or a synthetic material version. ...

Care should be exercised when using microfiber for cleaning of sensitive surfaces. By nature it accumulates dust, debris, and particles inside its material. Sensitive surfaces (such as all high tech coated surfaces e.g. CRT, LCD and plasma screens) can easily be damaged by a microfiber cloth if it has picked up grit or other abrasive particles when you use it. The cloth itself is generally safer to use on these surfaces than more common cloths, particularly as no cleaning fluid is required for cleaning such surfaces. One solution to ensure safe cleaning of such surfaces is to wash and dry the microfiber cloth after each use, care should be taken to use prescribed washing and drying methods to ensure proper handling. Cathode ray tube employing electromagnetic focus and deflection Cutaway rendering of a color CRT: 1. ... “LCD” redirects here. ... An example of a plasma display Composition of plasma display panel A plasma display panel (PDP) is a type of flat panel display now commonly used for large TV displays (typically above 37-inch or 940 mm). ...

Microfiber mops are more costly than conventional mops, however some institutions find them more economical because they are longer lasting and require less effort to use.[1][2] A mop in a bucket with a wringer. ...

Microfibers used in table cloths, furniture, and car interiors are designed to repel liquids and consequently are difficult to stain. Microfiber table cloths will bead liquids until they are removed, they are often advertised showing red wine on a white table cloth that wipes clean with a paper towel.

Microfiber underwear have been said to cause problems with yeast infections for some women.[citation needed] Candidiasis, commonly called yeast infection or thrush, is a fungal infection of any of the Candida species, of which Candida albicans is the most common. ...

Microfiber textiles tend to be flammable and emit toxic gases when burning.[citation needed] They are made with synthetic fibers such as polyester and nylon (often constructed from polypropylene), which are made from petrochemicals. Microfibers are not made from a renewable resource and they are not biodegradable. However, the petroleum energy used in fertilizers, pesticides, transportation and processing to produce cotton and other renewable resource fibres may outweigh direct use of the petroleum as base stock for producing fibre. A symbol for flammable chemicals Flammability is the ease with which a substance will ignite, causing fire or combustion. ... Toxic redirects here, but this is also the name of a song by Britney Spears; see Toxic (song) Look up toxic and toxicity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... SEM picture of a bend in a high surface area polyester fiber with a seven-lobed cross section Polyester is a category of polymers, or, more specifically condensation polymers, which contain the ester functional group in their main chain. ... For other uses of this word, see nylon (disambiguation). ... Polypropylene lid of a Tic Tacs box, with a living hinge and the resin identification code under its flap Micrograph of polypropylene Polypropylene or polypropene (PP) is a thermoplastic polymer, made by the chemical industry and used in a wide variety of applications, including food packaging, ropes, textiles, plastic parts... Petrochemicals are chemical products made from raw materials of petroleum (hydrocarbon) origin. ... A natural resource qualifies as a renewable resource if it is replenished by natural processes at a rate comparable to its rate of consumption by humans or other users. ... Biodegradation is the process by which organic substances are broken down by living organisms. ... Pumpjack pumping an oil well near Lubbock, Texas Ignacy Łukasiewicz - inventor of the refining of kerosene from crude oil. ... Spreading manure, an organic fertilizer Fertilizers (also spelled fertilisers) are compounds given to plants to promote growth; they are usually applied either via the soil, for uptake by plant roots, or by foliar feeding, for uptake through leaves. ... A cropduster spreading pesticide. ...


  1. ^ UC Davis Health System: Newroom. UC Davis Pioneers Use of Microfiber Mops in Hospitals: Mops reduce injuries, kill more germs and reduce costs. June 23, 2006. http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/newsroom/releases/archives/other/2006/mop6-2006.html
  2. ^ Sustainable Hospitals Project, University of Massachusetts, Lowell. 10 Reasons to Use Microfiber Mopping. http://www.sustainablehospitals.org/PDF/tenreasonsmop.pdf

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