There are multiple ways to clean and wash a microfiber pet towel. You can wash them in the machine or a tub. You can opt for first soaking them or wash in a single go.
Each method differs according to one’s preferences and knowledge. However, did you know that choosing the appropriate method can affect the microfiber towel’s lifespan and work efficiency?
The money that you invested in those premium dog drying towels could either last long and pay you back or can become frayed in a couple of washes.
If you use microfiber towels frequently around your home, we strongly recommend giving the proper washing instructions a read. Maintain these towels, and you can get the best out of them. Let them be, and they will be no different than a regular rag.
Continue reading to find about different methods of washing, cleaning process, tips, and techniques.
Ways to wash Microfiber Pet Towels
As mentioned, there are numerous methods to wash microfiber towels. But, the most commonly-used ones include:
- Washing Machine
Perhaps, the most preferred option when it comes to washing microfiber pet towels in the washing machine. The machine offers the facility of putting the machine, setting the timer, and done. It requires minimal effort and time to get towels cleaned.
The PAWPUP Microfiber Pet Towel is 100-percent machine washable. It means that the towel won’t get damaged regardless of how many times you wash it in the machine. So, when cleaning microfiber towels, ensure the manufacturer has labeled them as machine-washable.
- Manual washing
No, people don’t prefer this conventional cleaning method more than the machine. Manual washing requires soaking the towels in a tub of soapy water. Then, squeezing the water out, rubbing, changing waters, and squeezing more until all the dirt finishes.
- Dry Clean
The least common yet effective way to get microfibers shining and bright is to dry-clean. You can let the local dry cleaner collect the used pet towels and deliver them before the next dog showering session. Dry cleaning involves a cleaning solvent instead of regular water and detergent. Hence, making the process much more effective.
The Cleaning Process
Now, let’s talk about the actual cleaning process when washing microfiber towels at home.
First, separate the towels according to the dirt level and use. If you use microfiber towels for a diversity of purposes, then do not wash them together. Doing so can cause cross-contamination and ruin the fabric further. Instead, sort the towels and wash them separately.
Plus, do not let any other fabric be with microfiber, such as cotton. Cotton has very thin fibers that can cause microfibers to tangle and ruin. So, wash microfiber towels with the only microfiber.
Once sorted, select a suitable washing method and turn on warm water settings. A little heat is necessary to break complex and greasy substances.
Next, pour some dedicated and high-quality microfiber detergent. Do not use harsh chemicals and fabric softeners.
When using the machine, give the towels an extra rinse or two using the extra rinse cycle. It makes sure all the dirt, debris, and remains of the cleaner get removed. Hence, cleaning the towels thoroughly.
Do not compromise on the cleaning level at all for pet towels. If you do so, your furry pal is likely to develop skin and fur problems due to the remaining soap as well as contamination.
Once cleaned, dry the towels either by hanging on the lines outdoors or using the machine dryer.
Washing after Heavy Contamination
Sometimes, microfiber towels can get contaminated to an extent that they change the colors or become unusable. This particular intensity of dirt saturation and contamination means that regular methods of cleaning would be useless on the towels.
You need to implement another technique, called pre-treating. In this, you will soak the microfiber in an all-purpose cleaner solution. Thus, keeping the contamination and dirt from setting in the fibers.
Make sure the microfiber towels remain soaked by putting a grit guard or something. Otherwise, the towels will float on the top and will not soak properly.
Let the towels remain soaked for a considerable time, approximately 30 to 60-minutes. Then, scrub the towels a few times before washing them with clean water. You can use scrubbing tools to make things easier.
However, heavily contaminated microfiber cloths must undergo pre-treating immediately. Waiting or delaying the task can cause the fabric to become damaged.
Is it okay to boil Microfiber towels?
At times, we wait on heavily soiled microfiber towels to a point that retrieving their original performance through washing is not possible. The towels would become discolored, smeared with patches, and dirty. They would stop absorbing much water as the fabric fibers would have too many deposits to clean anything.
In such a situation, we skip the washing part and resort to the boiling stage. Remember, you can only do this for microfiber towels. Check the particular towels for manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Arrange a large pot and fill it with 2/3rd of water.
- Let it boil
- Add one or two ounces of distilled white vinegar to one gallon of water. Stir the mixture.
- Put in a few heavily soiled microfiber towels in the pot. Ensure the water is boiling slowly. Also, keep stirring to prevent towels from sticking on the bottoms or sides.
- Let it boil for 60 to 90-seconds. Remove towels using a pair of tongs and rinse the towels under cool water.
Once removed, use the regular microfiber towel cleaning method to make the towels clean. This particular method should restore the absorbing and cleaning efficiency of a towel.
In case it doesn’t, then do not panic. The microfibers towels are likely approaching the end of the lifespan. You must begin hunting for newer ones!