In our first blog post, we would like to provide you with vital information about our core products, microfibre cloths. With over 20 Years of experience in the microfibre industry, we have a great deal of knowledge in this sector. So let us start at the beginning.
What are microfibre cloths made from?
Microfibre is a synthetic fibre. The material used is mainly polyester, polyamide & nylon. These materials are then woven together and dipped through a chemical process to break down the fibres. This process is known as splitting. The fibres get split down or even ultra-split (depending on the polyamide content) for premium products to be as small as 1/300th the diameter of a human hair. The higher the Polyamide content, the softer the cloth will be.
You may be thinking, why do the fibres need to be that small? Well, when fibres get split down to that size, it is super beneficial for collecting dust and grime & absorbing moisture. Each strand can absorb and hold on to the contained substance instead of pushing it around the area due to its ultra-fine fibres. In addition, the tiny fibres of the microfibre cloth can reach and remove dirt and grime that traditional cleaning cloths may miss.
Microfibre cloths are also great to use dry as the tiny fibres create a positive static charge which draws in dust & dirt. Unlike cotton cloths which make a negative charge, which pushes dust & dirt away. When wet, the microfibres uses capillary action, which draws in moisture.
In addition to their cleaning power, microfibre cloths are also known for their durability. These cloths can withstand hundreds of washings without losing their effectiveness, making them a cost-effective cleaning solution. They also dry quickly and don't leave behind lint or fibres, which can be a problem with traditional cleaning cloths. They are also lightweight, easy to handle and store, and take up less space than conventional cleaning tools.
Microfibre cloths are also environmentally friendly. You can wash and reuse them multiple times, reducing the need for disposable cleaning products. They also use less water, cleaning solution, and energy than traditional cleaning methods. This makes them an ideal choice for people looking to reduce their environmental impact and save money on cleaning supplies.
This leads to another massive benefit of using microfibre cloths. In most cases, you won't need cleaning chemicals. Instead, add water, and the cloth will collect and hold onto the soiling until washed. And with the ability to remove 99% of bacteria and germs, they are an ideal choice for cleaning areas that require a high level of hygiene.
The main benefits of Microfibre cloths
- Excellent absorbing properties
- Cleaning chemicals are rarely required
- Super soft material for sensitive surfaces
- Collects bacteria until washed
- Premium cloths you can launder up to 500 times
- Collects and holds onto dirt, dust & grime
- Creates a static charge which draws in dust
- Uses capillary action when wet which draws in moisture
- Strong durability
Our range consists of general-purpose cloths to specific specialist cloths. So whatever you need, we will have it, or we can make it!
Microfibre cleaning cloths are perfect for cleaning, polishing and wiping furniture and surfaces in kitchens, bathrooms and vehicles. These highly absorbing cloths can effortlessly pick up moisture, dirt, dust and grease from various surfaces.
What does gsm mean?
Grams per square metre (GSM) is the density of the microfibre product. No matter what type of weave or length of the pile a cloth has, the higher the GSM, the more suited it is to absorb moisture.
What are the benefits of the different types of weaves?
We stock many cloths with many different weaves, which can be confusing when scrolling through our range trying to find the one that best suits your needs.
1. Short Pile - For instance, we stock four terry short pile weaves: our EcoWipes, Recycled EcoWipes, Premiums & Seamless Terry. These cloths are excellent for scrubbing and removing dirt and grime from surfaces. In addition, these microfibre cloths are particularly effective for cleaning kitchens and bathroom surfaces and removing heavy stains.
2. Plush weave, the longer denser piles like our 1000 gsm, seamless fleece, terry 450gsm (also has a short pile on the reverse side) and whisper soft, are much softer cloths/towels, making them more absorbent, which makes them great for drying or dusting sensitive surfaces.
3. Pearl Knit - We have two cloths with pearl knit weaves. This is a super tight weave, made to the highest quality possible. If these cloths are cared for properly, they can last for many years.
4. Waffle - Our waffle cloth pattern allows the microfibre cloth to hold, retain and absorb water much more accessible than a traditional drying towel.
5. Flat Weave & Fish scale - Traditional glass cloth has a flat weave design that is much more delicate than traditional microfibre cleaning cloth. In turn, it allows for a lower absorption rate but makes it easier to rinse, preventing smear marks. Glass cloths are more to polish rather than clean. However, our fish scale can do both jobs. With the aggressive fish scale pattern, it can clean & polish dirty windows.
How to care for your microfibre cloths
We recommend washing our cloths at around 40 degrees. We make our cloths of the highest quality fabrics, which allows washing up to 95 degrees. However, shrinkage will occur in the initial few washes, up to 5%. Also, our cloths can be tumbled dried, which can be beneficial as it opens the fibres. Finally, unlike most microfibre cloths, our fibres will not burn at elevated temperatures.
Please do not use any fabric softeners/conditions when washing our microfibre cloths. Fabric softeners/conditions will leave a coating on fabrics, preventing the microfibres from working efficiently. However, you can use fabric softeners/conditions on our microfibre bath towels.
We recommend throwing away one of these cloths when you have cleaned a mess which consists of a sticking or glue-like substance or those that are extremely dirty. To prevent accidental damage to a surface, you are cleaning.
Paragon Microfibres top cloths
Here is a list of our top product recommendations for your specific needs.
Most affordable - EcoWipes
Our general-purpose cloths are far superior to traditional J-cloths and supermarket microfibre cloths. We have designed our cleaning cloths to the highest quality possible for a very affordable price. Also, you can launder these cloths over 300 times, and if they are cared for properly, they can last for many years.
Top Cleaning Cloth - Premiums
Our microfibre premium cloths contain a mix of 70% polyester & 30% polyamide. The polyamide content is what makes this cloth 'premium'. The higher the polyamide content, the more absorbent and softer the fabric is. Therefore, we have designed this cloth to reach the highest amount of polyamide possible. If we were to add more, it would become too weak and break down.
Also, we have designed these cloths with a high splitting ratio, called 'ultra-spilt'. After the ultra-split process, the fibres are 1/300 the thickness of human hair, producing an incredibly soft material. Our super soft and extra-dense fibres are much more absorbent and superior at picking up bacteria, dust, dirt and grime, which makes this cloth perfect for hundreds of uses.
Our best drying towel/cloth - Diamond Weave
Our high-tech 500GSM Diamond Weave Drying Towel is the best on the market. It has the highest absorption rate compared to any other towel we offer. It's constructed using a sandwich technique, which allows for three layers of super-absorbent microfibre. If you're looking for a high-quality drying towel, this is the one. Drying towels do not always need to be fluffy & plush to be absorbent. Also, having a drying towel which is not fluffy makes it far easier to rinse, clean and wring out.
Our best cloth for hygiene-controlled areas - Silver Nitrate
The silver nitrate qualities embedded in these cloths are best suited for bathroom and kitchen cleaning due to their bacteria-killing properties, making them far superior to other microfibre cloths cleaning in germ-infested areas.
Our best glass/window cleaning cloth - Fishscale
The next-generation glass cloth. We have designed this cloth to be more aggressive than our traditional standard weave glass cloth with higher absorption qualities. The fish scale patterns also allow for easier grime removal.
Our best cloth for sensitive surfaces - Optical Quality
Our optical-quality glass cloth is ideal for all sensitive surfaces, such as cameras, laptops, mobile phones, wine glasses and much more. We make our optical cloths using an ultra-split ratio to produce a soft, sensitive work cloth.