Updated: Aug 8, 2020
Ever since the introduction of microfiber, auto detailing and cleaning in general has been revolutionized. It serves for countless purposes and applications such as polishing, waxing, and cleaning. For most professional car detailers and enthusiasts, microfiber has become a necessity in our arsenal of car care products. Although the common misconception is that all microfiber towels have the same quality and grade. That is exactly what is going to be elaborated in this blog!
What is Microfiber?
Microfiber are ultra fine synthetic fibers made of mainly polyamide and polyester in the detailing industry. To further understand how fine these fibers are, microfiber can be a hundred times finer than a human hair.
Polyester acts as the back bone for the structure of the towel and polyamide gives the towel it's density and absorption characteristics. The hundred thousands of strands woven into one towel is what allows to be ridiculously effective at absorbing and grabbing elements.
This diagram made by Vassia Atanassova is great comparison of traditional cotton versus microfiber and how it performs.
Grades and Quality of Microfiber
With that being said, you may now understand that there are many factors that make up the quality and grade of microfiber towels such as the blend of polyamide and polyester, wieght and density, origin and manufacturer consistency.
Your typical microfibre towels found in big box stores such as Walmart, Costco, and Canadian Tire are the perfect examples of mid-grade towels that can eventually take a heavy toll on your vehicles paintwork. Not saying that they are irrelevant, as all towels have their purpose such as wheels, interior, and potential polishing or coating. In our professional opinion, the least amount of contact on a vehicles paintwork is the ideal solution for maintaining its brilliance and shine.
With that being said, our harsh conditions in Alberta don't allow to stay touchless for long. So when you do have to touch your paintwork, being as gentle as possible is key (especially when washing, drying, and quick detailing). Couple specifications to look out for when choosing a high pile microfibre would be blend of polyester/polyamide (70/30), minimum of 380 GSM (grams per square meter), and its origin and manufacturer reputation of course (preferably Korean and honourable mentions; Rag Company, Chemical Guys, Griots Garage). Chenille microfiber wash mitts are another great recommendation. All this put together allows these ultra plush microfiber to be much less abrasive and more absorbent, reducing the risks of marring and scratching your paintwork.
Higher quality towels definitely come with higher price tag but lets not forget that they are reusable! If properly washed (low heat, no fabric softener, no bleach), these towels can be preserved for years to come.
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