Microfiber care is a big deal; many people don’t do it correctly. You can reuse 99% of your towels. The only towels we don’t recommend reusing are towels that you level a ceramic coating with. The ceramic coating will usually dry and crystallize on the towel; you don’t want to use that again. Just toss those when done, or use them for non-soft surfaces. Everything else can be reused. Eventually, the nice towels will become ratty and can be relegated to dirty jobs.
As you can see on our site, we have a different towel for every use case: Microfiber.
When using and caring for towels, We separate them into two main groups: Paint and Non-Paint Use. We keep the nice paint towels, be it a polish removal towel, drying towel, or something else, separate from my towels used for dirtier jobs like the wheels, doorjambs, and interior. We separate these towels into two different laundry baskets before washing and then wash them separately.
When washing, there are a few things you need to pay attention to:
1. Only wash your microfiber towels with another microfiber. Never add these to a load of clothes or any other textiles. The microfibers will grab all the lint from cotton and become clogged up, and never work right again.
2. Only use a microfiber cleaning solution like P&S Rags to Riches Microfiber Detergent or a “free & clear” detergent with no scents, dyes, or softeners.
3. DON’T use any softeners in the wash or dryer! It will ruin your towels.
Heat and dryer sheets are the main things to stay away from when drying. Microfiber is made mainly of polyester and some polyamide, which, in the most basic sense, is just plastic, and it will melt or lose functionality if heated to 140F or more. Only use LOW HEAT or NO HEAT when drying your towels. We also like to wash and dry our Non-Paint towels first in case any leftover lint or soap residue from the last load of clothes went through. A dedicated washer and dryer are ideal, but that’s not feasible for most people.
Storage for your towels is important as well. Because microfiber grabs and holds onto particles and debris, it's very important to try and keep them isolated from the rest of your garage or workspace. If you have a nice cabinet to keep them in, this is a great way to keep them from collecting dust and contaminants. Many people like to use sealed plastic containers like something from Rubbermaid.