• Microfiber Part 2

    by Lifeboat Admin ,

    The science community has put a lot of time into researching microfiber lately. EPA, or the Environmental Protection Agency of the US released a study recently which found that towels and materials which have microfibers in them reduce any use of chemicals because of their effectiveness.

    The Royal Roads University
    in Victoria, BC came to the same conclusions. According to Michael Archibald, the Director of the study- “This system is simple, efficient, and effective, and represents the next generation in cleaning systems. Lastly, this system is as effective as cleaning with chemicals.” This is well endorsed from Royal Roads University whose mission statement is- “is to become a global leader in environmental sustainability through innovative strategies, which foster the protection and preservation of the environment.”

    Towels with microfibers are also much less labor intensive, make more sense for your wallet and clean the most effectively. This won’t be surprising given what we’ve already learned about towels with microfibers. It’s important to note that there is a variety of microfiber materials on the market and you want to look for the one that’s right for you. Try to avoid those that are made from “non-split” yarn. This yarn isn’t absorbent and it isn’t effective. In the process of creating this yarn, the manufacturer skips the splitting procedure that we’ve discussed to save money. This is a huge mistake as the towels and materials produced fail in function. As mentioned, it makes the towel not as absorbent but it also means that the towel doesn’t last nearly as long. If you see towels with a denier of .5 or higher, avoid. It will be abrasive on your skin and on surfaces. Quality denier for microfiber should be .02 or less. This tight weave is what helps create lasting results in comfort and performance for towels. Cheaper versions have a weave that may be too wide, or a pile much too long. This is what creates the lint trail that you frequently see after washing and drying your towels. It’s sad to hear but all of these cut corners are not uncommon with manufacturers who are looking to make a profit off of the consumer. Don’t worry, we’re here to tell you how to avoid these.

    The right microfiber towel can last you at least 500 uses. They’re designed both for ease and durability. You can wash these on a normal cycle. We recommend not using softener sheets in the towels, as these can have an inverse effect on your towels. The same goes for fabric softener liquids. These weaken the static charge in the filaments. Ultimately they become less effective. You can also wash in hot soapy water. It’s a good idea to wash your towels separately from your regular clothes so that bacteria from your towels doesn’t travel. If you’re going to dry them in a machine, keep them on a low setting. You can also air dry these totally fine. Due to their absorbency, they’ll take about a third of the time of normal clothes to dry.

    Hopefully now you feel properly informed about microfiber towels and armed with the right knowledge to pick your best.
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