How to Properly Care for Auto Detailing Towels

When it comes to cleaning that virtual herd of auto detailing towels you use on a daily basis in your auto detailing business, there are really only four things you need to remember:

  • Sort your towels
  • Don’t use fabric softener
  • Don’t use bleach
  • Skip the heat

Remember what your mother said about sorting laundry — whites with whites, colors with colors? While that’s fine and dandy with clothing, sheets and bath towels, auto-detailing professionals need to sort their towels by task.

Wash your microfibers together. Wash your window towels together, and keep your cleaning towels together. By segregating your towels, you ensure that dirt, grime, lint, etc., won’t comingle and contaminate other towels that are used to clean windows or polish or remove wax.

Here at Detail King, our microfiber towels are machine washable. But with all of the waxes, polishes, oils and chemicals that are applied and then removed with these high-quality towels, regular household detergent isn’t going to do the trick. No how, no way. Laundry soap doesn’t come close to cleaning and restoring these most-important tools of the auto detailing trade. One of the reasons microfibers work so efficiently is because each of the millions of individual fibers is microscopically split to allow for extraordinary absorption. And what they’re absorbing is dirt, grease and grime.

And to emphasize our edict at the outset of this post: Never use bleach or any detergents with bleach alternatives or fabric softeners in them.  Using bleach when washing any towel will cause the towel to create lint and will also breakdown the fibers. Fabric softeners — if used when washing your auto detailing towels — will cause the towel to not absorb properly when in use. It goes without saying that Detail King has the perfect product for you to clean all your towels properly. Micro-Klean is a powerful degreaser — a highly concentrated detergent with absolutely zero bleach or fabric softeners, developed specifically for cleaning and restoring microfibers. The ingredients in Micro-Klean have the ability to break down all chemicals and heavy residues and remove them. The water softener in the solution neutralizes calcium and magnesium in hard water that cause towel fibers to stiffen over a short period of time.

Finally, it’s human nature for us to toss clean wet towels into the dryer and cranking it up to a high heat. If a little heat is good, a lot is better, right? Wrong! Applying the maximum heat to auto detailing towels can dry up the microfibers, which will prevent the towel from absorbing properly. Dry your towels on low heat. They’ll last a lot longer and continue to pick up dirt effectively.

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Comments (3)

  1. haha, good advices :)

  2. Mark says:

    Great article. Washing microfiber towels incorrectly can permanently ruin them.

  3. manasifresh says:

    This article is very interesting to read. Thanks for publish

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