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      06-29-2009, 10:03 PM   #1
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microfiber detergents

I have a special microfiber detergent (Micro Restore), but I'd like to know what the majority of you use. It would be simpler, cheaper, and more convenient to use ordinary over the counter detergents, but I would only go this route if this would be a wise thing to do. I'm trying to economize regarding my carwashing accessories.
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Tide is a good, strong detergent that works well and is available everywhere. If you want to avoid a scent, use Tide Free, though it isn't necessary. The Mexican version of Ariel detergent (available at a Latino grocery) is a strong soap that works well, too, although the scent is fairly powerful for the uninitiated.

You can use regular -- fabric softener free -- detergents to wash MF with no problems. The keys are (1) using about half the soap you think you need; (2) washing MF with other MF products and no lint producers like regular cotton towels; (3) using VERY hot water; (4) using a second rinse cycle if your washer has one; and (5) drying without fabric softener. Oh, one more key: throw away MF towels (or banish them to rims, door jambs, etc.) after they get old or too dirty to clean and are no longer good enough for your paint.

If you have a front-load washer with water heater / sanitary cycle, use it at the hottest setting. Some of the front-loaders can make the water just short of boiling, which is great to clean MF.

If you normally use dryer sheet fabric softeners, the inside of your dryer is probably coated with the waxy fabric softener stuff, and that could get on your MF towels, making them less soft and absorbent, unfortunately.
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i use Tide and micro restore together. honestly i am not sure how well it works?
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Tide free, then a second rinse cycle with a capful of white vinegar per towel.
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What kind of cycle do you put it on? Delicate/gentle?

What about applicator pads and sheepskin mitts?
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Regular cycle, hottest water, unless a particular item is delicate enough to be ripped by the agitator (and you don't have a mesh bag to put it in). Most "delicate" or other non-reg cycles use colder water and less agitation, probably a slower spin dry at the end. No need for this with MF towels, which are not delicate, so give them the good stuff. Like I said, many FL washers have a "sani" cycle that is good for MF towels.

Distilled white vinegar is a good call. I use DWV in the rinse for everything, including MF towels. Second rinse is just water, BTW -- first rinse is where the DWV comes in.
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Hot water? Wow, I thought they were synthetic so warm or even cold was better for them.

I use Tide most of the time, but will use the CG microfiber detergent every once in a while, particularly after a wax.
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I use regular detergent, the frangance free or natural versions, hot water and a splash of white vinegar. The hot water and white vinegar help restore the ability to soak up water of MF drying towels. Never use Fabric softener.
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