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Auto Detailing News and Tips , Issue #004, March 2014, Micro Fiber Cloths.
March 02, 2014 Issue #4

Welcome to the fourth issue of the e-zine! Each month we will be providing tips and product reviews to help make the detailing process easier for you. If you have a picture of your latest detailing project we invite you to submit it with a small description of your process and products used for the job.

This month is all about micro fiber cloths. There are many different styles available to you and they all have different purposes. It’s important to know what the cloth is designed to be used for before you start a job. For instance if you are waxing your car, you don’t want to be using a general purpose micro fiber. The edges of the cloth can scratch your paint.

Many places such as Wal-Mart® have most styles of micro fiber cloths available. The general purpose cloths are great for cleaning interior vinyl and wiping headliners, or spot cleaning fabric. I even use them for tough jobs such as tar removal. These cloths are usually less expensive so they are easily replaceable if they get ruined.

Here is a general purpose micro fiber from Wal-Mart. ®

Glass cleaning micro fiber does have a much different feel to them. The cloths are not plush, and they don’t leave fibers behind on the glass. A traditional micro fiber does leave fibers behind however. For glass cleaning cloths, use them strictly on windows nowhere else.

Micro fiber cloths designed for polish and wax removal is more expensive. The high quality ones are made to remove wax without scratching the surface. If you do a lot of polishing and waxing, it’s a good idea to have a supply of these cloths on hand.

To take care of your micro fiber cloths after using them you can buy a micro fiber cleaner. It works the same as laundry soap but it’s designed to clean your cloths without harming them. Traditional laundry soaps can make these cloths feel more abrasive over time. Don’t use fabric softener sheets in the dryer when drying micro fiber cloths as it also has a negative effect on them.

Product review: Simoniz® Glass Cleaning Cloths

I was walking through the store the other day and I came across these cloths in the automotive section. They were on sale for 50% off so I figured I would give them a try.

On the package they advertise lint and streak free cleaning. It sounded good to me so I put them to the test!

Like I mentioned before, glass cleaning cloths have a much different feel to them compared to traditional micro fibers. They are much thinner as well. When using glass cleaner I felt these cloths were much more effective for the final buffing not the initial wiping of the cleaner. You can use them to wipe off the cleaner but I noticed once the cloths became moist, they would leave streaks behind. So for streak free windows, it is important that these glass cleaning cloths remain as dry as possible. The pack does include 3 cloths which is great when one becomes too damp. I found when cleaning the windows on a 4 door car, I was able to get half of them done with one cloth.

Here you can see how thin a new glass cloth is compared to a new micro fiber!

After cleaning the windows of 4 different cars and washing the cloths after each vehicle, I have found that their streak free cleaning ability is starting to fade. They still work well but I’ve found I need to double check the windows now to make sure.

On top is a glass cloth that has been used on 4 vehicles, underneath is a brand new one. It is noticeably faded and smaller but in its defense I did put it in the dryer!

In conclusion I found these Simoniz® cloths to be a good glass cleaning towel for the money. I was lucky enough to get them on sale for 2.99 per pack of 3, but regular price is around 6 dollars. These would be great for someone that cleans there vehicle windows once in a while. However if you own a detail shop I don’t think these cloths could withstand day in day out usage.

Next Issue:

Next month I will be discussing glass cleaners and cleaning methods.

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