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Laundering microfiber applicator pads #4843761
08/18/18 12:59 PM
08/18/18 12:59 PM
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wdn Offline OP
wdn  Offline OP

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Do you wash them? I do. After use I them in a zippered mesh laundry bag before they dry out and put it in a load with microfiber towels. These are the nice ones.

Just wondering if other people launder theirs one or more times and reuse.

Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: wdn] #4843792
08/18/18 01:33 PM
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Naw I toss them. I buy cheap cotton wax applicators and toss em. Usually use 1-2 per wax job.


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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: wdn] #4843805
08/18/18 01:43 PM
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I use microfiber cloths in my shop and I get a bunch together and wash them.
They come out great and clean well- even oily ones.


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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: wdn] #4843827
08/18/18 02:26 PM
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Yes I wash them with liquid laundry detergent.


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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: wdn] #4843857
08/18/18 03:05 PM
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I wash the barely dirty ones.. such as used for interior detailing or windows.

not so much ones that have oil,grease,neverseize or brake on em.


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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: Rand] #4843863
08/18/18 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted By: Rand
I wash the barely dirty ones.. such as used for interior detailing or windows.

not so much ones that have oil,grease,neverseize or brake on em.

Why would a microfiber pad have any of that?

Products used on a car's finish should not be used for anything else.

OP, I throw my pads in a bucket with Dawn and water as they get full. When I'm done I wring them out and wash them with woolite and tumble dry.


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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: wdn] #4843931
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I don't "launder" them in the sense that I put them in the laundry machine (because that would gum up the machine or the rest of my clothing in the same cycle or next).

I wash them in the sink or the slop sink.

I find that any kind of wax or protectant makes the foam or microfiber waterproof (like Rain-X) and the water beads off instead of soaking in. To cut that nonsense out quick, I have a spray bottle of water mixed with dish soap and laundry soap, a single spray quickly cuts that surface tension down letting the water soak in. I usually give it a bunch of sprays and massage the soap into it and then rinse it out and let it dry.


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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: wdn] #4844083
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Just thow them in the washer with other stuff and they come out good.

Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: wdn] #4844097
08/18/18 08:50 PM
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Most importantly, don't put them in the drier, unless on the lowest heat setting. All the microfibers fuse together and they are no longer absorbent.


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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: wdn] #4855623
08/30/18 04:00 PM
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According to the Autogeek site, wash them separately in warm water. Dry in dryer at lowest heat setting or no heat with no dryer sheets. Works great for me. Just don't put any cotton towels in with them.

Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: wdn] #4855669
08/30/18 05:07 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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I worked for a Janitorial Sanitation company here in Canada and we sold high quality industrial microfibers. The manufacturers advice was the following and it's well suited for any type of microfiber.

1) Wash in Warm Water with a detergent only that contains no degreaser.
2) Do not bleach unless bleach rated. Never colour-safe bleach.
3) Do not use fabric softener (this clogs up the microfiber)
4) Wash with other microfibers only to prevent pilling/lint.
5) Rinse
6) Low heat or Air dry.

Last edited by StevieC; 08/30/18 05:08 PM.

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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: StevieC] #4855854
08/30/18 08:17 PM
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Good advice. Way too many people treat the things like old underwear. I have a special twine clothesline (a nice Red Green setup if there ever was one) to hang dry mine - the microfibers, not the underwear. wink


Plain, simple Garak.

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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: Garak] #4855856
08/30/18 08:19 PM
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ON, Canada eh?
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Originally Posted by Garak
... the microfibers, not the underwear. wink

LOL


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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: StevieC] #4856126
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Originally Posted by StevieC
I worked for a Janitorial Sanitation company here in Canada and we sold high quality industrial microfibers. The manufacturers advice was the following and it's well suited for any type of microfiber.

1) Wash in Warm Water with a detergent only that contains no degreaser.
2) Do not bleach unless bleach rated. Never colour-safe bleach.
3) Do not use fabric softener (this clogs up the microfiber)
4) Wash with other microfibers only to prevent pilling/lint.
5) Rinse
6) Low heat or Air dry.

All excellent advise....

...for microfibers...not underwear.


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Re: Laundering microfiber applicator pads [Re: wdn] #4856142
08/31/18 07:36 AM
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I cycle them onto dirtier tasks (eventually chain cleaning duties) and then bin them.
I usually use new for buffing, after a few buffing uses they are used for drying, after a few drying uses they are good for application, after a few application uses, they get used for cleaning around doors after that they become general purpose rags and then eventually become dirty job rags.
I always rinse out at a minimum after use until they become rags.

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