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Correct, and you should not use hot wash water as well generally. Here are the directions from my CarPro towels. They mention a specific microfiber detergent, but there are others:

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When caring for microfiber towels there are a few simple rules to live by. Microfiber towels should only be washed with other microfiber towels. If you wash with other types of fabrics like cotton, etc, the microfiber will retain lint from those fabrics. Wash with Micro-Restore which contains everything you want and nothing you do not. NEVER use fabric softeners or dryer sheets. When drying, dry on a very low heat cycle and never leave them in the dryer long enough to overheat. A dry microfiber that is heated to a certain point melts and becomes a danger to paint. Rinsing your new towels in the washer is always a good habit but also be aware that some colors may bleed onto others if you mix colors during that first wash cycle. After use microfiber should be stored, washed, and kept separate according to their task. In other words you would never use a wheel towel and then mix it with your paint towel. Mixing wax and sealant towels with glass and drying towels are a good way to remove absorbency from or cause streaking with your drying towels. Interior or doorjamb towels will collect sand and particles you would never want in your paint buffing towels so keep those separate as well just to be safe.

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All microfiber should be washed once before use to remove any loose fiber from the towel.
Bold or bright colors should be washed separate the first time to avoid color exchange. For safest procedure keep separate for a few washes minimum as there is always a chance for color bleeding between distinctly different Microfiber towel colors
Do not mix with towels used for other tasks
Wash with Micro-Restore safe up to 140F
NEVER use fabric softener sheets
Dry in the dryer only on cool or low heat
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I know some are rolling their eyes at spending the money for quality towels, but my black car is washed and detailed every non rainy weekend, and while sure there are some small swirls, it is relatively swirl free. You invest money in the purchase of your car, a small investment in quality cleaning products and methods doesn't seem far fetched in relation.

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Correct, and you should not use hot wash water as well generally. Here are the directions from my CarPro towels. They mention a specific microfiber detergent, but there are others:



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How To Wash Your Microfiber Towels | DETALKS - YouTube

I know some are rolling their eyes at spending the money for quality towels, but my black car is washed and detailed every non rainy weekend, and while sure there are some small swirls, it is relatively swirl free. You invest money in the purchase of your car, a small investment in quality cleaning products and methods doesn't seem far fetched in relation.

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Question.

Why are MF towels better than prewashed 100% cotton (e.g. soft, clean cloth diapers), quality terry cloth or natural or man-made chamois? I hate the feel of MF towels on my hands. They tend to stick and pull on any dry skin they come in contact with.

So far, nothing in over four decades of personal car care experience has persuaded me to shy away from quality cotton products for cleaning and polishing or chamois for removing water after a hand wash.

I’ve done many hours of research on my Commodore 64 and printed out many articles on my Okidata dot-matrix printer to become more educated on the subject. The upgrade to my 64kb modem has really sped things up, so I’m sure my research is up to date.

I’m still looking for a cellular bag-phone from Apple but no luck yet so texting is out of the question (BTW, what is texting?).

Any help on the subject is appreciated.


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As you can see, it's quite simple...



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Yes, this is exactly what Saetta printed out on his Okidata.

For years I used a good quality chamois to dry my cars. After reading many articles, many posted here, I switched to micro fiber cloths. They do a much faster job than the chamois, but I’m left wondering which is better for the car.


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Question.

Why are MF towels better than prewashed 100% cotton (e.g. soft, clean cloth diapers), quality terry cloth or natural or man-made chamois? I hate the feel of MF towels on my hands. They tend to stick and pull on any dry skin they come in contact with.

So far, nothing in over four decades of personal car care experience has persuaded me to shy away from quality cotton products for cleaning and polishing or chamois for removing water after a hand wash.

I’ve done many hours of research on my Commodore 64 and printed out many articles on my Okidata dot-matrix printer to become more educated on the subject. The upgrade to my 64kb modem has really sped things up, so I’m sure my research is up to date.

I’m still looking for a cellular bag-phone from Apple but no luck yet so texting is out of the question (BTW, what is texting?).

Any help on the subject is appreciated.
One difference between quality microfiber towels and those diapers of yours is the purposeful design of the microfibers to trap and encapsulate anything they catch (which is why they snag on our old dry hands). Diapers on the other hand were designed to (1) absorb moisture and (2) prevent solids from passing beyond the diaper's surface they touch.

Imagine tiny pieces of baby poo on your paint (or don't...even the idea makes me shudder)...Imagine tiny particulate matter on your paint. The cotton diaper is designed to keep particulate matter (e.g. poo) on its surface. Thus, the diaper, no matter how soft, will only drag the particulate across your paint; particulates of a size you can't see or feel, nonetheless leave a trail (skidmark?) behind them. Microfiber towels are designed to capture any particulates and "wrap" them into the nap of the towel, pulling said particulates away from the surface.

Yes, the cotton diapers are soft and smooth, and microfibers are "rough" in comparison, but that's because of the design intent of the materials. That's why auto wash mitts are "knobby" since they're designed to capture the poo-ticulates loosened from the paint by the soap products; microfiber design is a micro-reflection of the same intent.

That's why even the plush microfibers used for removing the hazed wax or sealant after application and bonding has a nap on it. The nap on microfibers is as it is for a reason; clean soft diapers are to induce naps in babies.


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I've always dried my car by driving it down the road really fast. When I get back, no water, no water spots and no collection of towels to be cared for. Maybe I'm not trying hard enough to spend more time fondling my car's exterior. My wife says I already say more nice things about my car than I do about her. If she found me gently caressing the water from my clean car, she's liable to expect the same treatment. And I'm too old for that.

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The Challenger has water on the rear end no matter how fast/long you drive after washing, lol.



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I've always dried my car by driving it down the road really fast. When I get back, no water, no water spots and no collection of towels to be cared for. Maybe I'm not trying hard enough to spend more time fondling my car's exterior. My wife says I already say more nice things about my car than I do about her. If she found me gently caressing the water from my clean car, she's liable to expect the same treatment. And I'm too old for that.
At least your wife didn’t tell you that you spend more money on car care than she does for makeup. Mine did but for once my brain engaged before my mouth did. Walking away in total silence was undoubtedly one of the smartest things i’ve ever done.
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