Since the 1950s when microfibre cloths first began to be developed, the material has spread to a variety of uses. Microfibre refers to fibre that is less than one Decitex, a measure of linear density, per filament. They are commonly made of polyester, polyamide, or polypropylene polymers. One of the first common uses of the fibre was in the creation of Ultrasuede in the 1970s. This is a faux suede that is much easier to sew and costs much less than true suede, making it a popular material rather quickly.
Microfibre is commonly seen in the creation of microfibre cloths for cleaning electronic devices and similar sensitive screens and lenses. These cloths are typically made from polyester and polyamide. When knitted together in a careful process they create a highly efficient, soft cleaning tool.
For example, they are excellent for high quality cameras, computer screens, eye glasses, modern flat screen televisions, and tablets. The microfibre cloths work exceptionally well for a few reasons. One, they are extremely absorbent. They quickly absorb liquids and oils and are capable of holding up to eight times their weight in liquid. Similarly, they can reduce the number of bacterial present on a surface three times better than a conventional dust cloth, up to 99% of the bacteria. This gives the material appeal for those interested in green cleaning and the avoidance of toxic chemicals. It is extremely adventageous for frequently used surfaces that are passed between people.
They are also reusable, which is another plus for the environmentally minded. The cloths have such fine fibres that they are able to absorb dust without leaving lint behind making it excellent for lenses, such as cameras, where leftover lint can disrupt the use of the machines. Also, the cloths are so soft that they will not scratch the sensitive surfaces they are being used on which is important to consider for technology such as tablet screens.
Users do need to show some degree of caution, however, with overuse. As the cloth absorbs dust or particles it can quickly become less efficient and run the risk of damaging sensitive surfaces such as LCD television screens.
Microfibre cloths are often provided with many electronic devices, such as computer laptops or cameras. However, since they are used frequently on such a wide variety of tools, and users want to avoid overuse, they can also make an excellent gift or promotional material. A company can make printed microfibre cloths to promote their brand for clients or potential customers. It would be a gift that would be appreciated and used by many people.
Microfibre cloths have a diverse number of uses from absorbing oils to disinfecting. The fine fibres allow for both incredible absorbency capabilities as well as being reusable. Those who have high tech equipment enjoy the cleaning aspects which help them preserve their sensitive screens and lenses. Whatever the personal use of microfibre cloths, the material has made a large impact on the world.