Autochem Ultra Microfibre Towels
Waffle and Terry Weave
AutoChem Ultra Microfibre Towels represent the latest technology in automotive drying products and are especially woven and treated to avoid scratches (soft, absorbent, deep-piled, with tiny high-density filaments). AutoChem Ultra Microfibre Towel will further enhance cleaning by breaking up the electrostatic forces which hold stubborn dirt to the paint work.
By now, most people will be aware of the very latest in cleaning cloth technology, the so called “miracle cloths” or microfibre cloths. They really are very much better than older cleaning sponges, wipes, rags etc. In particular, they can clean and remove bacteria without any detergents or disinfectants. A number of well-regarded scientific institutions have now confirmed this. For our purposes these materials, specially treated and woven into towels, are absolutely ideal for cleaning and polishing cars. Nothing else at present works as well. Forget cotton terry towels. Forget chamois. Forget water removal blades. They can pick up airborne grit and scratch and swirl your finish. Our AutoChem Ultra Microfibre Towel is especially woven and treated – soft, absorbent, deep-piled, with tiny high-density filaments- so that this will not happen. The special microfibres used in our AutoChem Ultra Microfibre Towels are called ‘bicomponent split-wedge microfilament’.
Let me explain each of these terms.
A normal microfibre, as used in soft, easy-draping, moisture-wicking apparel is about 3 denier in thickness and made from a spun synthetic yarn formed by forcing a molten resin (usually polyester) through tiny holes in a metal die (a “spinneret”). A bicomponent fibre is made in a similar way, but a single thread is formed from two different resins (in our case Polyester and Nylon) extruded in a pattern like pieces of a pie when viewed end-on. These pie-shaped pieces are then split apart along the entire length of the fibre to yield microscopically tiny filaments with a cross-sectional shape much like the rubber elements in a windscreen wiper blade. It sounds like science fiction, but it is true! Each minute filament is shaped to scrape and squeegee, and this gives them the tremendous dirt-removal and drying ability they are selected for. Each filament is only 0.13 denier, compared with a human hair at 20 denier and a silk fibre at 2 to 8 denier. So, these are very special microfibres with an enormously enhanced moisture and dirt absorption capacity.
Additionally, there is a huge amount of space between the millions of tiny filaments that collects and holds dirt by capillary attraction, and this gives the towels the extraordinary ability to hold 6 to 7 times their own weight of water. Finally, the nylon is used for its oil and grease holding powers (nylon is “oleophilic” or having an affinity for oil) and abrasion resistance and toughness, while the polyester attracts dust and gives a soft hand to the cloth, as well as being a good scrubbing agent.
The grease–holding nylon content is the reason Microfibre does not rinse well with water alone. Try rinsing a used, but apparently still clean, microfibre towel with plain water into a white bowl until the rinse water squeezes out clean. Then add hand soap to the same cloth, work it in and re-wring into the sink. See how much dirt comes out that plain water could not release. It is Amazing! And this is dust the cloth has collected, sequestered, and prevented from being re-deposited on your paintwork as you wipe it down. Grease and oil are held in the same way, but the stains on the cloth are more obvious. It is critical that dust on the cloth is held in this way, so that it cannot scratch the paintwork. This is why these cloths are sometimes termed “miracle cloths”, though kitchen and bathroom varieties have nowhere near the size, weight and pile of the towels we are offering here.
There is much written on the web about the different weights and weaves of microfibre cleaning cloths. Suffice it to say here that we have carried out the selection process for you, after many hours of trial and research. We chose a piqué weave (waffle weave) in a heavy base fabric for its combination of water absorption, dirt holding and squeegeeing action, coupled with easy wringing, (which can be a problem for smaller hands when heavy terry or loop-pile weaves are selected). The fibre make-up we have chosen is 70% polyester (PET) and 30% Nylon (polyamide) for the way it works synergistically with our AutoChem “BLAST OFF”. We also have a heavy terry weave available, for applications where a longer pile towel works better.
Washing Your Auto-Chem Ultra Microfibre Towel
A great way of cleaning your AutoChem Ultra Microfibre Towel is just before you wash the car.Lay it out flat on the bonnet of your car and spray it with AutoChem “BLAST OFF” through the water blaster at the same time you spray the car. Then repeatedly wring the towel to loosen the dirt, rinse several times with clean water until the rinse water runs clean in a clean porcelain sink or white pail as mentioned above. Carry on and Blast the car clean, then dry and buff it with the towel.
Do not use Fabric softeners when cleaning your Towel in the washing machine. Fabric softeners are greasy and the softener will be retained in the fibres, thereby clogging your towel and reducing its effectiveness. Most washing machine detergents contain at least some fabric softener, hence the technique recommended above. Similarly, anti-static pads in the dryer are also bad- they destroy the vital static charge the nylon fibres use to attract and hold the dust when used as a dry duster inside the car. The towel can be quite happily dried in your clothes dryer, but remember it acts as a dirt magnet, and may well attract and hold all sorts of fibres and pilling from other clothes in the same dryer load.
If you have used your AutoChem Ultra Microfibre Towel s to apply wax, it will no longer absorb water rapidly. Test this by dropping water on the dry towel. It should disappear into the towel immediately. If it hangs up as a droplet on the surface for even a very short time, your Towel needs a 60 degree C. wash in laundry detergent to restore its absorbency, before using again for drying off. For waxing, it would still be fine without the hot wash, of course.