The 8 Best Microfiber Car Cloths 2021 – Microfiber Cloths for Your Car
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While car vacuums have come a long way in keeping interior upholstery tidy, the implementation of microfiber fabrics has been huge for car cleaning and detailing. Compared to materials like cotton or paper, microfibers are much softer, more absorbent, less abrasive, and less likely to leave lint. These characteristics make them particularly useful for towel drying a wet coat of paint after washing. For this purpose, the rags can be gently swept over the paint surface and pick up excess water without leaving a trace. Stiffer varieties of microfibers can also be used to apply polish, wash glass, and dust interior surfaces.
What to consider
There are three main factors to consider when buying a microfiber cloth, namely pile height, texture and material composition. Pile height measures the softness of the fabric. To dry the car, the softest cloth possible should be used, but more abrasive towels can be used to polish the paint or clean hard plastics. Varieties of texture include “waffle” and “suede”.
The embossed type offers greater absorbency, while the suede ensures even softness on the fabric. As for the composition, the microfiber is generally composed of about 80% polyester fabric for 20% polyamide. Polyester gives the material its characteristic softness and polyamide gives it absorption capacity. We find that high-end towels tend to contain a bit higher concentration of polyamide compared to low-cost brands. Cloths are also available in a range of sizes, from a few inches wide to several feet. Most products can also be machine washed and reused dozens of times under normal conditions.
How we selected
Popular mechanics chose these products based on a combination of car detailing and cleaning knowledge, and reviewed data from sites such as The drive, engine1, and TrueCar. Factors such as the size and price of the product are also taken into account to provide a wide variety of purchasing options.
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Meguiar’s Water Magnet
As the name suggests, this cloth was designed with drying in mind and covers a large area 22 inches by 30 inches to get the job done quickly. It also comes with an embossed pattern for maximum absorption. The composition is standard 80% polyester with 20% polyamide.
While it offers good coverage at a low price, some reviewers have noted that it isn’t particularly gentle compared to the more expensive options.
- Good coverage
- High absorbency
Maxshine Yellow Borderless
This five-pack 16 x 24 inch cloths promises “super soft microfiber” thanks to their thick suede texture. Each sheet of fabric is actually double-sided, with a softer long pile side and a more abrasive short pile side. They are good for washing, waxing and drying without leaving a lot of lint.
During the washing process, the deep fibers help to grab dirt and safely move it away from the paint. The material is again 80% polyester. The relatively small size of the cloth can also mean that you will wring it out a few times while drying, which will take longer. Overall, however, this is a solid all-rounder kit.
- Very soft, with a scouring side
- Lint free
- Pack of five
Electronic Fabric Glass Polisher
Unlike most microfiber cloths, this set of four features a rough, stiff surface with an extremely short pile height. Perfect for applying elbow grease and cleaning dirt from windshields and mirrors, as well as chrome surfaces. You’ll just want to keep them away from the paint, as they’re likely to leave tiny scratches in a sensitive clear coat. Cloths are 20 x 16 inches each and 80% polyester. The manufacturer also guarantees that the product will last at least three years, or around 300 washes.
- Exfoliating texture
- Three-year warranty
Chemical Guys Wooly Mammoth
This cute-named drying towel looks almost more like a rug than just a hand-held cloth. The Mammoth comes with a massive 25-by-36-inch blanket and almost half an inch thick. The fibers are long pile suede, with a polyamide content of 30% for better absorption. The large size, however, can be disadvantageous as the fabric fills with water, becoming awkwardly heavy for some users. You’ll also want to wash it once before using it to rid it of potential lint.
- Mammoth blanket
- Plush and soft
- Heavy when full
- May leave lint
Detailer’s Preference High Density Towels
This kit gives you a dozen bright blue cloths with an average 16×24 inch coverage. The height of the suede bristles is relatively short, so they are more suitable for scrubbing than for retail work. The microfiber composition is also 80% polyester and leaves minimal lint when in use. Black satin stitching around the edging ensures the fabric will hold its shape despite many uses and washes.
- Good for bulk orders
- Satin border
- Small blanket
- Short pile height
Adam’s Ultra Plush Drying Towel
This cloth provides good coverage of 29 by 36 inches and scores top marks for softness and absorbency. It picks up water droplets with very little user effort and can dry an entire midsize vehicle in one pass.
Adam’s even claims “You’ve never seen a towel that sucks so much water.” One side of the product is soft long pile microfiber, while the polyamide material is more absorbent. It’s best to make sure that the soft side is the one that comes in contact with the paint at some point.
- Maximum absorption
- Good coverage
Pack of six Siga microfibers
The small size of this 14 inch by 16 inch cloth makes it perfect for storing a few in the car for periodic dusting or for mopping up emergency spills. You might even face many spills at once, since twelve of them come in the box. However, it is best to keep it indoors, as the coarse, short pile pattern will not look good on the paint.
Make-up is more of a washcloth than a drying towel, and has a very high polyester content. It’s 87% versus only 13% polyamide, and leaves it less absorbent than its contemporaries.
- Compact size
- Interior wiping and scrubbing
- Not too absorbent
- Too coarse for painting
Kirkland Signature Ultra High Pile
For the person who is constantly washing cars or just asks for a handy rag at all times, this Kirkland 36 pack is for you. Each towel measures 16 square inches and comes with a high pile suede fabric that is 80% polyester. These cloths are thick for their relative size, weighing around 60 grams each, and provide a good balance of scrubbing, dusting and drying ability, while leaving the sheer layers both scratch-free and lint-free.
- Amazing bulk value
- Strong fabric all around
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