Microfiber (as it's known in the U.S.), also known as microfibre (in English in the Commonwealth of Nations), is a manmade synthetic fiber that has a diameter of less than ten micrometers and is finer than one denier or thread/decitex. Most motorists and auto detailing shops are familiar with the towel version of the fiber used to dry wet cars without leaving streaks.
Facts about Microfiber
- Microfiber History
The most promising of these ultra-fine fibers of the continuous filament type were made in the 1960s by Dr. Toyohiko Hikota and Dr. Miyoshi Okamoto. These new fibers got many industrial applications, including the microfiber brand known as Ultrasuede and various textile industrial uses. Microfibers like those used in auto detailing towels were first publicized in Sweden in the 1990s and saw success as a product in Europe over a decade.
- What Makes Microfibers So Excellent at Cleaning?
The most common microfiber types are made of a conjugation of polys (polypropylene, polyamide, and polyester) or polyamides and polyesters individually. It's through these synthetic materials that makers can alter the traits of the towels however they want in accordance to user needs.
- Different Microfiber Applications
You can change the size, shape, and combination of synthetic fibers in order to get specific traits, which includes filtering capabilities, electrostatics, water repellency, absorption, toughness, and softness. Natural fibers aren't nearly as tailor-made or adjustable as microfibers.
Microfibers aren't only used for towels. They're also used for many other jobs and products, including accessories that are usually made of leather, which includes coin purses, cellphone cases, shoes, book covers, backpacks, handbags, and wallets.
There's also such a thing as microfiber athletic wear like cycling jerseys. This multipurpose material might be most well-known as towels for auto detailing because of its ability to wick moisture or repel water depending on how it's made and what sort of poly-something it's made of.