We’ve received such a great response in the previous posts that we’re continuing our A Cloth With a Learning Curve series with this article where we discuss e-cloth recovery steps when we are lax with “proper care”. Taking care of your e-cloths by rinsing them after each use, allowing them to dry between uses, and washing weekly helps to maintain your e-cloths to peak performance. I know that I sometimes fail to do all of this and when that happens, take the following steps.
There are rare cases where your e-cloths might seem like they’re just not working
properly. A perfect example: You swipe the cloth across the bathroom counter but it just doesn’t seem to pick up everything. This typically means the fibers are clogged.
Clogged fibers? Here’s a little bit about our amazing proprietary fiber science – this will help you understand how and why this happens. (This is where e-cloth shines!)
The reason microfiber technology is so popular for cleaning is because of its superior performance. The higher the fiber density, the better performing a cloth is. To obtain this superior density, fibers are split, and then split again, and then split again for finer, denser fiber composition. In fact, e-cloth fibers are up to 1/200th the width of a human hair (or 1,000 times finer than cotton!) which means we can squeeze in more fibers on a single cloth. Ready to have your mind blown? e-cloth has 3.1 MILLION fibers per square inch!! Most microfiber on the market has just 20,000 to 30,000 fibers per square inch.
Water molecules are electrically unbalanced which attracts them to dirt, dust and bacteria. When wiped over a surface, e-cloth fibers draw in these water-coated particles deep into the cloth, trapping them in until rinsed. Sometimes, if the fibers pick up oil- or chemical-coated particles, they can get stuck, rendering the fibers inefficient.
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Fibers can get clogged in a few instances:
- If you wash e-cloths with fabric softener
- If you use essential oils with your e-cloths on a regular basis
- It can even happen if you use other cleaning solutions with your cloths
In these cases, there’s a simple little fix that will make them good as new.
Instructions for Unclogging e-cloth Fibers:
- Fill a stock pot about halfway with water.
- Add 1/4 cup of baking soda and bring to a boil. (Be careful: the baking soda causes the water to boil over!)
- Add cloths carefully to boiling water. Boil for 10-15 minutes.
- Drain off the water and carefully remove cloths. Rinse and use. (Or you can wash them in the washing machine before using.)