Microfibre cloth reviews

Keep your regular household cleaning simple and green with a microfibre cloth and a spray of water.
 
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01 .Introduction

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CHOICE tested 10 microfibre cloths, ranging in price from $3.60 to $9 per pack, with a couple coming in a pack of three. Our results found they can clean most surfaces without chemicals. However, if you use them for a major clean, don't throw away all your chemical cleaners as the build-up of stubborn residues may be difficult to remove with a microfibre cloth and water alone.

We test their cleaning ability on:

  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Dusting
  • Mirror and
  • Stainless steel surfaces

Please note: this information was current as of December 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market. 


Brands tested

All-purpose microfibre cloths

  • Chux all-purpose microfibre cloth CAMC1/6.1.D
  • Decor all-purpose cleaning cloth power microfibre 151100
  • Glitz microfibre all-purpose cloth
  • Mr Clean micro magic microfibre cloth PB38
  • Oates microfibre general cleaning cloth MF-007
  • Scotch Brite high performance cleaning cloth
  • Silver Clean microfibre all-purpose cloth SC125
  • Vileda microfibre all-purpose cloth 4007771
  • White Magic ultra microfibre cloth WM-MFG
  • Work Force microfibre cleaning cloth 75335

Biodegradable cloth

  • Vileda natural all-purpose cloth 4011443
 
 

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The following models scored the best results in our test.

What to buy
Brand Price
White Magic Ultra Microfibre Cloth WM-MFG $7.65
Decor All Purpose Cleaning Cloth Power Microfibre 151100 $3.99
Vileda Microfibre All Purpose Cloth 4007771 $2.99
Work Force Microfibre Cleaning Cloth 75335 $4.95
Microfibre cloths
Brand/model (in rank order within groups)Overall score (%)KitchenBathroomDustingMirrorsStainless steel (stove top, oven, fridge)Number of cloths per packPrice per pack ($)
Microfibre cloths
White Magic Ultra Microfibre Cloth WM-MFG 76 1 7.65
Decor All Purpose Cleaning Cloth Power Microfibre 151100 61     1 3.99
Vileda Microfibre All Purpose Cloth 4007771 61 x 1 2.99
Work Force Microfibre Cleaning Cloth 75335 58       1 4.95
Glitz Microfibre All Purpose Cloth 57       3 8.98
Scotch Brite High Performance Cleaning Cloth 57       1 6.19
Mr Clean Mirco Magic Microfibre Cloth PB38 53         1 2
Chux All Purpose Microfibre Cloth CAMC1/6.1.D 51     x 1 3.59
Silver Clean Microfibre All Purpose Cloth SC125 48       x   3 3.98
Oates Microfibre General Cleaning Cloth MF-007 46   x   x x 1 7.95

Using the table

Scores The overall score is achieved by adding up the scores of performance questions in the questionnaire, as completed by our external expert tester.

Performance - Kitchen, bathroom, dusting and stainless steel scores are an average result, calculated over a range of surfaces.

• - Good and very good performances

x - Poor and very poor performances

Blank areas indicate a fair cleaning performance.

Price Recommended retail or price paid, as of August 2009.


White Magic Ultra Microfibre Cloth WM-MFG

Price $7.95 White Magic

Good Points

  • Highest performer with a good overall score.
  • Very good on average for kitchen, bathroom and stainless steel surfaces.
  • Good on average for dusting and good on mirror surfaces.
  • Very good for picking up dirt/dust, cleaning grime/grease and leaving behind no streaks/smudges.
  • Good for leaving behind no lint.
  • Very absorbent, leaving surfaces looking dry.
  • Large cloth.
  • Claims to guarantee to last for 300 washes and expected to last for 500 washes.

Bad Points

  • Small amount of lint left behind on glass and ceramic.
  • Comparatively expensive.

Décor All Purpose Cleaning Power Microfibre 151100

Price $3.99 Decor

Good Points

  • Very good on average for bathrooms and very good on mirror surfaces.
  • Good on average for dusting.
  • Good for picking up dirt/dust, cleaning grime/grease and leaving behind no lint.
  • Reasonably streak-free.

Bad Points

  • Only OK overall score.

Vileda Microfibre All Purpose Cloth 4007771

Price $2.99 Vileda

Good Points

  • Good on average for kitchen and bathroom surfaces and for dusting and good on mirror surfaces.
  • Good for picking up dirt/dust, cleaning grime/grease and leaving behind no lint.
  • Polishes surfaces when dry.

Bad Points

  • Only OK overall score.
  • Poor on average for stainless steel.
  • Poor for leaving behind no streaks/smudges.
  • Pick-up pockets will flatten out over time.

Work Force Microfibre Cleaning Cloth 75335

Price $4.95 Work Force

Good Points

  • Good on average for kitchen and bathroom surfaces.
  • Good for picking up dirt/dust and cleaning grime/grease.
  • Large cloth.
  • Estimated to last for at least 250 washes.

Bad Points

  • Only OK overall score.
  • Leaves behind lint.
  • Leaves behind some streaks/smudges.

About the rest

Glitz Microfibre All Purpose Cloth

Price $8.98 Glitz

Good Points

  • Good on average for bathroom and dusting surfaces.
  • Good for picking up dirt/dust and leaving behind no lint.
  • Comes in a pack of three.

Bad Points

  • Only OK overall score.
  • Poor for leaving behind no streaks/smudges.

Scotch Brite High Performance Cleaning Cloth

Price $6.19 Scotch-Brite

Good Points

  • Good on average for bathroom surfaces and on mirrors.
  • Good for cleaning grime/grease and leaving behind no lint.

Bad Points

  • Only OK overall score.
  • Only slightly streaky on ceramic.
  • Comparatively small cloth

Mr Clean Micro Magic Microfibre Cloth PB38

Price $2.00 Mr Clean

Good Points

  • Good on average on bathroom surfaces.
  • Good for cleaning grime/grease.

Bad Points

  • Only borderline overall score.
  • When cleaning, small green pieces of fluff come off the cloth and were left behind on the cleaning surface.
  • Comparatively small cloth

Chux All Purpose Microfibre Cloth CAMC1/6.1.D

Price $4.19 Chux

Good Points

  • Good on average for bathroom surfaces and on mirrors.

Bad Points

  • Only borderline overall score.
  • Poor on average on stainless steel.
  • Leaves some lint, streaks and smudges behind.

Silver Clean Microfibre All Purpose Cloth SC125

Price $3.98 Silver Clean

Good Points

  • Good for cleaning grime/grease.
  • Comes in a pack of three.

Bad Points

  • Only borderline overall score.
  • Poor on mirrors.
  • Poor for leaving behind no lint.
  • Comparatively small cloth.

Oates Microfibre General Cleaning Cloth MF-007

Price $7.95 Oates

Good Points

  • Good for cleaning grime/grease.

Bad Points

  • Only borderline overall score.
  • Poor on average for bathroom and stainless steel surfaces.
  • Very poor for mirrors.
  • Poor for leaving behind no lint.
  • Most expensive cloth on test.
  • Comparatively small cloth

"Cleans without chemicals", "super absorbent" and "removes even the toughest grease" are just some of the claims of microfibre cloths. An American study found that conventional cotton cloths only reduce the number of bacteria by 33%, whereas microfibre materials reduced this by about 99%. They allow you to stop using multiple disinfectants and detergents, and as they're claimed to be hypoallergenic they can also provide health benefits if you suffer from allergies or asthma.

What is microfibre?

Microfibre cloths are made of minute synthetic fibres split in such a way to lift dirt, dust and moisture from surfaces and trap particles. By comparison, ordinary cotton cloths only move dirt and dust from one point to another. Microfibres are made from a blend of polyester and polyamide (nylon), and research suggests a ratio of 80%:20% respectively will give you a long-lasting and absorbent cloth. Polyester makes the cloth strong and durable, while polyamide makes the microfibre absorbent.

When it comes to cleaning your microfibre cloth, more care is required than you would give a regular cloth. Wash them in warm, soapy water after use – this will release the trapped dirt and dust. Using fabric softener is not recommended as it can become trapped in the fibres, making the cloth hard and affecting its cleaning performance. In most cases, drying in the clothes dryer is also not recommended.

Cleaning with microfibre

  • Use the cloth dry for dusting. This will leave the surface looking clean and polished. If there’s too much dust to use the cloth dry, use a damp cloth and then wipe the surface dry.
  • On kitchen and bathroom surfaces, it’s generally recommended to use the cloths damp however we found you can achieve a better result if you use a spray bottle to spray water as needed on the surface and wipe dry with the microfibre cloth. Using a damp cloth can leave behind streaks.
  • Use a different cloth for kitchen, bathroom and dusting surfaces. Mark or colour-code the cloths to ensure they don’t get mixed up. The Glitz and Silver Clean microfibre cloths come in a pack of three.
  • A large cloth will allow you to clean a larger surface area before a fresh one is needed. The White Magic and Work Force microfibre cloths are large and both made our What to Buy list.
  • Some microfibre cloths may irritate you if you have a sensitive touch. If this is the case, wear rubber gloves when using them.
  • Look for a blend of 80% polyester and 20% polyamide – research suggests this will give you a long-lasting and absorbent product. A few cloths on test have this blend; one is 70%:30%, but this didn’t appear to make any difference to cleaning performance.
  • Cleaning with disinfectants and detergents has been embedded in our mentality as effective cleaning. If you use a microfibre cloth for regular cleaning, these chemicals are generally not required. However, if you’re not getting good results with just water and a microfibre cloth on particularly dirty surfaces, using only a very small amount of cleaning product along with a microfibre cloth will still give you a high-quality clean.

Green, but no good

New on the market is an environmentally friendly range of cleaning cloths from Vileda.

Sustainability is the focus of the Vileda Naturals range, with the cloths being made from renewable and biodegradable materials.

CHOICE tested the Vileda Naturals All Purpose Cloth wich is made from renewable resources ($2.69) and overall was unhappy with its cleaning performance, but as it's not a microfibre cloth we can't directly compare its performance to other products in this test.

It performed well on average on bathroom surfaces, OK on average for dusting and OK for mirrors, but was poor on average on kitchen and stainless steel surfaces. When cleaning, it cannot handle grease, leaves behind lint and streaks and still relies on chemicals, cleaning only a few surfaces without them.

Vileda Naturals All Purpose Cloth 4011443

Price $2.69 Vileda Naturals All Purpose Cloth

Good Points

  • Good on average for bathroom surfaces.
  • Comes in a pack of two.

Bad Points

  • Poor overall score.
  • Poor on average for kitchen and stainless steel surfaces.
  • Poor for cleaning grime/grease and leaving behind no streaks/smudges.
  • The cloth will shrink and lose its original shape over time.
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