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Old 04-12-2019, 02:34 PM
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The towels I've been using to usually wipe off my Maguire's Detailer Mist, now leave towel fibers that are almost impossible to wipe off. They just kind of leave smear residue.
I wash them and dry them(do not use dryer sheets).

This is them. The Chemical Guys ones are 3 years old.
Any reason why the dont work anymore?

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This is why I stopped using the super plush types for certain things, they tend to leave lint or fibers everywhere if I need to rub hard.

300-350 gsm Ragg company towels for me, for most things.
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This is why I stopped using the super plush types for certain things, they tend to leave lint or fibers everywhere if I need to rub hard.

300-350 gsm Ragg company towels for me, for most things.
Same here. I have switched to using short-nap 350-400gsm towels with silk edges for doing any type of "wet work". I do the initial application of spray waxes, detail sprays, etc. with these. I then use the super plush edgeless towels for the final buff. Using them for only "dry work" seems to keep any linting to a minimum.
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:13 PM
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Glad i'm not the only one that has noticed this . For the final wipe down before a show I use the short nap 350 gsm as to not leave any tiny micro-fibers, especially on a black car.
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Old 04-14-2019, 02:05 AM
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What soap are you using? What type of cycle do you use when you wash them?
When you do dry them how long do you have them in the dryer and what cycle
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I also stopped using the plush microfiber towels for the same reason. Additionally, I do not put any of my microfiber towels in the dryer. After I machine wash them I put them on plastic hangers that have the clips on them and hang them in my laundry room. They literally dry in a matter of a few hours.
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:27 AM
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^ agreed. Do not use the a dryer. The 3 rules are:No fabric softener, no bleach, no heat.
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I can tell in a minute if my MF leave little hairs on my black paint. It is quite amazing how these things can shed.
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Plush really only good for drying... they don't last forever
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Plush really only good for drying... they don't last forever
Not so much, I used plush towels in my detail shop and they lasted several years being washed every other day. Using a no oil soap ir specific Microfiber soap on a gentle cycle will do the trick

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I can tell in a minute if my MF leave little hairs on my black paint. It is quite amazing how these things can shed.
They should not shed if they are quality towels. As stated above if you wash on a gentle cycle, they should last for years

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^ agreed. Do not use the a dryer. The 3 rules are:No fabric softener, no bleach, no heat.
I was hoping the OP would tell us how they were treating the towels.. Heat is the enemy of MF towels, so is washing them in the wrong detergent. No powders and no standard liquid wash detergent. The powders contain granules that don't always dissolve, and the standard liquid detergents contain oil to make them soft, not a lot but some. The best bet is Tide Free and Gentle or a specific MF Wash.
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Man, I don't know. Maybe the plush edgeless towels just get made in occasional "bad batches" or something. I have some of these poofy towels from a few sources: The Rag Company, Towelpros, Chemical Guys, and AutoFiber. I only wash them on the gentle cycle using MF-specific cleaners (Micro-Restore and 3D Towel Kleen). I do use the dryer, but just air tumble with no heat. They still seem to leave tiny bits of fiber on my paint. It happens the most when using the towels to apply spray products to dry paint, but I still have issues when using them to apply spray products as drying aids to clean, wet paint. I have given half of mine away to friends who aren't as OCD as I am (LOL), and the other half I have been using for other tasks. They actually make perfect towels for detailing my wheels.
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Too much product will leave residue on your surface . Combine this with humidity and a hot surface and any fluffy MF towel will leave lint behind.

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I use this, cold water wash/rinse, dry on high using NO dryer/fabric softener sheets.

I use Car Guys liquid wax also and let dry to a haze. However the humidity has been quite high and the Liquid wax tends not to dry as well as it should.

I guess I am my own worst enemy!

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Have not had this problem with plush towels up to and including the mega-plush "chinchilla" ones. I would look at what you're washing with. Maybe even wipe out the inside of the machine before you wash them.

The MF should be scooping up any threads or any other detritus...if its leaving things behind thats a problem.
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The free ones from Harbor Freight work fine …
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Originally Posted by VNAMVET View Post
I use this, cold water wash/rinse, dry on high
Yeah, definitely switch to a fragrance-free detergent, and NO high heat. Heat is a MF killer.
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I use 500 GSM towels from the Rag Co. and have no issues. I use Chemical Guys microfiber wash and wash with warm water, rinse with cold on gentle cycle and add 1/4 cup white vinegar with rinse cycle. Dry on low heat and remove towels when still damp and air dry the rest of the way. Mine have stayed like new for over a year now.

I do soak any towel used to wipe off sealant or wax in a bucket with the microfiber wash, and use different towels for different tasks to prevent cross contamination.
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^ Whats the vinegar for? Odors?
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The white vinegar helps break down the chemicals and also acts as a natural fabric softener.
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Originally Posted by VNAMVET View Post

I use this, cold water wash/rinse, dry on high using NO dryer/fabric softener sheets.

I use Car Guys liquid wax also and let dry to a haze. However the humidity has been quite high and the Liquid wax tends not to dry as well as it should.

I guess I am my own worst enemy!
I am thinking the Clorox in the soap, plus the heat is destroying your towels. At this point using high heat, the fabric is most likely melted and is coming unhinged from the base.

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Yeah, definitely switch to a fragrance-free detergent, and NO high heat. Heat is a MF killer.
Yes, using Tide Free plus vinegar will do the trick

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I use 500 GSM towels from the Rag Co. and have no issues. I use Chemical Guys microfiber wash and wash with warm water, rinse with cold on gentle cycle and add 1/4 cup white vinegar with rinse cycle. Dry on low heat and remove towels when still damp and air dry the rest of the way. Mine have stayed like new for over a year now.

I do soak any towel used to wipe off sealant or wax in a bucket with the microfiber wash, and use different towels for different tasks to prevent cross contamination.
Absolutely perfect, especially soaking them after removing sealant/wax residue

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The white vinegar helps break down the chemicals and also acts as a natural fabric softener.
Perfect
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