What is Microfiber Exactly?

What is Microfiber Exactly?

You may know microfiber as a cloth used for cleaning eyeglasses, and that’s right, the fabric that always comes with your glasses and with some electronics like monitors, tablets and keyboards, is microfiber.

Microfiber (US) or microfibre (UK) is essentially a fabric with thin! ultra-fine! microscopic! filaments! (to get an idea, if we compare them with a human hair, a microfiber is 100 times thinner, in fact almost too small to be seen by the unaided eye). And these ultra-thin filaments are made from synthetic materials, for example: polyester, polyamide, polypropylene, etc.

Both characteristics, (size and composition of the filaments) are the main factors that allow microfiber to be unique when compared with other fabrics. And both these define this textile as:

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But attention! Even though in general terms, this is the definition of microfiber, not all microfibers are created equal.

Any fiber that measures less than 1 denier, can be labeled as microfiber, but this attribute alone, does not make it automatically effective for cleaning purposes. Learn more

 

Why Thinner Fibers are Better?

You are probably wondering: What difference does thinner fibers make in a textile? Why is it such a remarkable feature? Why do I see it mentioned everywhere?

To illustrate the benefits of this trait we will use a simple analogy:

Imagine you want to brush the dirt and dust off your hair that may have accumulated during the day, and you have 2 hair brushes: The first one with very thin bristles therefore many and closely spaced from each other. The second one with thick bristles therefore fewer and more separated one from the other.

Which of the two options should be used to complete this task successfully?

Certainly we must choose the brush with finer bristles as it will sweep away even the smallest particles of dust that it encounters along the way; unlike the second brush, which easily will leaves behind all particles that can pass between its big and not so dense bristles.

Even after several brushes with the latter, you may not get the result you obtained with one single brush with the first one. So opting for the dense brush will also save you time and energy.

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The same applies to microfiber whose incredibly thin fibers can wipe out even the most microscopic particles in few strokes. Learn more