To manufacture even the smallest microfiber cloth, millions upon millions of fibers, almost invisible to our eyes, must be woven together. A cotton cloth can never have the same amount of fibers, than a microfiber cloth with the same dimensions, it is simply impossible.
If you would like to weave the same amount of fiber in a cotton cloth, the result would be a rag 50 times bigger, 50 times thicker and with almost zero flexibility, since the filaments of cotton are not only thicker but less flexible and resilient than microfiber.
Remember, 1 microfiber filament is less than 1 denier (a.k.a decitex) But:
What is a denier?
Have you ever heard this term before?
If you have worked in the textile industry you’ll probably be able to answer both questions. But if not, let’s take the time to clarify it so you can fully grasp the scale on which microfiber works:
A denier (US) or decitex (UK and Canada) are measurement units specifically used for textiles and they express the weight of a given length of fiber, more specifically:
So when you read that 1 filament of microfiber is less than 1 denier, what they are really saying is that there is less than 1 gram for every 9000 meters of fiber.
Let’s look at this in another perspective:
A paper clip weighs 1 gr, imagine stretching the clip until it reaches 9,000 m (5.5 miles)!
Another reference used for measuring microfiber is the micron (µm). This unit expresses the filament diameter, unlike the denier, which expresses the mass that exists in a filament of a certain length.
1 microfiber filament can measure 1 to 3 microns in diameter. So, to get an idea what this means, let’s compare it to other objects in the microscopic and macroscopic realm: