Tackle dust for good with the power of microfiber.
Even the cleanest homes have dust. You’ll find it everywhere, from glass tables to television screens and windows.
And while these small particles seem harmless, they may actually contain bacteria, viruses and fungus (1).
To remove these microscopic materials, you need an efficient cleaning tool. Tools like dusters or cotton rags tend to just move dust around. And regular cloths might scratch delicate surfaces.
A microfiber cloth is soft enough to use on any surface. Its finer fibers can effectively trap dust, dirt allergens and microorganisms. And unlike paper towels, a microfiber cloth is eco-friendly.
But there are a lot of different options out there, and not all cloths are made alike. So, we put seven brands to the test to come up with this list of the seven best microfiber cloths.
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What to Look For in a Microfiber Cloth
Microfiber cloths are not one size fits all! When searching for the right microfiber cloth, consider these features.
Standard Weave: These are your standard microfiber cloths that can be found anywhere. They have a uniform texture, just like these Kirkland Signature Ultra High Pile Premium Microfiber Towels. You can use them for general cleaning, dusting and polishing.
Waffle Weave: These microfiber cloths have a square texture like a waffle. They’re great for buffing and drying glass, since they absorb water quickly. Some brands like this E-Cloth Window Cleaning Pack are designed specifically for window washing.
Micro-Chenille: This unique weave is often applied to wash mitts. These microfibers form “fingers” that extend beyond the wash mitt to hold dirt away from the surface. This protects surfaces from scratches while you scrub away.
Foam Core Microfiber Applicator: This type of microfiber cloth is often found in automobile stores and is used for waxing and buffing cars. It contains a block of foam covered with 250-300 GSM microfiber.
Cheaper microfiber cloths will sometimes be made with 100% polyester. These lack good absorption and drying power.
To find out the ratio of polyester to polyamide, look for a fraction on the packaging, such as 70/30. The 70 refers to polyester content, and the 30 refers to polyamide content.
A quality cloth will have a 70/30 or 80/20 ratio, like this Weiman microfiber cloth for stainless steel. Another example are Aidea Microfiber Cleaning Cloths: they have 83% polyester and 13% Polyamide
This refers to the size (diameter to be specific) of the fibers. Smaller fibers means your microfiber cloth can pick up more dirt and dust.
Microfiber is classified as lower than 1 denier, which is also equivalent to 10 micrometers. High quality microfiber towels will have denier below 0.5. But the best microfiber cloth will have around 0.13 denier.
A higher GSM means a thicker, often softer cloth. Most good quality cloths will have a GSM of 250 or more. For everyday dusting and cleaning surfaces, a GSM between 200-350 is sufficient.
For example, the Buff microfiber cleaning cloth has 325 GSM.
If you’re cleaning a surface like glass, or a car, use a cloth with a GSM in the 600-700 range.
If you have a unique or delicate surface to clean, it’s best to find a microfiber cloth designed for that purpose. For instance, these MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths are specifically designed to not scratch glass.
Microfiber cloths also come in different shapes to make it easier to clean certain surfaces.
These Master Manufacturing CleanGreen Microfiber Dusting Gloves make it easier to clean in small and hard to reach areas.
This E-Cloth Home Cleaning Set comes with a variety of weaves and thicknesses to get the whole house clean.
How We Tested
Each microfiber cloth was tested for its absorbency, durability, and softness. Size was also a factor in our judging, and whether the size made cleaning easier or more difficult.
And of course, the biggest factor we tested was each cloth’s ability to remove dust and dirt.
We noted whether any residue or dust was left behind after cleaning, in order to judge its overall effectiveness.
The Best Microfiber Cleaning Cloths of 2022
We spent time researching and testing the best microfiber towels, so you don’t have to! Each microfiber cloth was put to the test in our own home, against everyday dirt and dust.
Here are the results.
1. MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
During our tests, we found they worked well for everything, from dusting to washing dishes. They are a perfect handheld size, and come in a pack of four so you have backups when you do laundry.
- Absorbs water well
- Square size fits in hand
- Fun vibrant colors
- Thinness means water absorbs fast
|Color||Blue, pink, green, yellow|
2. Microfiber Glass Cleaning Cloths
We decided to do our test on car windows. For our extra dirty car, we used a window cleaner in combination with these microfiber towels.
In our test, window streaks and dog nose smudges were gone with a single wipe. The buffer cloth did a great job drying and removing any excess dirt, leaving windows clear and clean!
- Comes with second towel for buffing
- Very soft fibers, won’t scratch
- Only needs water to clean
- Buffing cloths not soft enough
3. Progo Ultra Absorbent
In our test, we used these cloths to dust our laptop, game consoles and television. It was able to remove dust and smudges without the bulkiness of regular microfiber cloths.
- Lint free
- Small size to help reach tough spots
- Durable enough to withstand several washes
- Not very absorbent
4. Simple Houseware Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
We tested these microfiber towels on typical household surfaces like counters, walls and tables.
They were super absorbent and did a great job wiping away water stains and stray dirt from houseplants.
- 50 pack means less laundry
- Folds easily for scrubbing
- Soft fibers for windows and mirrors
- Size too big for cleaning small surfaces
|Color||Blue, orange, green, yellow|
5. Meguiar’s X2000 Water Magnet Microfiber Drying Towel
We loved this car towel for one main reason—it’s super absorbent! The waffle weave texture buffed out smears, and was extremely effective at absorbing excess water after a car wash.
- Large size makes drying whole car easy
- Soft enough to not leave scratches
- Maintains its texture after machine washing
- Only comes with 1 towel
6. HDX Multi-Purpose Microfiber Cloth
We put this cloth to the test against a super dusty game console, and were impressed at the results. It was soft enough to use on electronics, but also tough enough to pick up a thick layer of dust.
- Comes in large quantity for value
- Lint free
- Traps dust wet or dry
- Gray and orange colors not as aesthetically pleasing
- Size too large for regular household surfaces
7. Libman Microfiber Sponge Cloth (three-pack)
We tested this cloth in the bathroom, from soap scum to toothpaste stains, and it didn’t disappoint. The quilt weave texture gave it scrubbing power, while the absorbency means the mess stayed contained.
- Soft on delicate surfaces
- Maintains shape while you clean
- Padded so you can scrub
- Not flexible enough to clean things like faucets, knobs
Microfiber Cloths Comparison Chart
|MR.SIGA Cleaning Cloth||24 pack||Microfiber||12.6x12.6 inches|
|Microfiber Glass Cleaning||6 pack||Microfiber||12x12 inches|
|Progo Ultra Absorbent||6 pack||Microfiber||12x12 inches|
|Simple Houseware Cloths||50 pack||Microfiber||12x16 inches|
|Meguiar’s X2000||1 pack||Microfiber||30x22 inches|
|HDX Multi-Purpose||18 pack||Microfiber||18x18 inches|
|Libman Sponge Cloth||3 pack||Microfiber||9.5x7 inches|
We’ll help answer a few common questions you might have about microfiber cloths.
Are Microfiber Cloths Antibacterial?
However, you can purchase microfiber cloths infused with an antimicrobial agent. This would make your cloth antimicrobial.