Microfiber lens cleaning cloths work like magic. They are like a magnet for dust, dirt, grime, and unwanted bacteria. But if you want them to do a good job picking up dust and dirt and not spreading previously picked up dust and dirt, it is essential that you keep them clean. It is not obvious how best to clean a microfiber lens cleaning cloth and you can actual damage it, so here is what you need to know.
Cleaning Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloths
Cleaning your microfiber lens cleaning cloth is actually quite easy. Follow these steps and your microfiber lens cleaning cloth will serve you well for a long time.
- Shake Rigorously. Grab the microfiber lens cleaning cloth by a corner and shake it rigorously. Even try to snap it if you can. This action will shake out the dust, dirt, and debris that has been collected on the cloth. It is a good practice to do this after every time you use the microfiber lens cleaning cloth.
- Hand Wash. After soaking in cold water in a small bowl, add just a few drops of mild soap that does not contain any bleach or fabric softener. Gently work the cloth clean in the soapy water and then allow the cloth to soak in the soapy water for at least five minutes. Then, take the cloth out of the soapy water, clean your small bowl and fill it with clean water, thoroughly rinse the cloth under cold water, and then put it back in the bowl and let it sit in the clean water for another five minutes. Next, thoroughly rinse the cloth a final time and then let it hang dry.
- Machine Wash. You can also machine wash your microfiber lens cleaning cloth, but you need to avoid using bleach and fabric softeners as they will damage your cleaning cloth.
Make it a point to regularly and correctly wash your microfiber lens cleaning cloth. Like any other cleaning cloth, and perhaps more so, your microfiber lens cleaning cloth will become dirty with use and in need of cleaning. A premium microfiber lens cleaning cloth can be washed hundreds of times and you will likely lose it long before its useful life has expired.