Microfiber is the substance of detailing that aids in crafting your vehicle's finish to perfection. The thought of it being just another type of fabric in the textile world is an understatement for the drastic difference it’s made in the detailing world. Microfiber is complex and a game changer in elevating your shine potential to the next level. Composed majorly of polyester and polyamide, microfiber utilizes a ratio of the two to craft a towel built for your choice-- The polyester side of things aids in the brunt of the work, or elbow grease, to assist with wax removal, scrubbing, or polishing while the polyamide side provides absorbency and rigidity to the towel. Commonly found ratios are 70/30 Polyester- Polyamide, or 80/20 for the heavier duty scrubbing sources.
Single Soft to Waterless Waffle Weave Towels, Glass Towels to Ultra Plush Drying Towels, and even more recently polishing pads, microfiber has forever changed how detailing enthusiasts keep their cars looking great and how detailers correct, protect, and care for customers cars. The argument could be made that no single advancement in the world of car care has had a larger impact in the last decade than microfiber. Professionals and enthusiasts alike all keep a hefty supply of a wide variety of towels on hand at all times, but despite its omnipresence in the car care world there is still a fair amount of mis-information and mis-understanding as to how they should be cared for.
Microfiber can be composed of many parts, most commonly in the detailing / car care industry we use a combination of polyester and polyamides. These microscopic laboratory born fibers are around 1/100th the diameter of a human hair, this ultra fine thread is what gives microfiber its delicate touch and a super soft feel. To put that size into perspective, if you were to think of a regulation basketball as the equivalent of the diameter of a human hair, an individual strand of microfiber would be smaller than an M&M chocolate candy.
Why is this important? While you might see a fluffy towel with your naked eye on a microscopic level there is a very tiny, but very uniform and durable strand there. Almost all microfiber will share an identical fiber structure, regardless of weave or pattern. How the fibers are laid out will impart different characteristics to the material (plush for delicate surfaces, waffle weave for drying or waterless washing, flat for glass, suede for coatings, etc)