Are your cloths still stinky after they’ve been through the wash? Does it seem like your microfiber’s ability to self-purify between uses is diminishing? Are there stubborn stains that won’t come out after a regular cycle? Don’t panic! Your microfiber is still as miraculous as the day that you bought it. You probably just need a deep clean!
Why does Norwex microfiber need deep cleaning?
Norwex microfiber is made of super dense and super fine “fingers” that pick up dust, dirt, bacteria. Most of this comes out when you rinse after using, and almost everything washes out when you run through the washing machine. However, sometimes the “fingers” don’t release everything, which causes build up.
What causes build up?
There are a few causes to build up. Most the time, it is because the tiny microfiber “fingers” don’t release everything. Norwex has a tight grip on dirt! Hard water can also cause build up. The minerals get caught in the “fingers” and don’t easily release. The fillers and fragrances in some detergents build up within the microfiber. I’ve noticed that some debris I pick up, particularly certain gunky makeups, don’t wash out well. Is there anything you’ve noticed that tends to result in build up?
Build up is different from a clogged cloth! There are certain things that wreck your microfiber, like fabric softener and dryer sheets. These products coat the cloth and destroy the microfiber’s ability to work properly. Bleach also ruins Norwex microfiber.
Step-by-step Deep Cleaning Instructions
Although it is a simple process, I’ve heard so many quirky things that people do when cleaning their Norwex microfiber, that I want to walk you through step-by-step to clear up any confusion.
Step 1: Gather you materials:
- Norwex cloths (About 4 Enviro Cloths or a similar amount of other microfiber per batch)
- 1 scoop of Ultra Power Plus or another detergent that is filler and fragrance-free
- About 8 cups of water
- Pot or Bucket for cloths
- Pot for heating water
- Stir Spoon
I like to start with cloths that have first had a run through the wash machine. This way, most of the dirt is removed and the detergent can work on the drawing out the stubborn stuff. If you have hard water, I suggest buying a gallon of distilled water. The detergent will work more effectively. I don’t know if this is necessary, but I also like to deep clean my cloths in certain groups based on what they clean. For example, I usually deep clean my body cloths, makeup cloths, and baby cloths separately from my kitchen cloths. Just a preference though.
Step 2: Boil Water in one pot and place one scoop of Ultra Power Plus in your other pot or bucket.
Step 3: Add your boiling water to the container with the UPP (Ultra Power Plus). Stir.
Step 4: Add your cloths to the water. Stir a couple times.
Step 5: Let sit for at least 30 minutes or until water starts to cool. The hot water will cause the fingers to swell and release the build up that they are holding. You can stir a couple times if you want.
Step 6: Rinse. You can rinse them in the sink under warm water, scrubbing the microfiber against itself if there is still debris; or you can throw them in the wash machine and run a hot cycle. Remember when it comes to microfiber- hot water means that the fingers swell and open and cold means they hold tighter.
Step 7: Repeat until the water comes clean. Usually with my body cloths and makeup cloths, I only need to do this process once, but with my kitchen cloths, do it 2-3 times.
Voila! A clean Norwex cloth!
To go longer between deep cleans, make sure you use a laundry detergent that is fragrance and filler-free. If you have hard water, do your best to soften, either by using the water softener, Borax, or using the Norwex Magnet Ball. Remember that periodic deep cleaning is part of normal maintenance for Norwex microfiber! If you want to make sure you are following the correct laundering routine, check out our post “How to Clean Norwex Microfiber.”
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