Microfiber was introduced in the late 1980’s. The definition of a microfiber is a fiber with less than 1 decitex per filament, 1 decitex is 9/10 of a denier about 1/16th the diameter of a human hair. The fibers can be combined to create yarn which can be then be knitted or woven into a variety of constructions. Microfiber wipes can be made using 100% polyester fine filaments or split fibers that are a blend of polyester and nylon.
This split structure gives the wipe the ability to pick up particles even when dry and can easily remove residues often without solvent. The increased surface area of a microfiber allows it to collect and hold dust, dirt and particles more effectively than rounded fabrics such as cotton. Virgin wipes are very soft so won't scratch surfaces. Care should be taken when reusing microfiber wipes, however, as particles can get stuck in the fibers which can then damage sensitive surfaces.
Microfiber has a high sorptive capacity around 6 to 8 times its own weight in water. The fast wicking ability means a wipe can remove spills quickly and easily, so it is very suitable for mopping as well as dry applications.
Contec has a range of microfiber wipes to choose from, 100% polyester standard fiber/microfiber blend, laundered in a Class 4 cleanroom with very low levels of fibers and particles, an 80% polyester / 20% nylon split microfiber and a unique cost-effective microfiber solution which has microfiber polyester yarn stitched into a polypropylene substrate.