Microfiber is a fine synthetic strand that is made of nylon and polyester and is used to create microfiber fabrics for varied uses. It is to date the smallest man made fiber, with a single strand being much tinier than a strand of hair. At first glance it looks and feels similar to cotton but after using it one can easily spot it superior quality. The main uses of microfiber include manufacture of textiles, clothing and upholstery. Microfiber material is favorable for cleaning due to its threads which are able to penetrate into even the minutest pores, thus effectively cleaning dirt from surfaces and crevices. Microfiber also has the unique property of cleaning well on dry as well as wet surfaces. On wet surfaces it breaks down surface area tension and easily absorbs dirt and moisture particles. It is an absorbent material, which is actually able to hold up to seven times its weight in water. On dry surfaces, microfiber uses static energy to attract and trap dust and dirt particles with ease without leaving behind residue. Since the surface area of microfiber threads is larger than materials such as cotton, it is able to pick up much more dirt.
Microfiber is now being used more frequently for upholstery, making it an acceptable alternative to cotton. It is soft to the touch, comfortable as well as durable. Microfiber material manages to easily transfer moisture away from surfaces and in addition to this the fabric also does not cause irritation to the skin.
Couches upholstered with microfiber are becoming increasingly popular due to their low maintenance and supple nature. Couches often get stained due to regular contact, but those draped in microfiber are highly stain resistant, which prevents frequent stain removal. Cleaning of sofa sets can simply be done with a micro fiber cloth using water and mild detergent.
For those with allergies, microfiber is not allergenic and it does leave dust or lint which could easily trigger an allergic reaction.
Due to its velvety nature, microfiber is gentle on all surfaces and does not leave any marks, streaks or scratches. The material is also very durable. Microfiber, though non degradable, is a recyclable material which is an added benefit in terms of environmental conservation. The average cost of microfiber maybe slightly higher than other similar fabrics, but it lasts much longer which guarantees long term savings on the part of the user.