What is Microfibre Fabric ?
- Microfibre is a synthetic fabric consisting of ultra-fine fibres. These fibres generally have diameters measuring less than 10 micrometers and have denier weights under 0.7 D. Comparatively, a single strand of silk is around 1 D, making microfibre one of the world’s finest forms of textile fibre.
- Most are made of polyester but may also be mixed with nylon to add strength and water repellency.
- Textile manufacturers have experimented with extremely low-denier fabric fibres since the early 1950s.
- While early attempts to produce ultra-thin fibres were largely successful, it was difficult to control the length of the fibres produced, significantly limiting the potential applications of this new textile technology.
- The first major breakthrough in mass-scale microfibre production occurred when textile manufacturers moved away from the melt-spinning process, which remains one of the primary production methods for other synthetic textiles, and began using bicomponent polymers that featured multiple types of textile plastics.
- These polymers proved to be much stronger than plastics consisting of single components, reducing the breakage that had previously occurred when extruding extremely thin textile fibres.
- In the 1960s, the famed Japanese textile company Toray started mass-producing microfibre fabric for the first time. Dr. Miyoshi Okamoto proved to be the primary architect of the microfibre revolution, and with the assistance of Dr. Toyohiko Hikota, Toray produced a variety of microfibre fabrics including ultrasuede, which was one of the first microfibres to attain widespread popularity.
- Aside from the notable exception of ultrasuede, however, use of microfibre fabrics remained highly limited in scope until the 1990s when Swedish textile manufacturers began producing a wide variety of other microfibre materials. Practically overnight, microfibre became a popular apparel material throughout Europe, and additional applications of microfibre in the arenas of cleaning and industry were also established.
- Therefore, while Toray is credited with the development of the first commercially successful microfibre fabrics, it’s likely that this material would not have become popular without the subsequent European microfibre revolution.
What Makes it Stand out
- Highly durable
- Is both reasonably absorbent and water-repellant
- Electrostatic qualities
|Texture||Super Soft, brushed texture|
Applications & Usage
- Due to the unique design of its fibres, microfibre cloth can pick up more dirt and grime than other types of cloth. Scientific research suggests that microfibre may even be useful for removing dangerous microbes and viruses from surfaces
- From bath sheets to kitchen towels to washcloths, microfibre is an incredibly popular towel material.
- Furniture manufacturers sometimes use microfibre as an upholstery material due to its combined absorbency and moisture impermeability. Microfibre is also a relatively common material for rugs and throw blankets
- Due to its impressive electrostatic qualities, microfibre also excels as a filtration mechanism, leading to a recent surge of interest in using this fabric as a protective face mask material.
- Many garments promoted for use by athletes—jerseys, t-shirts, and shorts—are made from microfiber fabrics because the material wicks perspiration away from the body. The tightly woven fabric is also used for compression garments that are used for both athletic training and medical uses to increase blood flow.
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- Wash in warm or hot water with mild detergent .
- No fabric softeners.
- If you hand wash, wash in hot water with mild detergent and use a soft bristled brush if necessary & rinse thoroughly.
- Be careful what you wash with your microfiber. Avoid anything made with cotton because the microfiber will grab on to the lint.
- To ensure the longest lasting microfibre, air dry is best -Use a cool iron and don't apply much pressure .