It seems that a person can’t have enough microfiber cleaning cloths, what with all the glasses, phones, screens, camera lenses, and watches that need to be cleaned.
For the last five years our team has been using MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths. Here is our snapshot followed by a full review.
The company makes a lot of bold claims for a piece of fabric. Does it live up to the hype?
- Compact size
- Cleans well
- Individually wrapped
- They like to hold dust
Model #: KC0007
Dimensions: 6.5 x 3.2 x 1 inches – Each Pad is 6 X 7 inches
Weight: 1.6 ounces
How to Use MagicFiber Cleaning Cloths
Our team has used over 60 of these over the last five years. We tested them via desktop research online, lab testing, and field testing. Surfaces include phones, eyeglasses, sunglasses, camera lenses, laptops, and TVs.
For this review I took a brand-new cloth and kept track of the surfaces cleaned before it started to smear. When it starts to smear, it’s time to clean these little buggers, or if you have lots of doubloons, toss it and grab another.
Ok, I cleaned a 24” TV, four 22” monitors and my glasses 10X plus a camera lens. There was still some area that wouldn’t smear but I had to use the very edges.
That is quite a bit for a little microfiber cloth.
Since I use these all the time, I keep one just for my glasses. Mostly because they like to hold dust. On that note, if you are using them to clean surfaces with dust, pre-clean it out. These cloths like to hang on to dust.
How to Clean the Microfiber Cloth
The MagicFiber instructions say to hand wash with warm water and air dry. I decided to throw one in the washing machine in cold water with normal wash in a center agitator. Then the dryer on max heat for 60 minutes. It came out fine. So, I threw it back in for another ride. Still fine. I am going to continue to do this until it breaks down. I will update the review after a bunch of washes.
The company says the cloths may eventually collect detergent which could smear. That is why you should wash them by hand. But know ours tested fine if it accidentally finds its way in the machine.
What Does MagicFiber Remove?
These microfiber cleaning cloths contain microfibers that are 200x thinner than a human hair to absorb dust, oil and dirt. Our team is satisfied with the performance of these cleaning cloths. No complaints here.
This is what they are advertised as being good for, and we agree:
- Tough stains
- Dried-in dirt
- Fingerprint smudges
- Odor-causing bacteria
The company claims it even prevents growth of bacteria within the cloth.
Other Ways to Use MagicFiber
Note: our team has not tested these alternate uses of these microfiber cleaning cloths.
- Dampen with water to get some stains out of carpets or even clothes
- Clean kids’ toys
- Remove loose hair from pets
Where Can I Use MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths?
- Car screens
We tested all these surfaces with positive results.
Is Microfiber Soft?
MagicFiber cleaning cloths are soft to the touch. Not cashmere soft, but still soft. Did you know cashmere is made from goat hair? Saw a video on the interweb about it. So I’ll just leave that right there for you.
Back to the MagicFiber. They come packaged in individual plastic wrappers like cheese slices–or pudding skin singles. I have tried to reuse the plastic they come in, but I don’t think they intend for anyone to do that. Unless you’re good at folding fitted sheets or refolding maps, I’d skip trying to reuse it.
These little packs are great to spread about your gear, in your rig, office, etc. Give some to your wife, too. (My wife added that when she edited this article for me, so I would suggest doing that.)
The company tosses in a grey one as a throwback to yesteryear when these cloths were also used for setting a camera’s white balance.
We will continue to use these for all our products.
FAQs from the Company’s Site
Where are MagicFiber MicroFiber cleaning cloths made?
Can I use them dry or do I have to use a chemical cleanser to clean?
Our MagicFiber cleaning cloths are especially effective when used dry or with water. You can quickly and easily remove oil and fingerprints with just a swipe. MagicFiber can also be used with the cleaning solution of your preference (do not use fabric softeners). Stay away from solutions that contain bleach or other corrosive ingredients.
How do I clean MagicFiber cleaning cloths?
We recommend that you wash them only when you notice that dirt and grime cannot be removed by simply shaking dirt and dust off.
MagicFiber Cloths can also be hand washed with warm water. The warm water opens up the microfibers, allowing them to release the locked in dirt. Avoid clogging microfiber pores by washing microfiber separate from cotton. Air dry only (no machine dry).
Do you recommend to wash them with detergent?
We do not recommend using detergent because of its high grade of microfiber that can trap detergent in-between the fibers. That will eventually accumulate and diminish its efficacy.