LousyTourist wrote:I use my microfibre cloths right out of the box, and just throw them in the wash (for the clean clothes fairy to deal with) right afterward. So I guess in reality mine get cleaned after the first use. Wouldn't hurt to clean them first, but I haven't bothered.
I have been browsing these threads in order to sort out my cleaning method and this post caught my attention.
Apparently there is some controversy regarding microfiber towels. As far as using them on records, I would say it is a decent solution for easy and effective cleaning (wet or dry). After working for a company that sold them for other purposes, I have a few tidbits of info regarding these cloths:
1. Never wash them with anything but microfiber. Microfiber cloths will collect cotton and other fibers that are released in a wash cycle. You may notice this afterwards (small cotton lint balls all over your microfiber).
2. Never dry them with high heat. Microfiber is plastic and heat will make the tiny fibers brittle. This will lead to the shedding which I suspect at this point is the main problem most vinyl fans have with microfiber. Tumble dry low or no heat.
3. Never use fabric softener. Fabric softener leaves behind residue that lessens the functionality of microfiber and will probably just end up on the surface of your records. It's gross!
4. Microfiber cloths work in a special way. Medium pressure and a slow wiping motion allow the fibers to work and align themselves on the surface.
Whether or not microfiber cloths truly are a healthy part of cleaning vinyl records is something I cannot know at this stage. Some microfiber cloths have shorter fibers, some higher quality examples are far denser than others (higher quality). I'm still experimenting to get my cleaning situation down to a science.