About Microfiber

About Microfiber

Microfiber Facts

Our ultra-fine microfiber cleaning cloth is a knitted fabric consisting of a nylon and polyester blend. Each fiber or filament is the result of a process called splitting. It measures a denier (less than 1/100 of a human hair in thickness). A denier is a linear measure used to describe the size of a fiber or filament. The filaments are so light that it takes nine thousand meters of a 1-denier filament to weigh one gram. These filaments are combined to create yarns that are then tightly knitted.

Split microfiber is genuine microfiber with unsurpassed cleaning capacities.

It can be used dry or with a touch of water: No chemicals are needed, making it environmentally friendly. Traditional cotton cloths or microfiber imitations made of fibers that are not split cannot be compared to split microfiber. If a "microfiber" has not gone through the splitting process, it is NOT a true microfiber and possesses none of the properties that make it an outstanding cleaning tool.

With non-split microfiber particles of dirt cannot be picked up by the cloth because of the rounded surface of threads as seen in drawing below of NON-SPLIT MICROFIBER. Since splitting is the most expensive part in the manufacturing of a microfiber, many manufactures around the world are making cloth with non-split fibers as a way to lower production costs. Consumers and buyers alike are too often unaware of the difference between a genuine microfiber and an imitation and will unknowingly purchase a lesser quality product.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, non-split microfiber will eventually damage lenses and fragile surfaces because while the cloth is passing over these surfaces, and pressure is applied by your fingers, particles of dirt are moved across the coatings. When you own glasses, cameras & lenses, electronics, such as Smartphones, iPads, MP3 Players, or any kind of LCD screen, you should be sold a product that will under no circumstances damage your new equipment. (See Below Drawings A & B)

A & B drawings: 2 small images needed here

Mechanical cutting versus laser cutting and hemming: Some companies believe that hemmed edges or laser cutting is better than the mechanical cutting tools. NOTHING IS FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. Laser cutting melts the edges of nylon/polyester, and in so doing hardens them to prevent fraying. But these harden edges now have the potential to scratch lenses and LCDs. Hemming and tagging create knots that though small are very hard and can easily scratch fragile surfaces as well.

We make sure our microfiber is cut with mechanical dies. PHOTOSILK offers a very soft, safe split microfiber with no hemming or tags and edges that are dye-cut cold to guarantee that the fibers are not melted.

Care Instructions:

Between washings, remove all dirt particles from the cloth after each cleaning by shaking it vigorously. Never use bleach, fabric softener, or softener sheets, harsh detergents or cleaning agents. All of these will clog the pores of the microfiber. Instead, hand wash with mild soap such as Woolite. Avoid washing or drying with towels or other fabric producing lint which will be attracted to Photosilk microfiber. Line dry or machine dry at cold temperature.


Please note that microfiber, as all a man-made synthetic fiber will melt and emit chemical gases when it comes in contact with a flame. It is not made from a renewable source, and should be reused.