THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CLOTH
The more hygienic option for half the price – these cloths are inexpensive and end up looking cleaner for a longer period.
Ordinary cleaning cloths have small fibres made of cotton or a synthetic material like nylon. With that said, a microfiber cloth has far more fibres which are much smaller. Smaller fibres are more capable to attach themselves better to microscopic dust particles – whereas normal cloth fibres would simply brush past the dust particle.
Generally, it is best to boil a microfiber cloth in a saucepan and to avoid washing it with normal detergents – you have to ensure that these cloths are thoroughly cleaned after use to avoid spreading the dust particles and to prevent scratches. Provided that you look after your microfibre cloth – you should be able to technically get a good amount of mileage out of it.
Now to get a little more technical – these cloths are 10-50 times thinner than human hair, 50 times lighter than the fibre in a pair of stockings and have grains that are smaller than most bacteria.
The best way to use these kinds of cloths is to use them slightly wet for more general cleaning. When using it on your car it would probably be best to have a separate cloth and soapy water to wash all the dirt off. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and use a rubber squeegee to get the car almost dry. Use your microfibre cloth for an all over smear-free, sparkling finish.
- The fibres can absorb 7 times their weight in water
- A damp microfibre cloth can remove 98.9% of dirt
- Microfibres can be laundered and reused 400-500 times
- The fabric is quick drying, in one-third of the time
- The net-like structure beat cotton cloths by far
That’s really all it takes to clean your car. You can buy these cloths almost everywhere - including from us here at Start My Car! They really are something to add to your arsenal of cleaning when it comes to looking after your vehicle.
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Your Car is Your Armour - Shield It Well
Second only to our beds, we probably spend more time in our cars than any other personal utility (office chairs included), which is why we keep our wheels well serviced and safe. Our cars are an extension of our anatomy, of our personality – a spacious body armour that protects us as we travel through life, a symbol of our ‘mobility philosophy’. In short, our cars are as valuable to us as any of our limbs and should be treated with equal care. Naturally, keeping our cars clean and shiny is an essential part of any healthy car care regimen.
Apart from creating a good public impression, a well-cleaned and polished car will retain its resale value far better than a car that has a faded, scratched or corroded paint finish - both being good reasons to go about cleaning your car as professionally as possible.
This is easily achieved by using specialist car care products like Shield, a South African brand that’s been around since 1964. The Shield range of innovative and cost-effective car care solutions includes everything from cleaners, waxes and polishes, to detailing tools and all manner of cloth, sponge and chamois products.
The importance of using the best cloths available to wash, dry and polish your car cannot be overstated. Thankfully, technology is here to help us in the form of microfibre cloth that lifts dirt much more effectively than cotton or polyester [see our cover story for more].
According to the experts at Shield, “Microfibres have a wedge-shaped structure that lifts dirt and moisture whereas ordinary fibres simply push dirt and moisture around. Furthermore, microfibre cloths are lint-free, streak-free, swirl-free and non-abrasive. Shield microfibre cloths are incredibly soft yet super-strong and ultra-absorbent, producing unparalleled cleaning and polishing results on both exterior and interior surfaces of your car.”
Shield microfibre cloths and towels for washing, drying and waxing your car are available for purchase on StartMyCar.co.za giving you a direct-to-your-door professional car care solution that offers unmatched coating protection and visual brilliance.
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Recently a routine police patrol was parked outside a bar in the Outback. After last call, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so apparently intoxicated that he could barely walk. The man stumbled around the parking lot for a few minutes, with the officer quietly observing.
After what seemed an eternity, in which he tried his keys on five different vehicles, the man managed to find his car and fall into it. He sat there for a few minutes as a number of other patrons left the bar and drove off. Finally he started the car, switched the wipers on and off; it was a fine, dry summer night, flicked the blinkers on and off a couple of times, honked the horn and then switched on the lights.
He moved the vehicle forward a few inches, reversed a little, and then remained still for a few more minutes as some more of the other patrons' vehicles left.At last, when his was the only car left in the parking lot, he pulled out and drove slowly down the road. The police officer, having waited patiently all this time, now started up his patrol car, put on the flashing lights, and promptly pulled the man over and administered a breathalyser test.
To his amazement, the breathalyzer indicated no evidence that the man had consumed any alcohol at all! Dumbfounded, the officer said, "I'll have to ask you to accompany me to the police station. This breathalyser equipment must be broken. "I doubt it," said the truly proud man. "Tonight I'm the designated decoy."