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Old 21-06-2018, 10:01 AM   #1
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Why can't we use cotton towels?

Hi guys,

Maybe a dumb question, but why can't we actually use cotton (or part cotton) towels instead of microfiber? There's so much more choice of cotton towels and I bet they'll be much cheaper too, like for like..

Is there any specific way that the MF is superior to cotton towels?
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Old 21-06-2018, 10:05 AM   #2
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Cotton is to rough/hard and will mar/scratch the paint.

Micfrofiber material is soft and will carry away particles much better that cotton as it has lots of little fibers.

No one will stop you using cotton on your car, but you wont find any one on hear that would suggest, condone or even advise you do that

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Cotton is to rough/hard and will mar/scratch the paint.

Micfrofiber material is soft and will carry away particles much better that cotton as it has lots of little fibers.

No one will stop you using cotton on your car, but you wont find any one on hear that would suggest, condone or even advise you do that

Haha, I am indeed a newbie so apologies in advance if I sometimes ask dumb questions
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As above, use cotton if you wish but microfibres are generally much better when it comes to cleaning cars. The fibres are split which means they grab onto things very efficiently, cotton tends to just push things around.

This may help (from the Rag Company)

https://www.theragcompany.com/what-is-microfiber/
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Old 21-06-2018, 12:39 PM   #5
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Haha, I am indeed a newbie so apologies in advance if I sometimes ask dumb questions

Not a dumb question - you weren’t sure, so ask.
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Cotton towelling is still very effective on glass - works effectively when damp (drying glass or dampened with glass cleaner). Very effective door mats are produced with a towelling type upper backed by synthetic waterproof backing- damper they get the more efficient they become
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Not a dumb question - you weren’t sure, so ask.
I agree the only way to find out is to search and/or ask. We were all in that position at one time.

As someone once said "there are no dumb questions only dumb answers"
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I agree the only way to find out is to search and/or ask. We were all in that position at one time.

As someone once said "there are no dumb questions only dumb answers"
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I agree the only way to find out is to search and/or ask. We were all in that position at one time.

As someone once said "there are no dumb questions only dumb answers"
haha, true
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And yet all the old Meguiars videos from a while back show the use of cotton terry towels to buff polishes and waxes without any adverse effect
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