How to use electrostatic cloths

Most of us have used or have heard about electrostatic cloths. But what is the truth about them? Are they as good as companies claim? Are they “magic” dusters? Let’s have some insight into what electrostatic cloths are and how we could use them.

Electrostatic cloths are made of very tiny polyester fibres. They rely on electrostatic forces to lift the dust off a surface; these cloths create a static charge (imagine your pet’s hair when you rub a balloon on them) that will attract any dust or particles on the surface and will get stick to them.

Although manufacturing companies claim that these electrostatic cloths can be used almost anywhere, these cloths will not work the same way in all surfaces.

Here are 4 simple facts to have in mind when using electrostatic cloths:

  1. Electrostatic cloths work better when doing light dusting. They are able to pick or attract fine dust but not heavy dirt as the static forces are too weak.
  2. Electrostatic cloths do not work on greasy surfaces. Avoid getting these cloths in contact with grease as this can damage them permanently.
  3. Electrostatic cloths have to be used when they are completely dry. Moisture can interfere with electrostatic forces, so make sure that neither the surface nor the cloth are wet.
  4. Air humidity affects the efficiency of the electrostatic cloths.

And here are 2 things to avoid if you have electrostatic cloths at home:

  1. Do not clean your electrostatic cloths with strong soaps or detergents as some ingredients may not rinse well and will interfere with the cloth’s static force.
  2. Do not put your electrostatic cloths in contact with heat. If the cloths get close to a temperature of 79C the microfibres in them will start to melt and this will reduce the capacity of generating static force. So avoid tumble dryers and ironing!

Have you tried electrostatic cloths before? What do you think about them? Share with us!

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