Read the Label—Not All Microfiber Detailing Towels are Made Equal

You only want the best for your shiny new Ford. That means investing in quality microfiber towels to do the best detailing work, so you avoid scratches and swirl-marks. But as Larry Kosilla of Autoblog Details explains, not all microfiber is the same.

You may want to carefully read the label of any towel you purchase to make sure you're getting your money's worth.

The easiest part of a microfiber towel to inspect is the fabric blend. According to Kosilla, a good microfiber towel ranges between 80 percent polyester (the scrubbing component) and 20 percent polyamide (the absorbent component), to 70 percent polyester and 30 percent polyamide. This information is easily found on the towel's label. Be careful—we've seen microfiber towels for sale far outside of this ideal range.

The other factor to consider is the towel's density, typically measured in GSM (grams per square meter). This information can be much harder to find, because it is not always included on the towel's label or its packaging. Unfortunately, cheap, low-GSM towels can be just as prone to causing scratches in clear coat as a traditional terry towel.

For glass cleaning, look for a 200 to 300 GSM microfiber density. For paint, the towel should be between 300 and 400 GSM.

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