There’s Nothing Tacky about Microfiber Cloths

Posted by The Team at on 02 15 2020

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Tack cloths have been around for a long time, initially consisting of waxes soaked into fabric, usually cheese cloth. Modern chemistry has improved the dust removal performance and reduced residue left behind. However, commercial tack cloths do not last very long before becoming full of particles and stains; unfortunately, recipes for shop-made tack cloths are messy and rarely provide the best results.

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Fortunately, a completely different technology now provides a superior, alternative solution to removing dust: MicroFiber Cloth. Synthetic and finer than silk, microfibers have a wide range of uses, from cleaning sensitive surfaces like eye glasses to detailing automotive finishes. And as it turns out, with the right weave, they are excellent at removing fine dust in the same manner as commercial tack cloths. Microfiber cloths not only remove dust and particles from sanded surfaces very effectively but, unlike tack cloths, they can be washed and reused over and over again, making them economical and environmentally friendly.

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There is no perceivable difference from traditional tack cloths in how microfiber cloths are used. After you complete sanding, brush away the majority of the dust, and then draw the cloth across all surfaces to remove any remaining debris. If you’re not sure how well it is working, just flip the microfiber cloth over - the face of the cloth instantly shows how effective it is.

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Microfiber cloths work to remove wood dust when finish sanding and are just as effective at removing the fine dust created when sanding between applications of paint or topcoat. Because the fibers are soft and the tips of the fibers are split to trap and hold particles within, they will not scratch the surface. They won’t stick to fingers or leave residues behind that may spoil a finish as there are no chemicals added to Microfiber Cloths. Additionally, they are excellent for buffing and polishing finished surfaces. 

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Although we know that “new” doesn’t always mean “better”, our extensive testing of Microfiber Cloths has proven their value to us. They are now a regularly stocked item in our shop. carries Eagle brand Microfiber Detailing & Finish Cloths in a 16” by 16” size. Try them now and improve your finishing with this environmentally responsible choice.