Microfiber towels are made up of synthetic polymer fibers that are several times finer than a human hair. This lends them an amazing capacity to absorb and hold water, dirt, grime, etc. As compared to a strand of cotton, microfibers are extremely fine.
Most microfiber towels are made of polyester or nylon. These have an affinity to oil as well as water. Therefore, when a microfiber towel comes in contact with water or oil, it clings straight to the fiber, making cleaning a lot more efficient and thorough.
The microfibers are crafted in such a way that any dirt or grime gets stuck in the fine wedge shape of the fibers, making them excellent for cleaning around the house, or for use in towels or mops.
When it comes to choosing between cotton or microfiber towels, the latter is an automatic and obvious choice, outperforming the former by a large margin. Unlike cotton, which is susceptible to shrinkage, stretching or tearing, microfibers are extremely strong and retain their shape despite heavy use. Moreover, a microfiber towel is also resistant to wrinkling, abrasion, or any chemicals. It can also be washed like any ordinary cloth with just a bit of water (no detergent required!). When it comes to water holding capacity, various studies have concluded that while cotton can absorb 70% of the moisture, microfiber can hold up to 98% of the moisture from a surface.
From an economical point of view, microfiber cloths/towels can last for years. If you use any cleaning fluid in your household, you can cut down on its usage by up to 90% by using a microfiber towel. While the upfront costs might be more than any ordinary cleaning cloth, in the long run, you will only end up saving a lot of money and time by investing in a microfiber cleaning towel.