Maybe you’ve spilled soup all over the dining table, the kitchen counter is covered in water, or the bookcases are under a thick layer of dust. In any of these cases, you will find yourself reaching for a cloth. Cloths have a big advantage over sponges in that they are made from woven fabric. This allows them to retain fluids far more effectively and makes them perfect for drying large surfaces, soaking up spilled fluids and cleaning surfaces. So which type is best to use and when?
A smooth cloth is recommended for thorough cleaning where you don’t need to clear up a lot of liquid. You should moisten it slightly and run it across the tops of cupboards, bathroom cabinets and bookshelves to collect dust, though it is also ideal for wiping away leftover dried food from the baby’s high chair. A damp cloth is the perfect choice for keeping the dining table clean, and you can also put it to work to see off pesky fingerprints on kitchen cupboards.
Of course, cloths are not just great for wiping and cleaning. The are also fantastic at dealing with spills. This is when perforated cloths come to the rescue. A perforated cloth is covered in hundreds of tiny holes, which create channels for fluids to collect in the fabric. This is why a perforated cloth soaks up the moisture on a wet surface rather than just spreading it around. It may come as a surprise, but a perforated cloth is capable of absorbing up to ten times its own weight. This is good news because every household has its fair share of spills! And let’s not forget the bathroom, where it is always worth wiping the bathtub and washbasin dry to prevent mold from developing. A perforated cloth is also perfect for soaking up juice spilled on the kitchen floor, soup that has boiled over onto the hob, the circles left by glasses on the coffee table and drops left on the drying tray.
Which cloth to choose? There’s a simple rule of thumb: The higher the viscose content, the more absorbent the material. Check the description on the reverse of the packaging, as this should include the viscose content of the fabric. This will also help you decide whether a perforated or smooth cloth is best for the given situation.