Lint Free Paper Towels - Do They Exist?

In reality  ……  “lint free paper towels” do not exist.  To confirm that we are on the same page, for this article we are talking about the type of “lint free” towel needed for applications like metals, powder coatings and wood surface prep, glass cleaning, grill and stainless- steel cleaning, garage grease clean up, mechanic work and other heavy-duty DIY and household cleaning. You get the idea. We are not talking about microscopic lint elimination for a class 10 or higher cleanroom. Here are some of the products Amazon lists under their search results for “lint free paper towels”.

However, in the higher performance wiping world, the products Amazon lists above can be misleading because these products are simply a more absorbent, slightly stronger version of a paper towel and are NOTlint free for the purposes of the applications above.  DRC products like Scott Shop Rags, Rags in a Box and all kitchen paper towels (even the heavy duty ones) are made of short woodpulp fibers and binders (glues).  They rip and create short woodpulp fibers  (lint) that remain on your cleaning surfaces. 

Try searching for Lint Free Wipes, Lint Free Wipers, Lint Free Shop Towels or Lint Free Spunlace Wipers in your browser search bar if you want results that typically reflect a truly low lint or essentially lint free product.  “Spunlace” is a type of nonwoven disposable fabric that makes the lowest lint wiper on the market.  For example, Amazon has a product called “Auto Paint Prep Wipes”


which uses this type of low lint spunlace fabric. Price per piece for spunlace shop towels is a little more than the Amazon products at the top of this article, but each wipe is much stronger, very absorbent, essentially lint free and will last longer than any of the products at the top of this article from Amazon.  Thus, these spunlace wipes will “cost” you less!  A LOT less!

Spunlace nonwovens are the lowest lint disposable product you will find.  They are made with woodpulp fibers, but also contain polyester fibers for reinforcement.  The spunlacing technology removes lint in the process.  Spunlace wipers are soft and strong. They are more like cloth rags but have  much lower lint and are significantly more cost effective for disposable uses.

You might be interested to know that spunlace nonwovens are used extensively in various industries such as Printing, Pharmaceutical manufacturing, Solid Surface and Glass Manufacturing, Automotive and Marine OEM and Auto Paint Refinish and many more because these wipers are strong and have very low lint.

A complete selection of Lint Free Spunlace Wipers can be found at Telesto’s Blue Shop Towel Smooth Special is one of many products listed on the Telesto Products website.


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