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Wiping Cloth Comparison Chart

MICROFIBER CLOTH   RAGS    RENTAL SHOP TOWELS ⎮ SPUNLACE WIPING CLOTHS

 

 

 

 

SPUNLACE WIPING    CLOTHS

(Woodpulp/Polyester)

 

RENTAL SHOP TOWELS

 

 

RAGS

 

MICROFIBER CLOTH

(Polyester/Nylon)

Price Per Cloth

$.10- $.15 per wipe depending on size and put- up

Varies based on the contract

$.30 to $1.50 per rag depending on the type of rag

$.50 -$1+ depending on size and edges

Absorbency

Very absorbent

Very absorbent

Very absorbent

Holds liquids but does not absorb them.

Cross Contamination

Spunlace wipes are made new and if USA made, have no binders or glues.  There are no contaminants from previous users.

Rental Shop Towels have a high risk for contamination because the washing process may not remove metal chards, residue or other fine debris.

Rags can contain buttons, zippers, stains, loose threads and potential oils and dirt from a previous life as an article of clothing.

Microfiber cloths are new for the initial use, then washed and reused. Cross Contamination depends on soil level.

Reusable or Disposable

Spunlace wipes are disposable due to their low price. Use spunlace wipes until soiled.  They can be rinsed and reused but washing is not recommended.

Rental shop towels are reusable. The towels must be stored, counted and after soiled picked up for washing.

Rags are reusable, but must be washed.  However most rags are thrown away due to soil level.

Microfiber cloths are reusable but must be washed. Some are thrown away due to soil level.

Comparing Wet and Dry Strength

Spunlace wipes have excellent wet and dry strength which are sufficient for most heavy duty cleaning use.

Rental shop towels have excellent wet and dry strength. The strength is sufficient for heavy duty cleaning use.

Rags have excellent wet and dry strength.  The strength is sufficient for heavy duty cleaning use.

Microfiber cloths have excellent wet and dry strength. The strength is sufficient for heavy duty cleaning use.

Lint Level

Spunlace wipes are essentially lint free.

Rental Shop Towels can have fiber snags and broken fibers which produce lint.

Rags can have fiber snags and frayed edges of fabric which produce lint.

Microfiber cloths have some lint depending on cloth construction.

 

Will Spunlace replace blue shop towels or shop rags?

We believe spunlace is the superior product all around. But it mostly depends on the application. Spunlace towels are more comparable to a soft absorbent rag than the paper blue shop towels available at Lowe's, Home Depot, and Amazon.

 

Best Lint Free Towels

Spunlace is superior to blue shop towels and rags when it comes to leaving lint. The Spunlace Blue Shop Towels are “essentially lint free”. In everyday use the lint is essentially non-existent. The Blue Paper Shop Towels, rags, or DRC are NOT lint free.