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Best Microfiber Towels For Cars? Wash, dry, or wax.

If you want to keep your car looking fresh and swirl-free, you'll need some high-quality microfiber towels that are right for the job. There are different microfiber towels for cars for different tasks, such as cleaning glass, washing the paint, cleaning dirty areas like exhaust and tires, drying, or buffing off wax.

Microfiber cloths come in a variety of different styles with different densities, measured in GSM, or grams per square meter. Microfiber towels also come with various blends of polyester and polyamide, with higher quality towels having a higher percentage of polyamide. These are both important to consider when buying microfiber towels.

We're passionate about keeping our cars looking better than the day they rolled off the dealer's lot, and have settled on what we think is best through trial and error. Here's the list of our favorite microfiber towels for auto detailing.


Microfiber Towels for Drying

There are a few types of microfiber towels that are great for detailing your car. One choice is a waffle weave microfiber towel, easily recognizable by its unique "waffle" pattern. Another great choice is an ultra-plush, high-GSM microfiber towel.

These types of towels are highly absorbent, perfect for getting your paint dry and streak-free. Here are some of our favorite microfiber towels for drying.

The Rag Company Everest 1100

The Rag Company Everest 1100 microfiber towel for drying

These microfiber cloths from The Rag Company are some of the plushest we've used. The high GSM of 1100 makes them super absorbent, and their 70/30 blend of polyamide and polyester makes them incredibly soft.

With these, you'll be able to dry your car using just one or two towels. These towels come in a three-pack and are our personal choice for drying cars. We recommend holding the corners together in your hand when using these towels, keeping the edges off your paint.


Chemical Guys Waffle Weave Gray Matter

Chemical Guys  Gray Matter Waffle Weave Microfiber Towel

Chemical Guys makes some excellent auto detailing products, and their towels are no different. This waffle weave towel is designed specifically to make drying your car as easy as possible. Its huge 36"x25" drying surface makes it easy to cover large areas quickly.

The waffle pattern helps to trap dirt and other contaminates and keep them from scratching your paint. The 70/30 blend means it will absorb water better than cheaper towels, which typically have an 80/20 blend. It has silk edges, which are soft on the paint and won't cause scratches.


Microfiber Towels for Washing

If you want to avoid adding swirls to your paint, dulling the surface and requiring hours of labor to polish it again, microfiber towels are the best choice. While self-serve and automatic car washes are convenient, the brushes are terrible for your paint, especially with any dirt left over from the last person that used them. Microfiber towels are the safest thing you can wash your car with and get great results.

The Rag Company Creature Edgeless

The Rag Company Creature Edgeless

These 420 GSM microfiber towels from The Rag Company are perfect for washing your car. The high GSM helps them to remove and trap dirt more deeply, reducing the chance of scratching your paint. The edgeless design means you don't have to worry about it scratching your paint.

These towels have a dual pile design, meaning one side has long fibers, and the other has a shorter and flat pile. The flat side is great for wiping away wax and spray sealant, meaning this one towel can do two jobs.

This is our top recommended microfiber towel for washing cars. We like to use a waterless or rinseless wash, and fold these towels up, using one section at a time to clean the car.


Chemical Guys Professional Grade Microfiber Towel

The Rag Company Creature Edgeless

These microfiber towels from Chemical Guys are another great choice. They are 380 GSM, making them prefect for washing your car. The dual pile design gives you a smoother side that works great for removing wax, leaving behind a streak-free surface. These towels are 70/30 GSM, a common blend for higher quality towels, making them more absorbent and less likely to cause scratches.


Microfiber Towels for Windows

Windows are often the hardest part of a car to get perfectly clean. While other microfiber towels may work great for any other job, they can leave streaks and lint behind when cleaning or drying glass.

It's best to use microfiber towels with a low pile to get the best results with glass. Some waffle weave towels can work great for this, and there are microfiber towels made specifically for glass.

For best results you should have dedicated glass towels in your detailing arsenal. Using the same towels used elsewhere can spread unwanted detailing products and contaminates onto the glass. We've compiled a list of our favorite towels for glass below.

Chemical Guys Black Diamond

Chemical Guys Waffle Weave Gray Matter

Chemical Guys makes some excellent auto detailing products, and their towels are no different. This waffle weave towel is designed specifically to make drying your car as easy as possible. Its huge 36"x25" drying surface makes it easy to cover large areas quickly.

The waffle pattern helps to trap dirt and other contaminates and keep them from scratching your paint. The 70/30 blend means it will absorb water better than cheaper towels, which typically have an 80/20 blend. It has silk edges, which are soft on the paint and won't cause scratches.


Meguiar's Perfect Clarity Glass Towel

Meguiar's Perfect Clarity towels are designed specifically for cleaning glass. These towels are a huge improvement over using normal microfiber towels to clean your windows. The unique microfiber weave helps them to avoid leaving lint and streaks. These are reusable and washable, and at an affordable price, are a very worthy investment into your collection of car towels.


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