South Korean vs Chinese Microfibre Towels?
WELCOME TO THE LOW-PILE AND HIGH-PILE OF MICROFIBRE TOWELS
Microfiber towels play a vital role in the automotive detailing process. With a plethora of options available, choosing the right towel can be overwhelming. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the different types of microfiber towels, GSM levels, and various factors that contribute to their performance in automotive detailing.
GSM, or grams per square meter, is a measurement of a towel’s density and thickness. Higher GSM towels are more absorbent and plush, while lower GSM towels are thinner and more suitable for tasks requiring precision. Here’s a quick guide to GSM levels and their appropriate uses:
200-350 GSM: Ideal for glass cleaning, interior detailing, and wiping off polish residue.
350-500 GSM: Suitable for drying, wax removal, and general-purpose cleaning.
500+ GSM: Perfect for buffing, drying, and applying quick detailers or spray waxes.
Types of Microfiber Towels:
Edgeless Towels: These towels lack stitched edges, reducing the risk of scratches or swirls. They are excellent for tasks requiring extra care, like paint correction or wax removal.
Short Pile Towels: With shorter fibres, these towels offer increased precision and are great for glass cleaning, polish removal, and interior detailing.
Long Pile Towels: Their longer fibres provide a plush and absorbent surface, making them ideal for drying, buffing, or applying spray waxes and quick detailers
Understanding Microfibre Towel Composition:
In the automotive detailing industry, two primary microfiber towel compositions are prevalent:
80% Polyester/20% Polyamide: This blend is most commonly used in automotive detailing due to its balance of softness, durability, and absorbency. It’s ideal for tasks such as paint correction, wax application, and drying.
70% Polyester/30% Polyamide: With a higher polyamide content, this blend is softer and more absorbent, making it suitable for delicate tasks like buffing or cleaning high-gloss surfaces. However, it may be less durable and more expensive. In the high-end automotive world, the premium in price is often justified and 70/30 blends are standard.
Microfibre Towel Manufacturing Origins:
Historically, South Korea has been known for producing high-quality microfibre towels with advanced technology and strict quality control standards. These towels typically come at a premium price but offer superior performance and longevity.
On the other hand, Chinese manufacturers produce a wide range of microfiber towels at varying price points. In the past, concerns about the quality of Chinese-made towels were prevalent. However, with technological advancements and improved manufacturing processes, Chinese manufacturers have closed the gap and can now produce microfibre towels that match South Korean quality. As a result, Chinese manufacturers can offer the same quality products at a fraction of the cost, making them an attractive option for those seeking both quality and affordability.
Artdeshine’s Approach to Microfibre Towel Selection:
Artdeshine has utilized its global network and supply chain to secure and provide a range of high-quality microfibre towels manufactured in China. By partnering with carefully selected manufacturers, we ensure competitive pricing without compromising on quality. Artdeshine went through multiple manufacturers to settle on our current supplier, confident that they will provide detailers with quality, competitively priced microfibre solutions.
Artdeshine recommends using edgeless 70/30 towels of both high and low pile for versatility. That’s why we offer our T1 and T2 microfibre towels, designed to cater to various detailing needs. By investing in high-quality microfibre towels and using them appropriately, you can ensure a professional and flawless finish on your vehicle.
In conclusion, understanding the different types of microfibre towels, their properties, and manufacturing origins is crucial to achieving the best results in automotive detailing. Consider factors like GSM, pile length, composition, and manufacturing origin when selecting towels for specific tasks. Above all else, we at Artdeshine want to emphasise that you aren’t required to spend and arm and a leg for quality microfibre products and we hope our towel selection is a testament to that!