THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WASH MITTS
You may not have taken into consideration the type of wash mitt you are using. If you just picked the coolest looking one off the shelf last time you were at the store, chances are you could purchase something of much higher quality at nearly the same cost. We are going to be going over the different types of materials and discuss some pro’s and cons.
Chenille Microfiber Mitts
The chenille microfiber wash mitt is pretty well known. It normally has long strands of microfiber that is made up of much smaller strands tangled together. The pro’s to this kind of wash mitt are that they are relatively easy to keep clean. The dirt easily escapes the wash mitt since there are less fibers around the entire wash mitt when compared to a wool mitt. The chenille wash mitt is great at removing dirt that is stuck to the paint since they are normally more aggressive with dirt removal compared to their fluffy wool competitors.
The downside to a chenille wash mitt is it’s not exactly the safest for extremely dirty vehicles. The smaller fibers of the microfiber trap dirt but do a worse job at bringing the dirt away from the paints surface. The chenille wash mitts also hold less soap compared to the wool mitts.
Wool mitts bring the best of a wash mitt to the table. They are super absorbent so they hold a lot of soapy water. This helps immensely with lubricating the paint during washing. The longer fibers also help trap the dirt and bring it away from the surface. Wool wash mitts are super soft and plush which is the main benefit to using them. These are great for doing your maintenance washing on a car that you want to minimize scratching on.
The downsides to these types of wash mitts are that they are harder to clean. The longer fibers mean the dirt can get trapped deep inside and be hard to remove. Make sure to thoroughly wash these out between car washes to avoid dirt from your previous wash getting on your paint. Another downside is since these are real wool, they tend to not last as long as chenille or synthetic wash mitts. This shorter life span may be worth the extra benefits though.
Since wool mitts are so good, manufacturers have been trying to lengthen the lifespan and make them even better. Introducing the synthetic wool wash mitt. This wash mitt gives you the fluff of the wool wash mitt with the longevity of a chenille wash mitt. These pretty much give all the same benefits as the wool wash mitt. They suffer slightly in absorbency and cleaning power but trade for longevity.
Synthetic wash mitts can come in varying shapes, sizes, fiber lengths, materials, ect. The most important goal in finding a wash mitt is picking one that’s soft while having long enough fibers to safely trap dirt.
So Which Do I Choose?
You honestly can’t go wrong with any type of wash mitt. Authentic wool will always be a safe bet if you aren’t sure. The wash mitt itself is less important than using the proper 2 Bucket Wash Procedure.