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We all know how important it is to dry your car after washing it (if you don’t – read this), but you’re probably wondering whether it’s best to use a chamois or a microfibre cloth?
Although a chamois tends to be more durable, a microfibre cloth is a better tool for drying a car as it’s easier to use and less likely to cause damage to your vehicle. Microfibre cloths are usually cheaper than chamois and are quicker to dry as well.
In the rest of this article, we’ll look at the key differences between the two.
What is a Chamois?
In its traditional form, a chamois is a leather material made from the skin of mountain goat called a chamois. It is popularly used to dry and shine the exterior of a vehicle. The use of Chamois has been passed down from generations and it is favoured by professional car cleaners and detailers.
However, in recent years, manufacturers of chamois cloths have moved towards using sheep skin or synthetic materials for those users who are against the use of animal skin
Benefits of Using a Chamois
Here are the benefits of using a chamois cloth to dry the exterior of a car:
Drawbacks of using a Chamois
Although there are positives of using a Chamois for quick drying purposes, a number of drawbacks have been highlighted:
Does a Chamois Scratch Paint?
This is a popular question among those considering buying a chamois but often with mixed answers.
If a Chamois is used correctly and special care taken, then it won’t damage your paintwork and can be a very effective tool. However, fail to clean and store it well or have the wrong technique, it will almost certainly cause problems.
A Chamois should always be dampened before use, otherwise it becomes stiff and requires more force to move which could cause paintwork damage. You should also be careful that the chamois is free of dirt before using it, this is why it must be kept in a sealed container when not in use so that it doesn’t collect particles.
However, if a Chamois is used correctly, so its hung to dry after every use and it is dampened before use, it has a lessened chance of scratching the paint.
What is a Microfibre Drying Towel?
A microfibre drying towel is a modern material of towel used to dry vehicles after washing. They are really absorbent thanks to thousands of finely woven fibres which are made from the synthetic materials polyester and polyamide giving them durability.
A microfibre towel is more finely woven than typical cotton towels that become saturated when wet. As all the small fibres come in to contact with your car, they quickly absorb the water and pick up any tiny dirt particles too.
The use of microfibre material is popular in the car cleaning and detailing world, this is the because the delicate fibres do not scratch or cause any harm to paintwork or any exterior material of a vehicle.
Benefits of Microfibre Drying Towel
These are the key advantages of using a microfibre drying towel as opposed to a chamois:
Drawbacks of Microfibre Drying Towel
Now to take a look at the main disadvantages of a microfibre towel for drying your car:
So, Which is Best?
Needless to say, both a microfibre towel and a chamois will be effective to clean your car and both are better than a typical cotton towel or cloth.
Professional detailers tend to prefer a chamois, this is because they are more durable and can stand up to the constant use. As chamois have been used for many generations, it may also be the go-to method they were taught. However, for most users, a microfibre cloth or towel will be a better tool to dry your vehicle.
Microfibre towels are are just as absorbent as chamois leathers, however they tend to dry much quicker and are overall easier to use. You do not have to worry about keeping the towel moist as you do with a chamois and they tend to glide across the surface much more smoothly.
Finally, there is the cost consideration. Although a chamois may last longer, they are more expensive to purchase in the first place. On this front, both are quite similar.
Ellie used to work in a Vauxhall dealership but has now turned her passion to writing about cars instead. Ellie currently drives a Corsa but as an electric vehicle fanatic has her hopes on one day owning a Tesla. It will, of course, be grey as she only ever owns grey cars.