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Cotton: great for shirts, bad for glass surfaces. Microfiber: great for
glass surfaces, less comfortable than cotton as a shirt material. Cotton
shirts: veeeerrrrry tempting to use for cleaning glasses and
smartphone screens because it gets the job done and is always handy
(you're wearing it,
all), but prone to leaving scratches. Microfiber
cleaning cloths: great for cleaning your glass surfaces, does the job
and doesn't scratch, but prone to not being around when needed.
Microfiber shirts: available, but not as comfy or ubiquitous as cotton
The solution: microfiber bands, about 4 inches wide like a sash, which
you have sewn onto the bottom of your undershirts. It stays clean
because it gets tucked into your pants, separated from your body by (I
hope) underwear. Whenever you need to wipe off your glasses or
smartphone screen or camera lens, you now have a readily available,
safe to use cloth.
the difference is in the thread construction
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||Since the hem of my shirt serves the purpose of all-purpose
wipe, from lunchtime napkin to hankerchief to engine
degreaser (typically in the span of a single day), I give this
a nice sticky bun. Don't worry about the icing, just wipe it
on your shirt.
||Cotton, provided it's clean and is not new cotton (which may contain abraisive 'fillers', is great for cleaning glass. Also, both cotton and microfibre cloth are just as likely to pick up abraisive bits of dirt, so just as likely to scratch your glasses when you've been wearing them for a bit.
||My understanding is that microfiber cloth is designed to draw
the scratchy particles into the cloth, away from the outer
surface. Cotton, not being so designed, absorbs things like
fingerprint oil just fine, but simply pushes the scratchy particles
around instead of drawing them away from the surface.
||+ I think it's a good idea. It's something that I always do with my glasses and camera lens, so a special band of (whatever fiber) that works best will help a lot!
||I used to do it all the time, too. I just replaced my glasses
because the lenses were scratched to hell, and every optometrist
I've spoken to says wiping the lenses with your shirt is the
leading cause of that kind of damage. I also noticed my
smartphone screen has a permanent scratch on it that occured
while I was cleaning it with my shirt. So for now, I'm making a
conscious effort to always keep a microfiber cloth in my pocket,
but it gets covered in lint and pocket debris there, so I have to
shake it out and blow on it to clear off the cloth before using it.
I'm seriously considering buying some large microfiber cleaning
shams for cars and taking them to a tailor to get them sewn onto
||I have microfiber cloths that are great at removing grease. The problem is, it's hit or miss. I've had microfiber cloths from the same package that absorbed grease and just spread it around. I try to hang on to the good ones.
||The first link is closest, but still not what I have in mind. The
microfiber band is too high to be tucked into the waistline of
one's pants. Worn as-is, it is prone to getting dirty, covered in
dust and food spillage.
|| The second link is neat, but not an undershirt, and only has
microfiber cloth in the back. My idea calls for a wrap-around-
band, which provides more wiping surface area and flexibility of
use. The sleeve bit is neat, but again prone to picking dust and
other filth. If you slosh a drink, it'll run down your wrist and soak
into the microfiber.
||You could concatenate, with layers like a squeeze-box held closed by velcro until needed, to keep the fluff out.
|| I suggest microfibre, sandpaper, emery paper, a baby wipes layer, kevlar (for our transatlantic cousins) and possibly one layer of neutronium for some situation I can't quite imagine at the moment.
||Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a network
of miniature battle stations orbiting around you, kid.
||In my country, we call bottom shirts "boxer shorts".
||Why isnt this magic cleaning cloth used for pocket linings?
||Bungston, note the placement of the hyphen. Poc, that's a good
question. A damn good question.