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Microfiber cloths & Kerosene smell?

I just picked up a 36 pack of the yellow microfiber cloths at Costco this week. Last night I washed the bike and then cleaned the chain with Kerosene (in my garage). I had the package of microfibers on my washer inside. The laundry room is inside but is how you get to the garage. Naturally after cleaning my chain, the garage smelled of kerosene and therefore so did the laundry room a little bit.

So here's my issue: I washed all the microfibers this morning (after they had been sitting in the laundry room all night) and after washing them 5 times, they have a faint kerosene odor to them. Is it possible that they absorbed the kerosene smell from the laundry room? Or do these cloths come packaged with an odor similar to kerosene?

If they did lock in the kerosene odor, are they still safe to use on my bike (paint, windshield only)?

None of the cloths came within 20 feet of kerosene so there's no chance they got any on them. I'm just wondering if I ruined a perfectly good pack of microfibers!

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The kerosene smell could be in your own nose. After 12 years working with solvents daily and a short 3 year break I went back into the chemical industry. I only lasted 1 day...I simply could not get away from the smell when I went home. It was like I was carrying a 5 gallon pail of the stuff around my neck! I quit the job the next day and the smell went away in 3 days or so....it was terrible to not be able to breath "fresh" air.
Just my weird take on the smell. Air everything out and give it a few days.

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Well, it could be but a friend of mine cane over this afternoon and I tossed one to him without telling him anything and had him smell it. It took him a second but then he said he thought they smelled like kerosene.

EDIT: Ok, scratch that...I just realized that I did actually wash a rag that had kerosene on it with the microfibers. The rag wasn't used to clean anything, but it was used to clean up a tiny spill, like maybe 3 or 4 drops the size of quarters. Now that I know that the microfibers were washed with kerosene, should I still use the microfibers for the paint and windshield on my bike??? My better judgement says no, I shouldn't chance it, but it's hard swallowing another $15 for new microfibers! Suggestions?

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I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to wash microfiber with soap..or at least as little as possible, for them to retain their absorbent magic. I just soak mine in cold water and agitate em' a bit and them hang them out to dry.

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I just use an old cut up tshirt, one for cleaning , one for drying---I don't see any scratches any where, except the windshield, but that is not from the cleaning as much as road and shed dings.


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I use old flannel sheets. They are super soft and produce a brilliant shine. (Try not "borrowing" the sheets from the marital bed, as this may lead to some spousal discontent.

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If you dried your micro fibers in the dryer, the dryer may have pulled in some of the kerosene odor through its air intake and deposited the smell on the cloth. I once varnished a door near my clothes dryer, while it was drying my bath towels. My towels came out smelling like varnish and kept the smell for several days.

I've used kerosene as a tar remover on my car, with no ill effects on the paint.
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If it was me i would use them.
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According to a few micro-fiber cloth manufacturers, before using it you should dip them in almost boiling water for 10 or 15 minutes. This assures the fibers are soften and clean, and be safely used on the front headlight glass and helmet viewer with no risk of scratching. I do that and had 0 problems so far.
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I just throw them in the wash with the socks and such. They get better every time they're washed.

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