There are many ways to combine yarns when weaving a fabric. Depending on the weave, the final product will have a different physical aspect, but also very different properties. Although most microfibers excel in cleaning, some have a better efficacy for dusting, drying, glass and mirror cleaning etc. The following is a quick compilation of the main microfiber weaves and their typical application.
Terry Weave: Un-clipped, looped piles that easily absorb large amounts of liquids. This is our primary microfiber weave. Although a completely different material, this type of weave is what you would commonly observe on a cotton towel. The long loops are intended to be soft and retain a lot of particles, which makes this type of weave ideal to dust with. It can also be utilized with great results to dry as it absorbs large quantities of water.
Waffle Weave: Consists of a “waffle” texture because it gives more surface area for absorption and it allows air to flow through, ensuring a fast drying process. This fabric is woven on a weaving machine or loom, making it more durable than other textiles. Waffle weaves are found in the kitchen as they excel at drying dishes. The same property makes them also the favorite tool of the avid automotive detailer.
Shaggy weave: This weave consists of long pile yarn that is soft and relaxed. The long loops are cut, exposing even more of the split yarn. Use this type of towel on your dashboard or wooden furniture to remove all dust around, including very hard to reach areas. The extremely small diameter of the filaments makes the finished product ideal for uneven surfaces.
Chenille weave: Consists of yarns that have a soft pile extended from their surface. Chenille yarns are soft and very flexible. This type of weave is commonly used for detailing mitts, dusters and bath mats. The additional contact surface created by the weave are ideal for cleaning but also very comfortable to walk barefoot on. In some instances we will call this weave the "knobby" weave.