Lint Free Cloths
TIDDOX® makes lint free cloths for lint-sensitive wiping and delicate cleaning tasks. If you don’t want lint contamination or have a critical cleaning task, we have the solution! Our soft, non-abrasive cloths are made for cleaning delicate instruments, parts and surfaces. For example, drying medical instruments, cleaning print heads, polishing glass, wiping optical lenses, or drying lint sensitive equipment parts. Our non-linting cloths are well regarded across all industries. These include, aviation, healthcare, food production, laboratories, cleanrooms, medical device manufacturing, printing and painting.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS LINT?
The term “lint” refers to the tiny fibers that come loose when cleaning or wiping. As a result of surface friction, fibers or particles separate from the cloth and are left on the surface.
These can be yarns of thread from textile cloths, or particles / shreds that have come loose during wiping.
WHAT IS A LINT FREE CLOTH?
Lint-free cloths don’t leave fibres or lint on a surface after wiping. Specifically, loose fibres, thread or yarn that have separated from cloth, or other dislodged shreds or particles.
Because cloths and rags are made from textiles, they can leave lint residue on surfaces. Hence, for lint-sensitive tasks, textile fabrics are not ideal. Instead, use “made-for-purpose” lint free cleaning cloths. TIDDOX specialises in making lint free products for cleaning, drying and polishing.
WHAT ARE ADVANTAGES OF A LINT FREE CLEANING CLOTHS?
The main advantage of using cloths that don’t lint, is that the risk of lint contamination reduces. To ensure that no lint remains on a surface after cleaning, only use lint free cleaning cloths. By this we mean tightly woven or knitted wipes. Why? Because they’re specifically made to reduce the risk of lint fibres breaking loose. And, by using cheap cloths, you risk the cost impacts that lint contamination can cause.
For example, lint can contaminate medical instruments. So, you wouldn’t want to dry surgical or dental instruments with anything but a lint free cloth. Similarly, lint on a print head would ruin a print run. Also, you don’t want to leave shreds of lint when drying food manufacturing equipment. Especially cleanrooms and other critical environments! They certainly can’t afford any lint contamination. Lint can even cause smears when polishing windows or glasses.
WHEN SHOULD YOU USE A LINT FREE CLOTH?
Whenever you have a lint critical task, only use lint free cleaning cloths. If lint contamination is an issue, then you can’t afford to use anything less.
In fact, there are endless examples where reducing lint is critical. Especially when cleaning, polishing and drying lint-sensitive surface.
For example, cleaning and drying medical instruments. That certainly qualifies as a lint-sensitive task. Similarly, food production facilities cannot risk any lint remnants when drying the food manufacturing equipment. Equally, cleanrooms and labs are highly sensitive to lint. Also, printers will only use lint free swabs and cloths to clean print heads. Same applies to tasks in electronic assembly, automotive manufacturing and industrial engineering. Even window cleaners use non-linting cloths to achieve a streak-free finish!
ARE RAGS LINT-FREE?
Because rags originate from textile clothing, yarn threads can come loose. Hence, rags are not ideal for lint-free cleaning tasks. However, they offer a low cost option for low lint tasks.
Its worth noting that some types of rags shed less lint than others. For instance, cotton rags are very low linting. Compared to t-shirt rags which tend to lint (but are more absorbent).
Because of the inherent lint risk with rags, they can’t compete with good quality non-linting cloths. Rather than compromise, only use cloths that don’t lint for critical cleaning tasks. Specifically, professional lint free cleaning cloths. Why? Because they’re made using modern technology, and won’t lint. Put simply, they far outperform rags when it comes to reducing lint.
ARE PAPER TOWELS LINT-FREE?
No, paper towels are not lint-free. They can, at best, be described as low-linting. Paper towels shred bits of paper during abrasive wiping. Especially less dense or flimsy towels.
TIDDOX has a SCRIM PAPER TOWEL, which is lower linting than most towel rolls. These 4 layered towels have a reinforced nylon webbing. This gives them extra strength and great tear resistance. Not only can you use them to absorb oil and grease, but also as a disposable drying towel. For low lint cleaning, they offer a cost effective solution.
In addition, our INDUSTRIAL PAPER TOWEL ROLLS are another low cost option. Each roll has 1000, 3-plys thick absorbent towels. Undoubtedly, great value for money, for less lint critical jobs.
However, for lint-sensitive jobs, instead of paper towels, rather use nonwoven cloths or knitted wipes.
ARE LINT FREE CLOTHS RECYCLABLE?
Often, part of the material components of cloths are recyclable. However, typically, they will contain an element of synthetic materials. Why? Because, synthetic materials strengthen the fabric and keep fibres from coming loose.
ARE LINT FREE CLOTHS ABSORBENT?
Yes they are! All cloths are absorbent. The absorbency depends on the weight of the cloths (denser absorbs more). Also, the synthetic material concentration impacts absorbency. There is an inverse relationship between the proportion of synthetic material and absorbency.
ARE NONWOVEN CLOTHS LINT FREE?
Nonwoven cloths with high levels of synthetic materials lint the least.
ARE MICROFIBRE CLOTHS LINT FREE?
Yes, for the most part they are. warp knitted microfiber cloths lint less than weft knitted ones. However for lint-free wiping use nonwoven microfibre cloths, like the lint-free MICROMAX.
WHERE CAN I GET LINT FREE WIPES AND CLOTHS?
For quality cloths that will not leave any lint residual, contact TIDDOX. TIDDOX is a professional wipes manufacturer. We specialise in making lint free wipes and cloths. This includes cloths for lint-free cleaning, drying and polishing tasks. As well as heavy-duty lint free cleaning cloths for deep scrubbing. In addition, we also make delicate lint-free polishing wipes. Also, absorbent lint free drying cloths. And, for ISO critical cleaning, use our sterile cleanroom wipes.
SOFT CLOTHS THAT DON’T LINT
For soft, lint free cleaning cloths, use LintNIL Cloths. Used for polishing windows, glass and handling sensitive parts. Because of their soft, non-abrasive texture they don’t smudge glass and windows. As such, they’re also great for cleaning microscopes and telescopes. made for critical wiping jobs where no lint residue wanted after wiping. And, they get used to apply lubricants and adhesives to sensitive surfaces.
Another popular lint free cloth is the lint free Polysoft Cloths. These double knitted, laser sealed cloths don’t shred fibres. Printers like them because they don’t leave lint on print heads. And, their softness doesn’t damage the print heads. Similarly, medical device manufacturers and laboratories used them. Why? Because of their soft, lint free features. Ideal for wiping delicate surfaces and cleaning in critical environments. For example, cleaning monitors, touchscreens lenses, glass surfaces and stainless steel.
LINT FREE DRYING CLOTHS
LINT FREE POLISHING CLOTHS
LINT FREE WET WIPES