Most people who have used cheap cleaning cloths at home can relate to the experience of applying cleaner to a window or kitchen surface, only to have their job ruined by lint that remains on the surface when they wipe it away.
This lint is very difficult to remove and will become stuck in place as the water or detergent dries; it is one of the key reason that our range of lint free cloths is so extensive.
In a domestic environment this is merely irritating. In some industrial contexts, however, it can be disastrous. Where surfaces require critical cleaning, such as when cleaning instrument parts or preparing a surface for painting, there cannot be any residue left over from the clean.
What is lint?
The term lint originally applied to a type of linen fabric that was often used in bandages. (This use has thankfully been discontinued in favour of microfiber bandages.) Nowadays lint denotes any small fibre that detaches from the surface or edges of the cloth during the manufacturing process.
Linting is a common problem for all cleaning rags made of wool, cotton, or linen. It isn’t a problem with the material per se, but with the way the cloths are manufactured. The issue becomes more pronounced in older rags and in those that are used more than once.