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Product Review: P&S Rags to Riches Premium Microfiber Detergent

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Cleaning microfiber towels is one of the mundane and basic of chores in detailing. You certainly don’t see a whole lot of posts on social media of someone washing their towels as you see on other aspects of the detailing process. It’s one of those behind the scenes type of things in detailing. With the advent of ceramic sprays and hyper sealants, it has always been difficult to rid microfiber towels of these products from the fibers. There have always been specialized detergents to clean microfiber towels, but none that in my experience could properly restore microfiber and make them un-hydrophobic.

rags to riches

P&S in collaboration with The Rag Company set out to do just that with its Rags to Riches Premium Detergent. This detergent was developed to deep clean and restore the absorbency of microfiber towels used in detailing, most especially microfiber used for today’s high-powered sealants and silica spray products. P&S Rags to Riches is a concentrate and was formulated for use with both residential and commercial washing machines and is also rated for High-Efficiency machines.

P&S Rags to Riches is also safe for use with other fabrics such as cotton, chamois, and various other fabric blends. It is important to note that these other fabric types should never be washed along with microfiber. According to The Rag Company, Rags to Riches will soften, brighten and bring new life to your favorite quality microfiber products. I had been using a microfiber detergent by another manufacturer for a few years now and I decided to give Rags to Riches a try to see if it would actually soften, brighten and restore my microfibers towels.

Built-in proportion design

Using P&S Rags to Riches

The first thing I noticed was the unique bottle design. It has a built-in proportion system which makes pouring in the exact amount extremely convenient. It also has a separate pour to allow for larger pouring applications. P&S Rags to Riches is a high concentrate and it is recommended by P&S to use 1 ounce for lightly soiled or small loads. 2 ounces are recommended for larger loads.


Use 1 ounce for small loads and 2 ounces for larger loads

I was curious to see if I would see a difference in my recently washed microfiber towels. So I took a few of my Rag Company Eagle Edgeless Towels and rewashed them in P&S Rags to Riches. 

I followed the directions for a small load of towels.

  • For small or lightly soiled towels, use 1 ounce.
  • For large loads, use 2 ounces.
  • Pre-soak heavily soiled and/or hydrophobic towels in a bucket of water mixed with 1-2 ounces of Rags to Riches prior to washing.
  • For best results, wash with Warm Water and dry on a Low Heat setting or hang to dry.
  • Do NOT use with fabric softeners and avoid mixing microfiber products with non-microfiber products.

Pouring 1 ounce for a small load of microfiber towels

Washing machine settings

Freshly washed towel out of the washer

Once going through the wash cycle, I was extremely surprised as I opened the lid and pulled out one of the towels that had been washed with P&S Rags to Riches. The towel felt newer! With the previous detergent I had been using, the towels had a different feel to them out of the wash. Very difficult to explain, but the Rags to Riches washed towels felt softer to me.

It was on to the dryer. P&S recommends hang drying them or using a low setting on a dryer. I for one only hang dry my drying towels, but for other microfiber I use a dryer.

When drying microfiber towels, I always set my settings on my dryer to the lowest settings on both the temperature and the level of dry. Remember to never use dryer sheets as they will ruin microfiber towels of all types.

washing machine settings

Once the drying cycle was finished. I pulled the towels out and compared them to others that I had previously washed with the other detergent and I noticed 3 things.

  1. The towels washed with Rags to Riches did feel significantly softer than my other towels.
  2. The towels washed with Rags to Riches did actually brighter in color by comparison
  3. The towels washed with Rags to Riches were no longer hydrophobic.

As advertised, the Rags to Riches did restore these towels to a newer state. The towels did not have a scent, which I particularly like. I was especially impressed by its ability to remove the sealant and similar product residue from the fibers that the other detergent left behind.

This left me to think, how well would this do on towels used for applying traditional ceramic coatings? I’ve often tried this method of soaking towels during the coating process in a bucket of warm water with a little vinegar and/or APC. Truth be told, they weren’t always completely un-hydrophobic but soft enough to safely reuse.

Washing Coating Towels with P&S Rags to Riches

Microfiber towels used for coatings soaking in Rags to Riches prior to washing

So on my next project, I took my usual bucket of warm water to which I added and mixed 2 ounces of P&S Rags to Riches. As I coated the vehicle, I would place the used towel in the soaking solution. According to The Rag Company, Rags to Riches does better with coatings that tend to leave the applicator or towels soft after use. For this test, I used 22ple Mistico Element which always hardens applicators and towels. This is why I believe I’ve not had too much success with my previous soaking method. The towels have always had some hydrophobicity after soaking them and washing them.

Once I finished coating the vehicle, I had the towels soak in the solution of warm water and Rags to Riches for a few hours prior to washing them. I did not wash these towels with any other towels and I recommend washing coating towels separately. Although the wash load was pretty small, I used 2 ounces of Rags to Riches to wash these coating towels.

Again, to my surprise, the towels felt as soft as the other towels I had washed in Rags to Riches. I dried them and then it was on to testing them to see if they had any hydrophobic properties after washing them in Rags to Riches

The towels passed! I poured water on them and they soaked up the water without any beading.

Coating microfiber towels after washing with P&S Rags to Riches

Closing Thoughts

The science behind this product performs as promised. In fact, I went back and rewashed all of my microfiber towels. It’s always nice to see a product that works as promised and for me, this product has worked great. I’ve been using Rags to Riches for about a month now and It’s become my new detergent for washing microfiber. It’s a super-concentrated detergent that goes far. This will certainly save money on detergent while taking the guesswork from how much to use due to the bottle design.

Be sure to check out the product review video I did on P&S Rags to Riches below. There are certainly some general tips to washing microfiber in that video.

Video Transcription

(00:00)

Hello, everyone. Mike Cardenas with Forza Detailing and Detailed Image, here where a product review for the latest from P&S, their Rags to Riches premium microfiber detergent. Now to put the detergent in it’s pretty easy, they basically have a opening right here. You can pour it in there, but they actually have a built in proportioner into this bottle with you see this on the side, it’s pretty nifty. It reads ounces on one side and then mills and the other. For small loads, they recommend that you use about one ounce, on a much larger load of towels, then use two ounces. To use this, it’s pretty easy we’re going to do is just screw that and then you simply just squeeze it like you would a proportionate and then you’ll see the liquid just start to fill that up. So you get to one ounce. Boom. Now you can actually pour that into the detergent, pour that in there. So now it’s perfectly mixed, ready to go.

(01:03)

Next, it’s time to set the washing machines. We’re going to do towels. They do suggest to use warm water. So we’re already set to there and we are ready to go. Now, one of the things I’ve noticed with using Rags to Riches is before I put the towels into the dryer, they already feel clean. They just feel differently than any other microfiber towel that I have pulled out of a washing machine. It’s just, it’s, it’s hard to describe almost as if you are a washing might sound silly, but it’s, it’s kind of the feeling when you’re washing a brand new towel.

(01:54)

Now for most of us, we use a dryer to dry our towels. So the one thing I always suggest is to make sure that you put your temperature on the lowest sertting, extra low on for mine. I’m going to go with damp. These are almost, they almost feel, I mean, they’re nice, they’re slightly damp and they almost feel dry. So for me on the damp level, always does the trick. Now these are Eagle Edgeless towels that I use for silica sprays, sealants, things of that nature. Now this one is one that was previously washed. You know, I actually had previously washed this with another microfiber detergent and this one is the one that’s washed with the Rags to Riches. You can see it’s still hydrophobic after it’s been washed. It still is hydrophobic. This is with the other detergent that I actually had to wash these towels with before.

(02:57)

So, you know, even though they were, there was still stuff in the fibers. Now on the Rags to Riches side, if we put water on them, you’ll notice that they are pretty damp. It’s, you know, that’s pretty crazy. How can you think of towels, you know you can put so much water into these, but you’re still hydrophobic. And then something like this is just damp. That is pretty impressive. So it actually has removed a lot of the stuff that’s in here. That’s pretty cool. Now whether you’re a detailing professional or a detailing enthusiast, cleaning microfiber towels, it’s just part of the gig. Unfortunately, the towels we use, as we all know, they’re not exactly cheap and arguably probably one of the most important tools we use in detailing. So if you’re looking for something that will clean and restore your microfiber towels, then consider the Rags to Riches from P&S. And it’s now available at DetailedImage.com.

Mike Cardenas
Forza Detailing
Northeast Indiana
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8 comments on Product Review: P&S Rags to Riches Premium Microfiber Detergent

  1. RAFAEL DIAZ says:

    Hi Mike,
    Thanks for taking the time to review this new product. I would like to share some thoughts :
    *The bottle design- this is not so unique; the original Micro-Restore detergent use the same bottle and even the same recommended qty of detergent for small and large loads.

    * ‘small’ vs ‘large’ loads – those proportions really means nothing for many people. I think a more practical guide could be suggesting how many 16”x16” towels become a small and a large loads.

    *Washing options: is machine wash the only way to get results using this product? What about soaking several towels (LT a ‘small’ load) in a bucket…it is feasible? How long? Do we need to agitate the towels in the bucket or just settle them down?

    Appreciate your feedback on these. Gracias!

    • Mike Cardenas says:

      Rafael,

      In response to your question,

      – Washing in a machine is going to be the most widely used method for using this product. If you wish to wash them by hand, arguably the same methods you are using with another product to wash towels by hand would apply. The result would be the benefits of R&R to remove residue.

      • Rafael Diaz says:

        Mike,
        Thanks for your response. Any suggestion about to better estimate the small vs large loads in a more practical way (i.e., qty of towels per load)? – Thanks!

        • Mike Cardenas says:

          I my opinion, keep things simple. If you’re splitting hairs by X amount of 16×16 towels and X amount of these other towels constitute a small load or a large load, that’s over thinking it. Its easy to gauge what size load you’re washing. If you’re not sure, 2 ounces will not hurt a questionable “small” load.

  2. Soggy says:

    So just for comparison’s sake, what was the microfiber detergent you were using previously?

    • Rafael Diaz says:

      Hi Soggy,
      Not sure if the question is directed to me or Mike, but I am using the recommended qty of the original Micro-Restore Detergent together with 1/2 cup of vinegar (pro tip from several detailers in YouTube).

    • Mike Cardenas says:

      I was using Griots Microfiber Detergent previously to now using Rags to Riches.

  3. Ron Ayotte says:

    I was using Exoforma’s Micro Restore and Griot’s Microfiber detergent. I saw a Rag Company video on Rags to Riches and decides to try it. I bought a small bottle of it to try.

    I was amazed at how my detail towels came out and ordered a gallon. I just reordered another gallon to keep in stock.

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