This is a great question, and one I, too, have struggled with. I have found that some microfiber cloths are NOT much use and others are. Hate to say it, but the expensive ones seem to work better than cheapo ones. I do not wash them with my normal white washcloths, used for mopping floors, counters, etc. Those get soaked in hot water, some bleach, and often washed twice. The microfiber cloths, I wash seperately, using warm water, NO bleach, and NO fabric softener (it leaves them sort of sticky). Ideally, I would air dry them, but to save time, they go in my dryer.
I think HAIR is the bane of almost all house cleaners! Its is hard to get up, even with the best vacuum cleaner! I have a cat, who happens to be a HUGE shedder. If I pet him for a minute, there's a ton of dark gray hairs on the floor. Seems silly to vacuum it up. A damp paper towel wont get them, either. A FOAM sponge will, but come on, this is MY cat, and I dont want to obsess too much about kitty fur all over the place!
Human hair is just as bad. It can wrap around your vacuum beater head so badly it affects the suction! LONG hair especially. My vacuum has this wonderfully bright LED headlight, so I SEE what I am vacuuming up. Pretty shocking, sometimes, to see what is actually on a flor!
I would like to hear others comments on this.
Annie, scratching her head