The New York City Council voted Tuesday to adopt a law allowing residents to buy microfiber cloths for their cars, as it looks to help residents pay for health care.
Under the law, residents can purchase microfibers at a local retail store, as well as at the New York Department of Transportation’s New York Microfiber Cloth Center.
Microfibre cloths can be used in car care and in other ways, including cleaning up oil spills, cleaning up paint, removing dust, and replacing worn out tires, according to the DOT.
The microfIBRE Act is modeled after legislation passed in the state of Georgia, which has been widely used to help people pay for home care and other expenses.
Microfibres are the softest material in the world, and they absorb water to create a protective coating that can help protect surfaces and help reduce odors, according the DOT website.
The DOT also recommends using microfibrinose (a polymer that absorbs water) and microfutile (a synthetic fiber that can absorb odors).
“The New York microfibles are a perfect fit for our cities public health programs and will help provide an affordable, effective and safe alternative to the traditional car wash cloths that most people will find expensive,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
Micro-fibered cloths are currently available for purchase through select retailers and online.
Micro-fiber is available in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes, and is also available at local grocery stores and gas stations.
Microfiltrate is a different type of cloth, which can be purchased at a home improvement store.