Top Gun Cleaning Cloth

Gun Cleaning Cloth

I have bought and used many different gun cleaning cloths in the past 30 years and so I have a good idea which are good and which are not so good. I have even made my own from old bath towels, T-shirts and socks. They work but are not optimal. Lint and strings are not helpful in the gun cleaning process.

The one gun cleaning cloth that I have stuck with for the past 3 years is Southern Bloomer’s Classy Rag. They come in a bag of 12 and the size is 12″ x 12″…so they are 1 square foot. This size is perfect for cleaning gun exteriors and parts. It’s not too big like a towel and not too small like a gun cleaning patch.

Southern Bloomer’s gun cleaning cloths are lint and string free. They are manufactured from 100% cotton knit. They are super soft and super absorbent unlike any other gun cleaning cloth.

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Here is a bag of Classy Rags from Southern Bloomer along with 2 bags of gun cleaning patches, which are the best patches I’ve ever used..

Gun Cleaning Rags

Gun cleaning rags are usually a different material and purpose than gun cleaning cloths…my definition anyway. They are usually microfiber material because it pickups and holds dust and dirt like a magnet. I use rags for dusting and light cleaning only and not for oily/greasy actions or bolts or handgun slides. They are too soft for hardcore cleaning. They are however excellent for wiping down gun stocks, barrels and actions to remove dust, dirt and fingerprints.

You can use any microfiber gun cleaning rags but I really like “The Rag Company’s”  “Ultimate Professional Microfiber Gun Cleaning & Maintenance Kit”. This is a 20 piece microfiber gun rag kit that includes the following cleaning rags.

  • 6 Dark Grey and 6 Black 10″ x 10″ Microfiber Terry towels for all-purpose cleaning
  • 1 Grey and 1 Black 12″ x 12″ silky soft Microfiber suede cloths for cleaning/polishing/buffing metals & optics
  • 6 Light Grey, White, and/or Black (depending upon color availability)
  • 6″ x 7″ knit Microfiber lens cloths for use on all optics and smaller gun parts

Gun Cleaning Wipes

There are several gun cleaning wipes available that are pretreated with gun cleaner and/or gun oil. They can be very useful in the field where it’s quick and easy to grab one and wipe your gun down. Remington makes Rem Oil Wipes and Hoppes make their No. 9 Lubricating Gun Oil Field Wipes and of course don’t forget about Froglube CLP Wipes, Breakfree CLP Wipes and Ballistol Gun Wipes too. These are very handy to have around!

Gun Cleaning Towels

Gun cleaning towels are usually larger in size than cleaning cloths and rags. My gun cleaning towels are 16 x 16 and 24 x 24 and are microfiber. You can use gun cleaning towels for wiping down larger guns like shotguns and rifles after hunting or shooting. I also use them to clean my handguns on. I spread one out and then field strip my Glock on it. I like to use light colored towels because it makes it easy to spot small gun parts. Don’t use a black towel. Cleaning your guns on top of a gun cleaning towel stops oil and gun cleaners from getting on the floor or table. It will protect whatever you clean your gun on. it also stop round parts from rolling and getting lost.

These are from The Rag Company. I use white just because its easy to see small parts on. This is a 12 pack of 16 x 16 microfiber towels. You can wash them many times, so they will last a really long time.