No workshop would be complete without a few rags in sight. All purpose rags are used for cleaning up spills, hands and surfaces in the workshop environment. Rags, such as mutton cloth can be bought in large rolls and can be cut to size as and when needed in the workplace. Paper towels come in large rolls and can be very useful in a workshop environment, but may also be costly to use every time you simply want to wipe some grease or paint off your hands.
Some people even use old pieces of clothing or towels as rags in their workshops but sometimes a specific type of rag is essential when surfaces need to be completely clean. Lint free rags are mostly used for this purpose as they give off very small amounts of fluff when applied to a surface. Lint free rags are often used to clean the surface of an object that will be painted or spray painted for the smoothest result.
One should keep rags used for cleaning separate from all purpose rags in your workshop. Cleaning rags should also not be too absorbent as they will soak up large amounts of cleaning soaps or chemicals which is a waste of money in the long run. It will also be difficult to wash very absorbent rags properly after using them with chemicals to clean.
Rags are not merely used for cleaning. Applying varnish to a wooden surface is often done with rags as paint brushes may leave obvious streaks on the wooden surface.
Rags should not be allowed to pile up in a corner of your workshop as there might be certain chemicals that may have build up on the rags can cause rags to ignite spontaneously. Rags should be properly disposed of and cleaned on a regular basis to avoid combustion and other hazards.