LET'S TALK MICROFIBER
You’re probably familiar with microfiber in terms of clothing, blankets and upholstery. But are you cleaning with it? In most cases, microfiber cleans better than alternatives, like cotton, that tend to move dirt and dust around. Find out how and why you should be incorporating microfiber towels and mops into your cleaning routine.
Break it Down
What exactly is microfiber? It’s a combination of polyester and nylon (polymide) fiber used to make fabric. These fibers are split and are several times thinner than a single human hair. Because of this, microfiber products are more absorbent than other fabrics. The smaller the fibers, the more dirt they can pick up. Scientifically speaking, microfiber products have positive electrostatic properties, which attract dust, lint and dirt.
Tools of the Trade
Depending on the type of surface and space, there’s a microfiber product that’s perfect for the job. Let’s take a look at the lineup.
These towels are specially designed and woven for superior cleaning of all surfaces including porcelain, wood, stainless steel and countertops.
Virtually lint free, glass towels are specially knitted for efficient cleaning and dusting.
Looped end pads
With strong plastic teeth, looped end microfiber mop pads easily attach to mop bases. An additional layer of microfiber in the core, instead of foam, avoids bacteria build up.
When the cleaning job calls for a little more elbow grease, these mop pads are designed for stronger scrubbing. They are also easy to attach to mop bases.
Fringe dust mop
This microfiber mop option features a fringe design that picks up larger particles of dust.
Canvas-backed fringe dust mop
Quickly attach this mop pad without snaps or ties. Available in several sizes, you can cover large areas in a small amount of time.
Leave no lint or strands behind with the strong cleaning action of microfiber. The synthetic yarn helps restrict the growth of mold and mildew.
This is your solution for reaching overhead spaces and surfaces. When the frame and cover are attached to the extension handle, you can easily clean vents, ceiling fans and window sills.
If you want to clean smarter, microfiber products are a more efficient choice. High-capacity microfibers are twice as absorbent as cotton and hold six times their weight in fluid. These miniscule fibers can penetrate areas that cotton towels can’t reach.
Because little to no water or chemicals are needed when cleaning with microfiber towels and mops, you can conserve water and reduce the amount of harsh chemicals handled. EPA statistics estimate up to 95% savings in water and chemical product costs per day. This also makes microfiber mops much lighter and easier to use than heavy, wet cotton mops. With no wringing required, employee fatigue is reduced.
Microfiber is durable and reusable. It can stand up to several industrial washings and lasts longer than cotton. But don’t let the toughness fool you – microfiber is inherently a soft material so it won’t scratch surfaces.
Another benefit is that microfiber dries quickly (faster than cotton). This reduces the possibility for bacteria to grow on its surface.
Whether you own a daycare, run a clinic or work at a fast casual restaurant, microfiber cleaners can help you maintain a clean, healthy environment. Microfiber is made from synthetic fibers, which are not treated with chemicals, making it a great choice for the healthcare industry. According to the EPA, microfiber mops can eliminate up to 99% of bacteria from surfaces compared to a 33% reduction when using regular cotton mops.
Restaurants and bars can use microfiber glass towels for their drinkware. Water spots are easily removed, which means glasses will look freshly cleaned.
In the auto world, microfiber towels are tough enough to remove wax buildup but also gentle enough for detailing. Best of all, they leave a streak-free finish.
Microfiber towels and mop pads are available in multiple colors making it easy to set up a color coding system. For example, choose red towels for kitchen use, blue for restrooms and green for furniture. Using different colors for specific tasks helps avoid cross contamination and separates high risk zones.
Less is More
By adding microfiber towels and mops to your cleaning regimen, you’ll get a tidy business with less physical effort and less replacement costs. Microfiber products last longer, clean more effectively and efficiently and contribute to an infection control program. Your customers and employees will appreciate the many benefits of microfiber.
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