Microfiber is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve the sanitation of your facility. Microfiber is so effective that it can remove 99.6% of all surface contaminants using only water!
Microfiber cleaning cloths and mops are made of millions of tiny fibers smaller than a strand of silk. In addition to the sheer number of fibers, microfiber also produces an adhesive action when exposed to dirt, which is why debris and dust seem to be drawn to microfiber cleaning materials.
How it’s made:
Oftentimes microfiber is made of a blend of polyester and polyamide or nylon. The polyester and polyamide are combined in such a way that the fibers are split which makes it very porous.
How it works:
Microfiber fibers are so small they are able to clean spaces much smaller than a traditional cleaning cloth while cleaning bigger areas more efficiently by trapping dirt instead of just pushing it around. Microfiber is an absorbent product and will not need chemicals but you can use some cleaning solutions without worrying about damaging the cloth. If you oversaturate a microfiber cloth, it is not going to work very well; you will only want to lightly dampen microfiber cloths as you clean.
Caring for Microfiber:
- 1. Wash in warm or hot water with mild detergent
- 2. NO FABRIC SOFTENERS or BLEACH– they clog the open spaces in the microfiber, making the fabric useless
- 3. Be careful what you wash with your microfiber. Avoid anything made with cotton because the microfiber will grab on to the lint. Ideally wash microfiber with only microfiber but if you must mix loads, wash with other non-linting synthetics
- 4. If you hand wash, wash in hot water with mild detergent and use a soft bristled brush if necessary – rinse thoroughly
- 5. To ensure the longest lasting microfiber, air dry is best
- 6. If you use a dryer, set it on low heat or no heat
Sources: Clean Link, Merry Maids, Lord Baltimore