Microfiber technology may just be one of the most important product innovations to hit the cleaning industry. Not only is microfiber environmentally friendly and safe to use, it does an amazing job cleaning just about everything from floors to ceilings, to knick-knacks, framed artwork, and even dishes.
Microfibers, made of polyester and nylon, are designed with density in mind, and when they’re woven together they create a net-like, positively charged surface area that attracts negatively charged particles like dust, dirt, debris, liquids as well as pathogens. One of the greatest things about the microfiber cleaning products is that they can get to all those tiny nooks and crannies, the ones that traditional cleaning cloths never seem to reach. Because microfiber is extremely dense, it can handle more surface area than standard mops and they’re very absorbent as well.
Why Choose microfiber?
Oh, for so many reasons! A few of our favorites are that you don’t need to use paper towels anymore, no streaks or lint will be left behind, they dry fast and are inexpensive. As a matter of fact, a microfiber cloth can last through over 300 uses. And guess what? They’re also easy to clean – microfiber can be rinsed and wrung out after use and on light jobs like dusting you can simply rinse them in warm water, wring them out and hang dry. You can also launder microfiber with detergents, but don’t use fabric softener or bleach and you can toss it the in the dryer (skip the dryer sheets). It’s important to keep in mind, however, that you do need to clean microfiber carefully. Ineffective cleaning can lead to cross-contamination as pathogens can get caught in the microfiber weave.
Reduces Water and Chemical Use
Using microfiber products helps protect the environment by reducing waste and exposure to harmful chemicals if strong cleaners are used in the home or office environment. When it comes to mopping floors, cleaning with a microfiber mop will use about 20 times less liquid than cotton mops.
Microfiber vs. Other Cleaning Cloths
A cleaning industry research study carried out by the American Journal of Infection Control found that, when compared to cleaning products that included paper towels, cotton cloths, and sponge cloths, the microfiber versions delivered the best results when used in a brand new condition. The study did report however that after multiple uses and cleanings, cotton cloths exhibited better efficiency overall.
That being said, in our opinion, the environmentally friendly benefits of microfiber outweigh those of using cotton cloths if you follow the proper cleaning instructions.
Microfiber Buying Tips
If you’re new to microfiber; you’ll find several different products to choose from ranging from basic cleaning cloths to dust mops. A good idea would be to purchase a package of cloths in various colors; this way you can choose a designated color for each room or special task.