Disinfecting Surfaces With Microfibre Cloths
Microfibre items have been all the rage, with the increased demand for the units being attributed to their cleaning power. When it comes to surface care for both residential and commercial establishments, you want to maintain a healthy environment for the person in the establishment. Here, one of the main attributes of microfibre comes into play: disinfecting. What value do microfibre cloths bring when disinfecting surfaces? Let’s take an in-depth look at this.
The Cleaning And Disinfecting Process
First, let’s differentiate between cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting. Cleaning is where you remove the dirt and grime from the surfaces, where people use soaps or detergents and water. From washing countertops to laundering your clothing items – these all fall in this category. Speaking of which, microfibre is particularly beneficial here as it enables you to work on the surfaces with just water, as the positively charged microfibres will lift the dirt particles – which are negatively charged, from the surface being worked on. This magnet-like effect causes the dirt to cling onto the microfibre cloth, up until the time it will be laundered.
With sanitising, the goal is to reduce the pathogen count on the surfaces. Here, chemicals are typically used, reducing the viruses and bacteria to levels that are deemed acceptable by public health standards. This is particularly important for areas that are touched frequently, like doorknobs, counters, desks and light switches. The sanitising process usually removes 99.9% of the pathogens, protecting you from getting exposed to the disease-causing microbes.
Disinfecting doesn’t just remove the microbes – it actually kills them. The disinfecting process is carried out after the cleaning, with the disinfectant being allowed to remain on the target surface for a specific amount of time – such as 5-10 minutes. Here, the process will kill 99.999% of the pathogens. This makes it more effective compared to sanitising.
Disinfecting Your Home – Using Microfibre To Speed Things Up
When working on the different surfaces, first clean them with a damp microfibre cloths. The choice of the type of cloth depends on the area that you’re working on. Then take another microfibre cloth, and dip it into the disinfectant solution, and coat the surfaces. The absorbency of the material will be beneficial here, since it will soak up loads of liquid, and you get to work on a wide area within a short time. allow the surface to remain wet for around five minutes – or the time that has been indicated on the product label. Wipe away the disinfectant.
When dealing with floors, working with a microfibre mop head will come in handy. Note that you should slightly wring it out – just until it has stopped dripping, since you don’t want to spread the disinfectant on unintended surfaces. Apply the solution on the target area, leave it for the recommended dwelling time, then clean the surface with water and allow it to air dry.
Some surfaces may appear challenging at first, like when you want to disinfect the appliances, doorknobs or the handles of the drawers. Here, simply spray the solution onto the surface, or wrap the treated microfibre cloth around the surface and give the chemical time to carry out its task. You should use a clean cloth for each application, and ensure that you don’t put a cloth that is soiled back into the disinfectant solution.
Proper disinfecting comes down to two key issues: ensuring that you’ve carried out the initial cleaning to remove the grime, and allowing the recommended contact time for the particular solution being used. It is important that you read the product label for the application instructions, since there are those that will require you to wash away the disinfectant after use.
Prevent Cross Contamination With Colour Coding
Cross contamination occurs when one unintentionally transfers viruses, bacteria and other pathogens from one surface to another – as is likely to happen when the tools used when cleaning the bathroom surfaces are used on general living areas. Colour coding comes in to prevent such situations from occurring.
Here, you basically assign specific colours to different cleaning zones. For instance, you can use red for the high-risk areas like toilets, and blue for the general area like living rooms. Then equipment of that particular colour are restricted to that area, meaning the red microfibre cloths, towels and mop heads will be used only for the toilet surfaces like the bowls and floor, and the blue microfibre cloths will be used when working on the desks, tables, electronics and other surfaces in the living room. Note that there isn’t a universal colour coding system here. One works with what they deem to be suitable for their particular needs. Yellow is usually used for bathroom surfaces wither the is reduced risk – like when you want to clean the sinks and bathroom cabinets. Green, on the other hand, is typically used for food preparation zones, making the green microfibre cloths suited for cleaning the kitchen countertops, and the green mop heads for the kitchen floor. With such a setup in place, you will further enhance the health and hygiene standards of the premises.
Extra Caution When Using Microfibres For the Disinfecting
There are different kinds of disinfectants, ranging from oxidizers, and phenolics, to Quats (Quaternary Ammonium Compounds) and acids. Each has its specific mode of operation. However, when you’re applying the solution to the surface with microfibre cloths, you want to ensure that the disinfectant itself will not damage the microfibre in the process. For instance, one of the common oxidisers use for disinfecting surfaces is bleach. However, it is corrosive, and will damage the material. Acids may damage the microfibre as well, since one of the components used in the structure of microfibre is nylon. In fact, when going through the product label, check whether it is indicated that it is harmful to plastics. If it is, then you shouldn’t use the microfibre tools to apply it on the surface. These precautions, coupled with the maintenance measures such as washing the microfibre, will enable it to last for long.
Disinfecting Surfaces With Microfibre Cloths