Why Microfibre Is Popular For Mopping
Those bits of dirt particles on the floor – from dust balls, fur and dander left behind by pets, to allergens and dust mite waste – they can all be lifted from the surface with a magnetic-like effect using the microfibre pads. This action of the cleaning tool makes it highly sought after, given that it cuts down on the amount of time needed for the cleaning, and you don’t even need to add water for the process. Even when water is used, only minimal quantities are required, making it a resource-efficient mode of floor care. The tiny microfibres that make up the construction – which are usually a blend of polyester and polyamide, are positively charged. On the other hand, the dirt particles are negatively charged. Consequently, while passing the microfibre mop head over the surface, it lifts the particles, including specks that are too tiny for the eyes to see. The pads can be used across the board, whether you’re cleaning hardwood or tiles floors or working on laminate surfaces.
Here is how you can go about the process:
- Start by attaching the microfibre pad to the mop head. Here, you need to ensure that you work with compatible units, especially when it comes to size. The pad may be fixed beneath a frame, or into slots on your mop depending on the design construction of the mop itself.
- Dip the microfibre pad into water. Alternatively, you can spray some of the cleaning solution onto it. There are brands where the mop handle comes with a bottle attached to it, where you use a push button to spray and mop on the go. This applies for wet mopping. In case you want to simply dust the surfaces or pick up the lint that is on the floor, you can use a dry mop.
- Move the mop across the floor, collecting the dirt. The microfibre mop head has a large capacity, absorbing multiple times its own weight in dirt and liquids. The substances are held within the numerous spaces of the microfibre pad. Add water or cleaning solution as needed for your wet mopping. Continue pushing the mop across the floor until the surface has completely been cleaned. Depending on the soiling levels of the surface, and the size of the floor area being worked non, you may need to change the microfibre floor pad as it gets saturated with the dirt and grime being picked up.
Another key benefit of microfibre features here. With other materials like mopheads with cotton yarn, there is the issue of dirt being pushed around the surface or smudges being smeared on the floor. However, when it comes to microfibre, the dirt is locked within the structure of the pad, held strongly by the forces of attraction that have been generated between the individual microfibres and the dirt particles.
- After working on your floor, rinse the microfibre with running water – which should preferably be warm. Alternatively, you can toss it into the washing machine, using a warm setting. The washing process enables the microfibre to release the soiling that had been trapped within the material. Note that this will be loads of grime – hence it is recommended that the microfibre pads get separately washed, or together with other items that are highly soiled.
- Allow the pads to air dry, or use the machine that’s been put on the “LOW” dryer setting.
Caring For Your Microfibre
Microfibre cleaning tools – from cloths and dusters to towels and mopheads, are some of the most popular items used by homeowners, janitors, and professional cleaning companies. They clean the different surfaces that would typically be worked on using chemical cleaners and soaps with just water. Even when dry, it is still an effective cleaning tool, easily lifting of the dirt particles from the surface with a magnetic-like effect due to the opposite charges between the microfibre cloth and the dirt particles. The need for stocking up loads of cleaning solutions is avoided, and they provide a fast mode of working on the wide range of surfaces. The effectiveness of your items will depend on how well you take care of it. Here are some of the dos and don’ts when it comes to microfibre care.
- DO rinse after use, preferably with warm water
As you wipe or mop the various surfaces, the dirt particles that are lifted from the surface are locked within the microfibre structure. In fact, this is one of its core benefits, since it prevents the dirt from being pushed around on the surface or smudges getting smeared on the area that is being worked on, as is often the case with conventional cloths. However, after you’re done, the microfibre should be thoroughly washed in order to remove the residue that is stuck in it. It’s recommended that you use warm water.
- DON’T clean with acids.
When washing the microfibre product, check the product label of the solution that you’re using. For products that have been indicated that they can harm plastics, they will likely pose a risk to the microfibre.
- DO launder your microfibre on a regular basis
For the deep cleaning, toss the microfibre item into the washing machine. Here, note that you should not exceed 200°F (93°C) for the washing cycle. Also avoid washing it together with clothing items that have lint, as the lint can end up getting stuck within the weaves of the microfibre, impeding its function.
- DON’T use fabrics softeners or bleach when cleaning the microfibre.
The fabric softener adds a film to the microfibre, and as it continues building up it prevents the microfibre from functioning effectively. Bleach, on the other hand, actually destroys the fibres themselves, causing the product to deteriorate.
- DO fold the microfibre cloth when working on the different surfaces.
This is a handy tip for increasing your efficiency. Having multiple clean sides to work with will give you optimal usage of the entire surface area of the microfibre cloth. You can even dampen one side and use it to wipe, then use the alternate side to dry the surface, saving your time.