Why Microfibre Is So Popular
As product innovation that revolutionised the cleaning industry, microfibre has made a name for itself. Used with cloths, dusters and even pads, microfibre technology has cut down the amount of time taken during cleaning tasks, enhanced worker safety and minimised the amount of resources required for the process. Environmental protection, health and sanitation – they all come into focus when using the microfibre products. Here, we will go over what makes this material highly sought after. Let’s start at the beginning.
What Microfibre is
This is a material whose individual fibres are so tiny, coming in at approximately 1/20th the width of a strand of silk. They are densely packed together, and are usually made of polyester and polyamide. When the fires are woven together, a net-like surface area is formed, with millions of tiny spaces where dirt, moisture and debris are trapped. The microfibres can get to the tiny nooks and crannies, and can lift particles that are too small for the eyes to see – including pathogens.
How Microfibre Works
When the microfibre dusters, cloths and other tools are being passed over the surfaces, they generate static charges. This charge attracts the dirt particles, lifting them from the surface. They are then held within the microfibre material. This pull is so strong that the particles will remain within the cloth until it will be time for it to be laundered, such as by taking it through cycles in the washing machine.
This mechanical mode of operation comes with various benefits.
- Firstly, it is so effective, that the microfibre cloths can be used when they are dry. This makes attending to spots much easier.
- When you want to wet-wipe surfaces, the amount of water used will be minimised. When it comes to the mopping process, the effort that goes into dipping and wringing out the conventional mops won’t be a cause for concern. For instance, when using microfibre mop heads, you won’t need to keep putting it back into the cleaning solution often, or have to keep changing the solution be used in between tasks. Speaking of which, microfibre mops actually use about 10-20 times less solutions compared to the conventional cotton mops. By reducing the dipping and wringing needs, it increases the speed of the clean-ups.
- The cleaning action also reduces the reliance on chemicals for the process, making it a more cost-effective and eco-friendly approach to surface care.
The high capacity of the microfibre material also plays a role in its effectiveness. it can hold in up to seven times its weight in water, meaning that you can to cover a wide surface area before needing to launder the cloths being used.
Tips For Working With Microfibre Cloths
So you’ve got your microfibre cloths, likely encouraged by the wide range of positive reviews and testimonials that you’ve heard about the material. Sure, it packs a punch, and can be used for a wide range of cleaning needs. The durability, absorbency of the material, and effectiveness when cleaning are core reasons behind the popularity of microfibre. Here are some tips that you can use when working with the cloths, to enable you get more from the cleaning process.
- Go green with the cleaning
Microfibre has been shown to be an effective cleaner when working with just water. With the individual fibres being so small – even up to 1/100th the thickness of human hair, they are effective in picking up a wide range of particles, and even pathogens, all by themselves, with the forces of attraction generated as the cloths pass over the surface being enough to lift the particles. This means that you can use it dry. However, adding some water also helps in breaking down the smudges that are on the surface. These approaches – whether you’re wiping the surfaces with the dry microfibre cloth, or working with some water, it will enable you to ensure that you’re cleaning in an eco-friendly manner. This saves you money, and also reduces your carbon footprint – which is a welcome bonus to the enhanced cleaning results.
- Fold your cleaning cloths
This is especially for the larger microfibre cloths. Folding the cloth once or twice gives you multiple sides to clean with. This enables you to work on more surface area with each individual cloth. You can also dampen one side of the cloth with water, using it to clean, and then dry with the other side. That way, you will reduce the need for working with additional paper towels or disposable wipes. In fact, the highly absorbent nature of microfibre enables you to cut down on the need for paper towels and wipes drastically, enabling you to save on the costs that would have been incurred when keeping on stocking copious amounts of paper wipes.
- Start with lightly soiled areas, working your way to the areas with heavier soiling
Given that microfibre will quickly pick up the particles, and the fact that it is highly absorbent, you should start with the areas that are lightly soiled. Rinse the microfibre cloth as you move onto the more heavily soiled sections. That way you won’t have to use lots of microfibre cloths for the tasks. The goal is to clean smarter, and not harder
- Colour coding
When you have multiple cleaning tools and are working on different rooms, you want to keep them separate. This is to reduce the risks of cross contamination. You don’t want a case where pathogens are being transferred from washroom surfaces to the dining area, or wiping grime from the living room surfaces with the same cloths used when working on the kitchen countertops. Colour coding comes in handy here. Basically, different colours get assigned to the various areas that are being worked on. For instance, green can be used for the kitchen surfaces where meals are to be prepared, blue for general areas like the lounge and office spaces, while red can be assigned to toilet surfaces that are high risk. This ensures that there won’t be mix-ups when the cleaning is being carried out.