Working With Microfibre And Water
One of the core benefits of microfibre is that you can use it dry to wipe and mop surfaces, and it will be effective in getting rid of the dirt particles from the surfaces that are being worked on. There are different microfibre units available, targeting different areas. From really soft cloths for working on the windows and glass items, microfibre towels and dusters for countertops, walls and cabinets around the home, all through to the mop heads that make the mopping process a breeze. Through the static charge generated between the microfibres and the dirt particles, they are lifted from the surface and locked in the material. This reduces the need for additional chemicals in the process, making it an eco-friendly approach to surface care. You can also use microfibre with water when working on the different surfaces in your home.
The Advantage That Water Brings
Water is taken to be the universal cleaning solvent. What does this mean? A universal solvent would theoretically dissolve any other chemical. As such, there technically isn’t any true universal solvent out there. However, water often gets the title because it has the capacity of dissolving more substances compared to any other solvent. This is why you find dirt, food particles and debris dissolving in water, such as when you leave dirty dishes to soak in the sink overnight. The buoyant nature of water also come in handy since it causes the dirt particles to get suspended in it.
These attributes of water add to the effectiveness of the cleaning process. As it dissolves the dirt particles, the microfibres of the cloth come in for the rest of the process. The millions of tiny fibres on each cloth will work together when lifting the dirt particles from the surface and absorbing the spills, holding the substances within the structure of the cloth.
Benefits Of Cleaning Surfaces With Just A Microfibre Cloth And Water
- Takes away the risks of chemicals
Issues that come when spreading chemicals all over your home are avoided. Working with lots of cleaning agents even when simply wiping surfaces adds to the risks. On the other hand, microfibre cloths and water provide you with a healthier way of working on the different areas, and you also don’t have to worry about pollutants choking up your air space.
- Gets rid of more grime than conventional cloths
Microfibre is far much more effective in dirt removal compared to cotton cloths and towels. In fact, while cotton cloths can have the same size with the microfibre cloths, the latter with the split microfibres, actually have a larger surface area. This, coupled with the split nature of the fibres, makes it a superb scrubber and absorbent material for the surfaces. What’s more, microfibre cloths actually lock in the dirt within the material, instead of spreading it over the surface. This takes away the frustrations of dirt getting smeared all over the area being worked on, which are witnessed with the conventional cloths.
- Polish your stainless-steel surfaces
Bring back the sparkle to your stainless steel items by dampening the microfibre cloth in some water, and then wiping away the grime that is on the units. Follow this with a dry microfibre cloth, using it to buff the surface. This will give the stainless steel a polished effect.
- Streak-free glass cleaning
One of the reasons why microfibre is preferred for working on mirrors and windows is that you get to clean away the smears that are on the surface, without leaving behind streaks. Use a damp all-purpose microfibre cloth, or one that has been specifically developed for glass surfaces, to loosen and wipe off the dirt that is on the mirror or window. Then use a microfibre glass cloth to dry the surface. The flat weave construction of microfibre glass cloths enables it to function like a squeegee, and it also prevents streaks from being formed. This leaves the glass surface in a pristine condition, without taking up much effort.
- Cutting costs and saving time
With this approach to cleaning, you end up saving on costs that would have been incurred on cleaning agents, the time that would have taken preparing solutions and extra rinsing that would be required. What’s more, when using the microfibre cloths with just water, it enables them to last for longer, since it will avoid cases of the microfibre structure being attacked by chemicals that come with detergents. Note that the material is highly resilient, and can actually be used with most of the cleaning detergents. However, avoid using microfibre with acids, as they will damage the nylon component.
Treating Your Microfibre Products Right
You can rinse and wring the microfibre as you use it. You don’t have to limit yourself to just wiping once. So, when it gets saturated with soiling, give it a quick rinse to release the grime, wring it out, and carry on with the task.
When washing the microfibre cloths, it is recommended that you do it separately from the other clothing items. Since the cloths have a large capacity and lock in the grime within the fibres during the cleaning task, there will be loads of gunk in them, and washing it with other lightly soiled clothing items may increase the workload. Alternatively, you can wash it together with other heavily soiled items. Note that the temperature settings of the washing machine should not go over a maximum of 200°F (93°C).
Still on the laundering process, it is vital that you avoid washing the microfibre with clothing items that produce lint. Just as the microfibre lifts off dirt from surfaces, it will pull the lint from the fabrics. This will end up affecting the effectiveness of the microfibre for tasks that it will be used on afterwards.
For the laundry detergent, you don’t have to drench the microfibre item with it. A small amount of detergent will do, as the microfibre will release the grime that has been held within it. The specific choice of laundry detergent is important though. Microfibre material can be washed with a wide range of chemicals, but do not use bleach or fabric softener on it.