It seems that there is a new duster on the shelves of the supermarket each day. They all seem to advertise the same thing- “remove dust and dirt from those hard to reach areas!” But which one is really the most effective for your home or facility? Many rags, cleaning cloths and dusters do quite the opposite; they just move the dust and dirt around and disperse it in the air. This can result in a dirtier environment along with increasing one’s risk for allergy issues. However, don’t panic yet, there is a solution for cleaning those hard to reach dusty areas the correct way; the answer is Microfiber cloths.
Microfiber cloths pick up more dust and dirt opposed to holding bacteria. Microfiber is a polyester and nylon (polyamide) fiber that is used to make fabric. The fiber is split many times smaller than a human hair; so small that it sometimes can’t be seen by the human eye! This makes it a superior tool for cleaning and germ removal since it is capable of penetrating cracks and crevasses that cotton cloths or paper towels are not able to reach. The increased surface area of the fibers and their star shape also allow them to absorb up to 7 to 8 times their weight in liquid. The fibers generate a static electric charge when moved across a surface that attracts dust and contains it, rather than spreading it around or releasing it into the air when dry dusting. Here are the top three reasons why you should consider using a microfiber cloth next time you clean …
Benefits of Microfiber
1. Effective at capturing microbes: There have been several studies that have found that microfiber is better than cotton at capturing bacteria and dust. The University of California, Davis Medical Center, compared the amount of bacteria picked up by a cotton-loop mop and by a microfiber mop. The cotton-loop mop reduced bacteria on the floors by 30%, whereas the microfiber mop reduced bacteria by 99%. This is a significant difference considering the amount of dirt and dust that was left behind by the common cotton mop. Don’t waste your time and energy by using cotton. (Environmental Protection Agency ).
2. Prevents cross-contamination: A recommendation is to color code your Microfiber cloths and mops. Microfiber cloths are available in different colors so you can use a color-coding system and implement them for specific usage. This helps to eliminate spreading unwanted bacteria to different areas and you know exactly what to use when cleaning that specific area.
3. Long Lasting- Another benefit of using Microfiber cloths that may be unknown is how durable microfiber cloths can be. Microfiber cloths can last you up to over 500 washes! This is not only helpful to the environment by eliminating paper waste, but it will also save you a few dollars by not having to repurchase dusting rags!
Here are our recommended washing instructions for Microfiber Cloths.
John Reed is the Director of Sustainability and Training for Betco Corporation®, Toledo, Ohio. He has over 35 years of experience in the cleaning industry. In the past 10 years John has presented over 300 green cleaning seminars to distribution and end users concerning how to make facilities more sustainable. If you would like to contact John directly, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.