Microfibre v Traditional Mops, Cloths and Wipes

It is difficult to make a purchasing decision when every school, hospital, clinic and nursing home is different.


An audit of the premises would evaluate the cleaning regime and the hygiene of every room, surface by surface for the microfibre cloths



With changes in size, footfall and surfaces, as well as the practicalities of sourcing cleaning products which rely on existing supplier relationships, unit cost or delivery convenience etc. Therefore, it may be profitable in the long-term to put time aside to conduct a hygiene audit before making any decisions.

An audit of the premises would evaluate the cleaning regime and the hygiene of every room, surface by surface, combined with speaking to those directly involved in the cleaning tasks.


In your opinion, what are the latest trends and developments in this particular market?


Based on these findings it may be easier to pinpoint where cleaning resources are best utilised, if additional training is required and identify what is required to improve the problem areas. There are companies and tools available to help with completing a hygiene audit that will help build a programme to monitor ongoing improvements and overall standards in hygiene.

This would give a better indication of what cleaning products are used, where they are used and how effective they have been across all areas for daily and deep cleans.

There is always scope for incremental improvements and you will be in a better place to decide what cleaning products are required for your specific needs and not just what a supplier wants to sell you.


Mops, cloths and microfibre products galore!

With so much choice available when sourcing microfibre products ask whether the products have been independently tested and if the technical data is available. The reason is being is that lot of retail microfibre wipes/cloths do not stand up to the bacteria found within a healthcare or industrial environment.

Due to their construction Microfibre cloths actually trap dust and dirt more efficiently than traditional cloths and they can be used with or without chemicals. The split fibres in microfibre products naturally create a static effect when dry and a capillary suction action when wet - Microfibre doesn't kill bacteria but it effectively lifts and removes 99.9% of anything that is on a surface.


What's the advantage of a microfibre cloth over other types of material?

Traditional dishcloths and cotton mops rely on a chemical solution to remove dirt and grease


Traditional products such as dishcloths and cotton mops rely on a chemical solution to remove dirt, however, it is argued that these methods encourage cross contamination with the re-using of water in the same bucket across several rooms and surfaces, which in turn leads to a non-effective clean.

It is believed this way of cleaning ensures no cross contamination and because the products can be washed and re-used many times it becomes much more cost effective than traditional cleaning product lines.

There science behind Microfibre products explains how the technology improves indoor air quality, by attracting more dust and dirt. In use, microfiber is extremely beneficial to the environment, it absorbs 7 times its own weight in liquid, which means us can use less water and cleaning chemicals.


How do our products differ from what else is on the market?

Traditional products such as dishcloths and cotton mops rely on a chemical solution to remove dirt, however, it is argued that these methods encourage cross contamination with the re-using of water in the same bucket across several rooms and surfaces, which in turn leads to a non-effective clean.

It is believed this way of cleaning ensures no cross contamination and because the products can be washed and re-used many times it becomes much more cost effective than traditional cleaning product lines.

There science behind Microfibre products explains how the technology improves indoor air quality, by attracting more dust and dirt. In use, microfiber is extremely beneficial to the environment, it absorbs 7 times its own weight in liquid, which means us can use less water and cleaning chemicals.


What new products or developments are you working on at the moment?

Some manufacturers that are marketing a range of nano silver microfibre products with the concept that bacteria is not able to survive in silver exposure, therefore surface-to-surface cross-contamination is greatly reduced.


Do not discount the value of traditional cleaning mops and wipes

Traditional cleaning products still have a role to play in any hygiene focused organisation for example mops can deal with large spillages better than microfiber because they are easier to wring out. For heavy duty cleaning, a large mop such as a Kentucky makes the task easier.

To get the best long-term value out of microfiber, an industrial laundry system is preferable. Buying extensive Microfibre systems, such as trolleys, mops and cloths etc. can require a large initial outlay. Some organisations insist on using a cleaner disinfectant type product and these types of chemicals are not recommended with microfibre as they can dramatically reduce the life span of the product.


Cloths & Wipes

Exel Micro Supercloth: Microfibre super cloth is ideal for wiping surfaces and available in a choice of 4 colours. Suitable for all surfaces and of contract quality the Exel Micro Supercloth is a high performance microfibre cleaning cloth with tiny microfibres that work hard for you collecting dirt.

Microtex Cleaning Cloth: These microfibre cloths have thousands of tiny, microscopic fibres that actively clean up dirt and grease, keeping it locked into the cloth until rinsed with water. As a result they clean and dry without smearing without dirt and grease being released back onto the cleaned surface. The cloths are made with a fine denier fibre construction and heat sealed edges for longer life.

Spray mop: The spray mop combines all the real advantages of Microfibre floor mops and can be used dry or wet, with or without cleaning agents or disinfectant. The on-board liquid dispenser, foot or hand operated, ensures that the mop head can be maintained in a damp condition at all times allowing larger surfaces to be thoroughly cleaned without the use of a bucket.

Traditional cleaning products still have a role to play in any hygiene focused organisation for example mops can deal with large spillages better than microfiber because they are easier to wring out. For heavy duty cleaning, a large mop such as a Kentucky makes the task easier. To get the best long-term value out of microfiber, an industrial laundry system is preferable. Buying extensive Microfibre systems, such as trolleys, mops and cloths etc. can require a large initial outlay. Some organisations insist on using a cleaner disinfectant type product and these types of chemicals are not recommended with microfibre as they can dramatically reduce the life span of the product.


Socket Mops


Socket Mops including: Exel PY Mop Heads, Exel Big White Mops and Exel Revolution Mop Heads.


The term 'socket mop' refers to any ball type mop used for cleaning. These types of mop are by far the most commonly used within the cleaning industry as they are suitable for a variety of tasks and used in work areas less than 30-40m. Socket mops include:

Exel PY Mop Heads: This PY Exel mop has a thick absorbent yarn for smooth areas and everyday use is available in four colours enabling a colour coding hygiene system. All the fittings on all Exel mops are compatible with most handles, they will screw their own thread and even take a wooden handle.

Exel Big White Mops: The Big White Mop is a fantastic alternative to PY mops, they are light to use, highly absorbent and extremely cost effective. This type of yarn is very clean looking and practically lint free and machine washable.

Exel Revolution Mop Heads: The Exel Revolution mop's yarn characteristics (60% cotton, 40% polyester) have been designed to absorb better and release more liquid, with just conventional wringing. The mop can be laundered up to 90oc.


Kentucky Mops


Kentucky Multifold Mop and Kentucky Twine Mop Head


The Kentucky Mop has a much longer yarn and is stitched in the middle using a polyester band to secure the yarn fibres and maintain its shape. The polyester band can also have an abrasive texture to enable the removal of stubborn stains and dirt from the surface being cleaned.

They are particularly effective for cleaning large areas of flooring and can also be used for laying floor polish. They can only be used in conjunction with the appropriate mop wringer bucket.

Kentucky Multifold Mop: The Multifold is made from a combination yarn to create a very hard wearing mop ideal for heavy duty applications.

Kentucky Twine Mop Head: Thinner more durable yarn, for rougher areas and a more professional finish.


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