Microfibre vs Traditional Mops, Cloths and Wipes

Mops, cloths and microfibre products galore!

You have probably been trying to figure out whether to change to microfibre products for a little while and wondering what the benefits are. This article will take you the positive and negatives of microfibre and compare it to the traditional cloths and mops on the market currently.

What is microfibre?

Microfibre Cloth under a microscope

A mixture of polyester and polyamide made into fibres with a strand thickness less than silk. The combination of synthetic fibres gives it a variety of properties including water absorption (holding several times its weight), toughness and static charge (helpful when lifting dust). Microfibre products are available in a range of formats including multi-purpose cloths, window cloths and all-purpose mops. They can be produced in a variety of colours to help with colour-coded cleaning regimes.

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

 All pupose microfibre cloths

In brief traditional products such as dishcloths and cotton mops rely on a chemical solution to remove dirt and bacteria, a practice that has proven both effective and convenient. However, there is an argument that using a traditional method of mopping or wiping encourages the cleaner to cross-contaminate, i.e. dip - reuse, dip - reuse. This practice spoils the water, increasing the chances of spreading germs and preventing an effective clean.

Due to their construction, Microfibre cloths trap dust and dirt more efficiently than traditional fabrics. 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, which scrape the surface and capture any bugs or bacteria on the surface. Microfibre doesn't kill bacteria, but it effectively lifts and removes 99.9% of anything that is on a surface. Microfibre products rely on a laundry wash to kill and remove any bugs/bacteria caught in the microfibre network of densely populated fibres. This way of cleaning ensures no cross-contamination. Because the products can be washed and reused many times, it becomes much more cost-effective than traditional cleaning product lines. This property also reduces allergen improving the indoor air quality and environment of an office or school.

In use, microfibre requires less water and chemicals, making it cost-effective and beneficial to the environment. However, do ask to see technical and test data as retail equivalents are not as robust or as effective when dealing with bacteria in healthcare and industrial environments.

Some manufacturers are producing a range of nanosilver microfibre products. The concept being bacteria is not able to survive in silver exposure; therefore, surface-to-surface cross-contamination is negligible.

However, please do not discount the value of traditional cleaning mops and wipes as they still have a role to play in any hygiene orientated organisation. They can tackle the issues microfibre products can't readily deal with, e.g. Traditional mops handle large spillages better because the mops are easy to wring out. For heavy-duty cleaning, a large mop such as a Kentucky makes the task easier.

An industrial laundry system will give you longterm value for microfibre; however, this isn't always a viable option. Buying extensive microfibre systems, such as trolleys, mops and cloths etc. can require a large initial outlay. For some tasks, it is necessary to use cleaner disinfectants, and this can dramatically reduce the life span of microfibre cloth. The same goes for Fabric Softener, never use it when washing microfibre.

So what is available? Wray Bros supplies a range of microfibre cleaning supplies including:

Exel Micro Supercloth: Suitable for all surfaces, the Supercloth is a high-performance microfibre cleaning cloth that works hard collecting dirt. Available in four colours.

Microtex Cleaning Cloth: These microfibre cloths have thousands of tiny, microscopic fibres that actively clean up dirt and grease, keeping it locked into the fabric until rinsed with water. As a result, they clean and dry without smearing and prevent the release of dirt back onto the cleaned surface. The cloths are made with a lighter 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 onboard liquid dispenser, foot or hand operated, ensures that the mop head can be maintained in a damp condition at all times, allowing the cleaning of larger surfaces without the use of a bucket.

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