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In the know – about microfibre cleaning products
Thursday, January 18, 2018
In the first of a new series of know how blogs we share all you need to know about microfibre, with tips from our product expert Kelly Brierley.Though by no means a new product, the technology of microfibre cloth is advancing to continuously to meet the demands of today’s cleaning industry and the needs of end users.
While the physical components of the fibre are unlikely to change significantly in the future, new technologies are already making a difference. For example, the introduction of nano-enhanced microfibre cloths with components such as silver – the premise being that bacteria is unable to survive when exposed to silver meaning the risk of cross contamination is greatly reduced.
Microfibre is also the perfect partner for ECA (or electrochemically activated) cleaning systems such as Robert Scott’s Toucan range, which effectively cleans surfaces and protects them from bacterial infection using a non-toxic, environmentally-friendly and cost-effective solution of water and salt.
Microfibre does a fantastic job at quickly and effectively removing dirt and grease from a myriad of surfaces. However, there is still some confusion as to the exact properties and capabilities of the fibre and how best to capitalise on its many uses.
Microfibre cloths and mops have a completely different structure to classic woven cloths. They are made from composite synthetic fibres, which are much finer than other textiles so have more fibres per cloth. In addition, the individual microfibres are engineered to create a very large surface area per fibre and are naturally statically charged so that they have a strong suction effect. In other words, they collect as much dirt as possible in just one wipe, even from the smallest surface crevices inaccessible to conventional cloth fibres.
Designed to be used dry or damp, with your chosen solution – either water or chemical – microfibre cloths should not be used in situations where biocides would normally be considered essential. And bleach will degrade the microfibres so should be avoided.
Trials carried out have constantly indicated that microfibre woven cloths consistently outperform traditional cloths in terms of their ability to remove dirt, grease and bacteria from a variety of surfaces, making them an excellent product for both commercial and domestic cleaning.Top tips when considering microfibre products:
- They are extremely durable and highly resistant to tearing and snagging, so can be a more cost-effective cleaning cloth than traditional cloths and mops.
- They have a very low level of linting and short pile cloths leave no ‘fluffy’ deposits so work well on high gloss or reflective surfaces such as metal and mirrors.
- Microfibre cloths DO NOT perform well on old, damaged surfaces where fibres can become snagged in surface defects.
- Microfibre requires less water and chemicals making it cost-effective and beneficial to the environment. It is extremely absorbent, attracting seven times its own weight in liquid. They are easy to clean, quick to dry and can be washed many times over.
- Microfibre is also NOT suitable for cleaning up bodily fluids, or in environmentally sensitive areas where biocides are usually essential.
- Though microfibre doesn’t kill bacteria, it effectively lifts and removes 99.9% of anything that is on a surface.