The Benefits of Microfiber Cloths

 

Many janitorial companies have adopted the use of microfiber cleaning cloths. McLemore finds using microfiber cloths the most efficient for our cleaning routine. Not only are they better for the environment, but they have many other benefits as well. They are very absorbent, durable, and have no lint.

Microfiber is a synthetic material split into very thin fibers for cleaning purposes. These fibers are 200 times thinner than human hair. This makes them much more absorbent. They can absorb seven times their weight in water.

Microfiber cloths dry fast, making it hard for bacteria to grow on them. Compared to cotton, they last a lot longer. They can be washed up to a thousand times before losing their effectiveness.

Microfiber is also 100% lint-free. They do not leave residue, smudges, or scratches on delicate surfaces.

Commercial cleaning companies can use microfiber cloths for almost every cleaning task. This includes surfaces, floors, windows, and dusting.

  • Surfaces: They work great for surfaces such as counters and desks because they pick up more dust and dirt than most cloths. They can also be used with cleaning and disinfection solutions.
  • Floors: McLemore utilizes a bucket-less mopping system with microfiber cloths. Our bucket-less mopping system reduces so much for our janitorial services. It reduces water consumption, excess chemicals emptied into drain systems, drying times, and associated risk and user fatigue. They are much lighter than cotton, which helps save staff from neck and back injuries from heavy, water-soaked cotton mops.
  • Windows: Microfiber cloths work great for windows because you do not need to use a window cleaner solution. All you need is water and a microfiber towel; they will clean and de-streak all windows.
  • Dusting: The static felt when touching microfiber makes microfiber do what it does. The fibers have a positive charge, and dust has a negative charge. Dirt and dust particles are attracted to the microfiber and are not spread around the surface like traditional mopping equipment.

 

An essential use of microfiber towels for McLemore is to prevent cross-contamination. Our color-coded system stops the spreading of germs around facilities. We use different colors for restrooms, windows, and general cleaning. Using designated cloths to clean your bathrooms is essential so you are not tracking bacteria to the rest of your facility.

Since microfiber cloths are so absorbent and attract dirt and dust easily, it is crucial that you clean them after every use. You should also wash them separately from all other laundry. Its positive charge will attract dirt, hair, and lint from other laundry.

It is also essential to avoid using fabric softener and bleach when cleaning these cloths. Fabric softeners contain oils that will clog up the microfibers, making them less effective. Since they dry fast, it will shorten your laundry cycle.

Microfiber Cloths trap and lock dust, preventing contaminants from becoming airborne and avoiding cross-contamination. McLemore’s color-coded cleaning system quickly identifies general cleaning supplies from restroom cleaning or streak-free surfaces like glass and windows. Cross-contamination prevention is one reason we utilize a bucket-less mopping system with frequently changed and color-coded microfiber pads.

Contact us today to see how McLemore Building Maintenance will use microfiber cloths to clean your facility!

Resources

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