Why Clean with Microfiber?

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Superior cleaning power.

Composed of synthetic fibers split many times finer than human hair, microfiber has a cleaning power unsurpassed by any other reusable or disposable towel. Its densely packed, tiny fibers can work their way into surface cracks and crevices to pick up microbes and microscopic particles cotton and other synthetic fibers leave behind, making it ideal for cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic, high-risk areas in any facility. In fact, microfiber has proven to be more than 3 times more effective at reducing bacteria than cotton fiber, removing 99% of bacteria compared to cotton's 30%.i

Reduced labor and supply cost.

Microfiber cloths and cleaning tools are so effective at capturing and removing bacteria that cleaning staff can clean more area in less time, helping reduce overall labor cost. Additionally, cleaning with microfibers requires significantly less cleaning chemicals and water than cleaning with conventional fibers – 95% less, according to a study conducted at the UC Davis Medical Center.ii Their unparalleled efficacy means that cleaning staff can clean better, faster. Additionally, microfiber products last far longer than their conventional fiber counterparts, reducing replenishment frequency and overall supply spend.

Improved infection control.

Microfiber cloths and tools remove the risk of cross-contamination when used as part of a color-coded cleaning program. Pairing each color with a different area within a facility prevents the transfer of bacteria between rooms, significantly reducing the spread of infection. A sample system for color-coding is outlined here:

  • Red: Best for restrooms and high-risk areas. Use red microfiber cloths to clean sanitary product receptacles, toilets, and urinals. Use red microfiber mops on restroom floors.
  • Yellow: Yellow microfiber cloths are appropriate for other restroom surfaces, including sinks, towel dispensers, hand dryers, soap dispensers, door handles, and walls.
  • Green: Use green microfiber for general food and bar cleanup. Use green cloths and mops in non-preparatory food areas, such as lunchrooms. Note: Food prep areas have their own standards through the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) system.iii
  • Blue: Reserve blue microfiber cloths and mops for general low-risk areas, including common areas, offices, and classrooms.
  • Additional colors are available to support your facility's cleaning regimen.

Additional benefits:

  • Virtually lint-free. Microfibers are perfect for cleaning glass, stainless steel surfaces, specialty equipment, vehicles, and other surfaces that attract dust and lint.
  • Less risk of staff injury. Microfiber's drastic reduction of cleaning solution lessens the weight of cleaning carts and buckets custodians must transport when cleaning a facility, minimizing the risk of stress-related injuries.
  • Can be machine-washed 500 times or more. NOTE: Always launder microfiber products separately from other types of fibers, and only with detergent free of bleach and fabric softener.

Related Articles:

i Environmental Protection Agency (2002, November). Using Microfiber Mops in Hospitals, Environmental Best Practices for Health Care Facilities. Retrieved from https://www3.epa.gov/region9/waste/p2/projects/hospital/mops.pdf
ii UC Davis pioneers use of microfiber mops in hospitals. (2006, June 23). Retrieved from http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/2379
iii National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods. (1997, August 14). HACCP Principles & Application Guidelines (1997, August 14). Available at https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/HACCP/ucm2006801.htm