These days cleaning options are endless, however, most people are looking to clean quickly and effectively. Having a good chemical will neutralized the bacteria but what are you using to actually clean up the leftover mess? The best product for cost is microfiber cloths. They adsorb more, grabs more, and last longer for the price it’s one of the greatest cleaning fabrics to have in any janitorial closet.
What is microfiber?
Microfiber is a synthetic material, or split microfiber when used on cloth. Microfiber towels are made of a blend of polyester and polyamide. (Microfiber is defined as a fiber that is 1 denier or less. Denier is a measurement of fineness equal to a unit of fiber that weighs one gram for each 9000 meters). Split microfiber is 200 times thinner than a single human hair. These “thin split” microfibers allows the material to be extremely absorbent (removing large quantities of microbes). A microfiber cloth can typically absorb seven times its weight in water, which is four times more than a standard cotton rag. At only are they absorbent, they are positively charged, which attracts negatively charged dirt and grease.
What can a Microfiber Clean?
Dusting: The positively charged, split microfiber works similar to magnet on dust particles. The microfiber traps the debris and dust inside the split microfiber.
Surfaces: Use microfiber for cleaning almost all hard surfaces, wood, tile, kitchen counters, stainless steel and stovetops. The tiny fibers pick up more dirt and food residue than other fabric cloths. They absorb spills on carpets and rugs.
Floors: Microfiber mop heads are lightweight and much easier to wring out, which results in a cleaner floor with much less water left on the floor to dry.
Windows: Since microfiber towels can hold up to 7x their own weight in liquid, there is nothing left to streak the surface. With microfiber, only the cloth and water is necessary to clean and de-streak windows.
Bonus Cleaning with Microfiber
• Removing streaks on glass and stainless steel
• Scrubbing bathrooms
• Cleaning appliances
• Wiping down kitchen counters
• Car interiors and exteriors
• Anywhere you would normally use a paper towel or cloth towel.
Not all Microfiber Towels are Made Equally
If cleaning quickly and effectively is the goal purchasing high quality microfiber cleaning towels is a must. Microfiber cloths and mops are available in grocery stores, hardware stores, big box stores and online. Prices range from cheap ($1.00 or less, especially when bought in bulk) to mid-range ($3.00 – $5.00). There are differences in quality and durability. Higher priced cloths usually have smaller fibers and pick up more dirt and dust, but even the cheap ones get good results. When purchasing a microfiber towel, all you really need to consider are these three aspects:
1. How well does it dry? How absorbent is the towel? Higher quality towels should dry and clean up spills quickly.
2. How well does it pick up dirt and dust? You want to make sure your microfiber towels have a "grippy" feel. The more "grippy" feel of the towel, the more dirt, dust, water, and even bacteria it will pick up.
3. How long will last? The more a microfiber towel weighs, the more microfiber it has.