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Understanding Microfiber Cleaning Tools

microfiber_rag_shutterstock_664613347Microfiber products have come a long way since their introduction in the 1950s.  Microfiber cloths are now available in many colors and sizes and can be found in the form of mops, sweepers and hi-dusters.  They are economical, reusable and play a major part in green cleaning initiatives. 

About Microfiber Products

Microfiber products are primarily made of polyester and are much more durable than the cotton rags traditionally used for cleaning.  They can be laundered over 200 times before losing effectiveness, lasting up to 10 times longer than cotton rags.  They won’t scratch surfaces or leave lint behind.    

Microfiber products have an incredible ability to pick up and trap dirt combined with superior absorbency – the fibers can absorb as much as seven times their weight in soil or liquid.  Microfiber products have a system of hook-like claws that scrape, lift and trap dirt and dust unlike traditional rags that push dirt and rely on cleaning chemicals to do the work.   

Many surfaces can be cleaned by just using microfiber products and water however it is important to understand that microfiber products minimize the use of chemicals but they do not eliminate them.  All purpose, glass cleaners, degreasers and disinfectants may be required to clean and disinfect surfaces properly and effectively, especially in schools and hospitals.  

Do not use one microfiber product to clean an entire room.  A heavily soiled microfiber cloth can redeposit Microfiber_duster_shutterstock_763298374microorganisms back onto a surface.  To maximize the cleaning surfaces on a single microfiber cloth, it should be folded into quarters and refolded after each wiping motion.  Additionally, using different colored cloths to clean specific areas reduces cross-contamination.  For example, use green cloths for restrooms and yellow for kitchen areas.  Be sure to read labels carefully when purchasing microfiber products to ensure they don’t contain triclosan or other synthetic antimicrobial agents.       


Microfiber cloths collect dirt quickly and should be laundered after each use.  Wash with a little detergent and never use fabric softeners or bleach.  Hang to dry or put in a dryer set at low heat or air fluff. 


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