Microfiber is a blend of two different materials; polyester and polyamide. Strands of microfiber are ultra-fine and measure out to 1/3 the diameter of cotton fibers, or 1/4 the diameter of wool fibers. This is what makes microfiber so soft. Join our Private Label Program!
What is a Microfiber Cloth?
Oftentimes they’re made of a blend of polyester and polyamide or nylon. In short, this means the cloths are made of plastic. The polyester and polyamide are combined in such a way that the fibers are split. When you use microfiber cloths for cleaning, you benefit from both of these factors.
The cloth is made by forcing the plastics through a tiny pipe and heating them so they weave together. These fused fibers are then split apart into microfibers 10–20 times smaller. Cloths describes as “microfiber” can vary widely in the size of the fibers they use and therefore in their cleaning effectiveness.
Wash in warm or hot water with mild detergent. No fabric softeners – they clog the open spaces in the microfiber, making the fabric useless. Be careful what you wash with your microfiber. Avoid anything made with cotton because the microfiber will grab on to the lint.
The porous nature of microfiber cloths means that they’re very absorbent and dry quickly. You need to launder your microfiber cloths regularly. Doing so not only ensures that you’re being hygienic, it makes your microfiber cloths last longer.
Key Advantages of Using Microfiber
Microfiber can be laundered and reused 400-500 times. Microfiber mops have more surface contact with the floor and remove more dirt than cotton mops do. Healthcare facilities have been quick to embrace microfiber cleaning. Using microfiber mops helps the facility comply with state law requirements.
Just using water and microfiber removes 98.9% of bacteria from smooth surfaces. The fibers absorb seven times their weight in water. Microfiber mops use about 10-20 times less liquid than standard cotton mops. Very few microfiber applications require the use of chemicals.
The effort of dipping and wringing a conventional mop is eliminated. As long as the used microfiber mop head is not put back in the cleaning solution, the user does not have to change the solution. Microfiber mops weigh significantly less than conventional wet cotton loop mops, making them more ergonomic.
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