Many cleaning companies are transitioning into using microfiber material for all its cleaning apparatuses and accessories, including cleaning cloths and wet or dry mops. Such a transition usually aligns with the company's philosophy of innovation and/or taking care of the environment with a truly green or ecological solution for its cleaning programs. With that said, why should you, the customer, switch to microfiber as well? What's in it for you and your cleaning needs?
Why Companies and Customers Are Switching to Microfiber
- Outlining What Microfiber Is Exactly: Microfiber is a combination of nylon and polyester used to make a fabric with threads thinner than the human hair and finer than silk. When these fibers are woven together, they make a net-like surface that's excellent in catching moisture, debris, and dirt. What does it mean for people who clean? Plenty.
- The Limits of Cotton versus Microfiber Versatility: For example, a cotton rag has limits in dirt and water absorption. When those limits are met, it usually results in streaks of dirt when you wipe the cloth over surfaces. Microfiber, on the other hand, can absorb more water and dirt, resulting in streak-free cleaning for the longest time. It dries your freshly washed car quickly. It buffers a waxed vehicle without streaks as well.
- Microfiber Cleans Longer and Cleaner: Mops with microfiber also last longer when mopping your home. You don't have to dip and clean your mop head so soon with a microfiber mop head around. Furthermore, the nylon in microfiber is excellent in pulling the dirt thanks to its static charge as well. The trapped dirt is easily washed away too, so the fiber lasts longer than your typical paper towel.
- The Superior Cleaning Material: Simply put, microfiber is the superior cleaning material. It has fibers that absorb 7 times their weight in water or any liquid really. With just a wet microfiber cloth, you can remove 98.9 percent bacteria from surfaces that are smooth. It's also long-lasting and hard-wearing because you can wash it in the laundry for 400-500 times. You can also dry the fabric at ⅓ the time you can dry traditional cloths.
- The Drawbacks of Microfiber: You can't clean microfiber with bleach or fabric softener. You should also dry it with low or no heat because drying it with high heat (like in the case of sun drying with direct exposure to the sun) can lead to the thin threads melting together, forming material resembling cardboard. This also renders your microfiber unusable. You should be careful when washing your microfiber cloth or mop.