Are you like me and think microfiber cloths are one of the best inventions for getting things clean since… I don’t know, bleach?
Simply said, “I love microfiber”!
There are several pros to using microfiber cloths for cleaning – and even a couple of cons we will discuss.
First, though, you should make sure you buy a high-quality microfiber. While you can get free microfiber cloths from a well know hardware company, they will not serve you as well as a high-quality, professional grade microfiber cloth.
I like purchasing from our local janitorial supply house – we use Superior Sanitary Supply in Oxnard, CA. Of course there are plenty of online sources – my favorite is Microfiber Wholesale. Keep in mind that many of these supply services may require minimum quantity purchases – but you shop at Costco, so you’re accustomed to buying in bulk!
When quality microfiber cloths are used, combined with water they are an effective and detergent free way to clean. I’m not a scientist, but I’m told that microfiber is positively charged and dirt is negatively charged – like a magnet, the dirt is drawn to the microfiber, removing it from hard surfaces. It’s documented that cleaning this way removes 97% of dirt and germs from surfaces. (read all the details in this Infection Control Today article)
Here at Caravel Cleaning Company, we use microfibers for many purposes. We utilize color coding to make it simple – and safe. Red is for toilets and the area around them, blue is for dusting, yellow is general purpose, green is for stainless steel, and so on. We have special microfiber cloths for polishing glass and mirrors. We also have fluffy microfiber covers that originally came with my floor steamer – we have found they work great for dusting walls and large, uneven surfaces. Flathead microfiber mops don’t require buckets of cleaning solution, and they are wonderful for cleaning everything from hard wood to laminate, tile to linoleum.
We’ve talked about the pluses of using microfiber cleaning cloths. They are efficient, effective, and come in a wide variety to accomplish many different tasks.
Now, we need to address the one potentially negative aspect of using microfiber cleaning cloths; they must be cared for properly. Mostly that requires you to wash (and dry) them separately from any other material – certainly cotton.
Wash with warm water (120-160 degrees) with a mild detergent. For extra precaution, you can add disinfecting solution during the final rinse. DO NOT use fabric softener or bleach.
To dry, either air dry or low temp – again, DO NOT use fabric softener sheets.
Because microfiber is aptly named, as each fiber is extremely small, 1/100th the diameter of a human hair to be exact, they can pick up a lot of dirt and dust. They can also pick up a lot of other things. If you find them covered with lint and hair, a few swipes with a lint roller will take care of that.
We hope you find keeping your home clean a bit easier with microfiber cleaning cloths – and if you still find it too much, let us know if we can help!
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