Microfibre: The Answer To Effective Low-Toxin Home Cleaning

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(Newswire.net — February 07, 2013) London, UK — Microfibre, cleaning industry experts say, is the best solution to a common dilemma faced by those who have the goal of achieving a clean, healthy home. On one hand, bacteria, germs and mold need to be eliminated by thorough cleaning as a means of reducing disease transmission. On the other hand, using chemical cleaners, while effective for killing bacteria, can also be a health hazard in its own right, contributing to the toxic load of homes and buildings. However, microfibre is a comparatively new technology that combines low toxicity with effective cleaning.

Microfibre cleans by removing dirt, grime, grease and bacteria mechanically rather than by using chemicals. The tiny fibres of a microfibre cloth are designed to get into the microscopic cracks and crevices that are invisible to the naked eye which provide a source of food and shelter to pathogens. The only “solvent” used with microfibre is water. “Water is the closest thing we have to a universal solvent,” said a representative from CarpetFirst, a London-based cleaning company. “All that some of those fancy cleaning chemicals do is to make water ‘wetter’ and help it float the dirt away with a bit less elbow grease.” The rest of the work is done by scouring, which is carried out by fine “hairs” in the cloth.

Microfibre cloths are widespread and many individuals as well as cleaning companies have discovered the effectiveness of using these for home cleaning and office cleaning. However, microfibre mops are gaining in popularity and may even take over from the traditional string mop in the inventory of a professional cleaner or janitor. “Microfibre mops last longer,” said the CarpetFirst representative. “The old string mops could be washed about 40 or 50 times before they needed to be replaced, but the microfibre heads are designed to be washed hundreds of times.” This has contributed to another factor in the popularity of microfibre mops and cloths, especially for larger offices or for professional cleaning companies: that of cost-effectiveness. As microfibre mop heads need replacing less often, this means lower costs in the long run, in spite of the greater initial outlay in purchasing a microfibre mop. “And don’t forget the cost of chemicals,” said the CarpetFirst representative. “Microfibre mops just use a bit of warm water to get a floor perfectly clean. With a cotton string mop, you need buckets of detergent or industrial strength floor cleaner. That’s another saving right there.”

Furthermore, as microfibre mops need less warm water to clean effectively, this lowers the carbon footprint of cleaning greatly, in contrast to the large amounts of warm or hot water needed with a traditional string mop.

When asked whether the cotton mop would ultimately go the way of other Victorian cleaning equipment, the CarpetFirst representative had a surprising response. “I don’t think so. While they might not be as good at general cleaning as microfibre mops, they are much more absorbent. If you need to deal with a liquid spill, the cotton string mop gets it up so much more quickly. It’s a case of using the right tool for the job.”

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