One of the major components of effective green cleaning is the use of microfiber cloths in cleaning. Made simple, microfiber cloth captures dust more effectively than cotton. Microfiber is made from recycled material and the life of the cloth is significantly longer than standard cotton dusting cloths. This article offers more details if you are interested. Remember that microfiber cloths are available in many local stores and clean stainless steal very well with only vinegar water, so read on…
Understanding Microfiber Technology
What is Microfiber?
Microfiber is a synthetic fiber made up of a blend of polyester and polyamide or nylon. Microfiber is made from recycled products, hence, reducing the dependence on oil-based products. The polyester and nylon are bundled together to form a strand that is split into ultra-fine single fibers, approximately one-sixteenth the diameter of a human hair.
When woven together to form microfiber, these strand create a surface area covered with millions of spaces between the fibers to trap moisture, dirt, and bacteria. The millions of fibers rubbing together produce a static charge that attracts dirt, pulling it in and trapping it until the cloth is washed.
Green Clean uses microfiber cloths for surface cleaning – countertops, furniture and hardwood and tiled floors. When dampened with a cleaning solution such as vinegar water, microfibers are even more effective in lifting spills and smudges from surfaces.
Benefits of Microfiber Use
Because of the efficiency of microfiber in attracting and trapping dirt and bacteria, many healthcare facilities have embraced this technology. Microfiber cloths clean better than their cotton counterparts. The result is a cleaner environment. Cotton cloths tend to fray and shed cotton particles, potentially causing respiratory problems in young children and compromised elderly.
Care and Life Expectancy
If cared for properly, microfiber can be laundered anywhere from 100 to 500 times. According to some manufacturers, the microfiber cloth itself will fall apart long before the microfiber becomes ineffective. Because of its technology, microfiber will clean more effectively when used dry than traditional products do when using cleaning solutions. When the use of cleaning solutions is required, the microfiber cloth should be dampened, not wet. Too much water or solution will fill the spaces that are designed to attract and hold the dirt.
Laundering microfiber is not much different that washing other cleaning cloths. While washing, steer clear of harsh bleaches which will break down the fibers and hinder the microfiber’s effectiveness. Microfiber should be washed in temperatures that do not exceed 200° F. Microfiber should be dried between 130 and 140°, max. Avoid washing microfiber cloths with cloths that are prone to lint. The microfiber will continue to ‘work’ in the laundry and will collect that lint, making the cloth less effective. Fabric softener has a similar effect. Softeners also reduce the static charge that makes microfiber effective.
Cost of Microfiber
The actual cost of the cloths may be slightly more than traditional cotton cloths. However, microfiber cloths are less expensive when the cost over time (life-cycle savings), the reduction in the use of cleaning solutions and water, and savings in laundering are considered. The benefits of a cleaner and greener home can offset the initial cost of acquiring microfiber cloths and products for home cleaning.
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