Has anyone used microfiber cleaning cloths? Can they really clean everything or do they have their limits.
They are fantastic in reducing waste, chemical consumption and lowering costs all while performing in outstanding fashion.
We carry micro fiber cloths, mopheads and other materials at our online store: www.icasupplycentral.com What makes ours unique is they are manufactured by a company called Algoma Mop which is owned and operated by a large group of challenged individuals and all the money they make goes straight to these individuals to asist them in their housing, medical and living needs. It's a great way to get great products and give something back too!
I have converted four of my building to micro fiber, in the begining I was the biggest sceptic, but I now feel that it is the best way to clean.
I work for an affirmative action employer, supervising both mentally ill staff and "civilians". The color coded microfiber cloths have been invaluable in preventing cross contamination. All staff members understand that red is for restrooms, green is for all purpose, white is for polishing, windows, mirrors. We have found that microfiber cloths have a lot more longevity that terry cloth rags. The cloths we use are from two different sources but both have the same properties. They do pick up and hold more dirt and debris. Ditto for the dust mop and wet mop microfiber pads. I'm totally sold on microfiber and use it at all of our sites. Microfiber does require special laundering techniques: warm (not hot) water, no bleach, no softener; warm (not hot) dryer. They must be washed before use to release the microscopic barbs that do the job.
In reply to Scott De Vere:
I do believe that they have their limits. For example: It is my belief that Microfiber absorbs a lot of moisture. Therefore it would seem that if you were cleaning with a disinfectant or a polish that the towel may remove more than you would want it to. I know my son bowls. It is recommended that when polishing the balls that you do not use microfiber but instead a terry cloth towel. The reason is that you do not want to remove the polish. Hope that makes sinse.
I was also once told that there are different qualities of the microfiber towel. I was told that sometimes the colors represent the different qualities.So with that understanding I have noticed that there are cheap microfiber towels and expensive ones. Makes sinse then that one may be better than another. I look for microfiber to be like washing detergent. In the near future there will probably be a new and improved version.
We use microfiber towels. They work great for the most part. Sometimes we can just wipe with a damp towel and other times requires stronger cleaners such as degreaser. We have had problems with some mirrors and windows that seem to have a film on them. The microfiber did not remove the file but instead left it very noticable. Where as we did them with multifold white towels that did a much better job on the problem area we were working with.
Cloths are great, the issue on quality of the cloth is right on target. We order 8 cloths a year for each of our 293 custodial employees. Launder weekly and have each employee rinse in quat, wring and dry each night for use the following day.
Micr-fiber dust mops - tried 2 years ago and returned to electro-static. Could not get the micro-fibers to stay on the mop head and their one dimensional design, at least at the time I tried them, limited the amount of dust and debris that they could hold. I stay with and will stay with electro-static for their conventional dust mop design, ability to hold dust and debris, washability and unlike coventional oiled (treated) dust mops do not leave a residue on vct, terrazo and the like over time. Most finish makers don't want you to use treated mops.
In my current position with 40 + schools, we eliminated a $ 120,000.00 dust mop contract, put in electro-static dust mops for 10,000.00 a year and use the savings to put large area cleaning equipment into all of our facilites - ie. auto-scrubber/sweeper vacuums/self propelled extractors.
In reply to Kevin:
Microfiber Wet Mops: I have found that my customers who use microfiber have reduced their use of my disinfectant by 1/3 to 1/2. Not so good for my pocket book but good for theirs.
Consider a microfiber alternative to the flat microfiber mop. MedWaste Solutions also carries a microfiber string mop for those large spill cleanups.
For dusting larger areas (hallways, lunch rooms, gym floors) consider a microfiber duster that slips over a wire frame and can be as long as 48". This will hold more dust and debris and still give you the advantages of the microfiber. Since microfiber catches and holds dust, dirt and bacteria better than the conventional cotton, please look at your laundry procedures. You might have to double rinse to get the detergent out of the mop.
Just a little more on what has already been written. For the most part, using wet microfiber cloths should eliminate any need for any chemicals ( except for the restroom ) as they sanitize to 99%. The cost on high quality microfibers have fallen dramatically and now can be washed with bleach and stand up to 700 wash cycles. Goodbye terry towels! The new micro fiber mops are so far superior to older ones that it is worth looking into again. In smaller bathrooms they really can't be beat.
We only use micro fiber. I don't see any limits other than you need to know how to wash them and we do not use them with any oil product. They can be very inexpensive if you shop around and buy in bulk.
In reply to Dan Johnson:
Since microfiber picks up so much dirt so fast, they must be rinsed thoroughly or use a new cloth when cleaning windows and mirrors. Otherwise once they are loaded, they will only smear the dirt, otherwise there is nothing better to clean windows and mirrors than microfiber.
We use microfiber clothes in our residential cleaning business. They are not all created equal. The yellow ones from Costco clean everything except mirrors and glass. We have found that they leave little particles behind. For glass and mirrors we find that the more expensive clothes are required. Our saying is "use any color but yellow" when cleaning glass.
In addition to cleaning with them we create what we call "duster bunnys" also known as "booboo bunnies" and give them as marketing give aways. We sew a tag that identifies it as one of ours with our company name, phone #, and address.
Prospects love them.
In reply to Geri Hess:
I have to agree with you,. Yellow ones from Costco leaves particule behind in mirror and glass.I tought it was me, the way I was washing then, but no, it is the cloth itself.
Now the question remain. How do you know if a microfiber is of high quality?and How to clean them properly.
In reply to Jacques Bernier:
I don't know if you have received any answers to the questions you have asked about microfibre but if you navigate to my profile I have some files posted that may be helpful to you.
Please also feel free to contact our representative in Quebec:
Jean-Francois GarneauAtlas Graham Industries156 rue des AmandiersSte-Therese, QC J7E 5S7Tel 514-297-0444Fax 450-420-2280
Please also feel free to contact either myself or Kathleen Rodrigue from our company via this site. Kathleen also has a profile in this group.
PS - I think my first reply may have been posted to somebody else's question so I am retrying. In any case I hope this helps. - JG
I rarely use microfiber cleaning cloths. The few that I do have, I mainly use for cleaning and touching up windows. I do use microfiber mop heads most of the time. They work the best for ceramic tile floors and for wood floors, but do work well on all flooring surfaces
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