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Microfibre - revolutionary or reasonable?


Tomorrow’s Cleaning Editor, Charlotte Taylor, assesses whether microfibre really is the future, or just another flash in the pan...


You may have seen that the pages of Tomorrow’s Cleaning are filled with the latest cleaning industry innovations and products, but recently, it’s microfibre that has taken the world by storm, despite being around for a few years now.


The reason for this spark of interest is that, finally, the industry is learning just how to apply the product, and therefore get the best results out of it. But still, the common question, even now, when it comes to microfibre is this: How does it work?


Many of us observe microfibre in action and see what appears to be a lowly wiping cloth, being used solely with good old H₂0. It’s baffling, considering that we still live in a world where chemicals and, more increasingly, biological, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions, are king.


Some microfibre cloths have been proven to remove 99.99% of micro organisms when used with water alone. The cloths are simply dampened prior to use and any particles on the surface are removed because they are captured by the woven material through a combination of static attraction and capillary action.


So what do you think? A recent survey, on the AHCP website (www.ahcp.co.uk), reported that 65% of respondents felt that microfibre had made the greatest contribution to improving healthcare hygiene in the last five years. So I decided to


take microfibre to the industry itself and ask the members of The Cleaning Industry LinkedIn Group, here are some of the comments:


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“Here in the United States people are finally seeing the benefit of microfibre in the dusting they do and how they can use it to clean with minimal cleaning solution. Interestingly, the easiest buy in has been from the cleaning staff, they understand that by using a microfibre to dust,means that they can capture the dust, rather than move it around.”


“I have been using microfibre in a Business and Industry environment for the last 18 months. Used and laundered correctly the financial benefits are massive, and it complements daytime cleaning, which is another win. Also, finally the commercial washer industry are begininng to take notice and making washers solely for the purpose of microfibre washing which are cheaper than traditional commercial washers.”


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“They are such a great invention - and if we can provide eco services to clients' that meets standards then that's a plus. Also, ensuring the people that use them are protected from using nasty chemicals is even more important. When I helped a cleaning firms years ago the chemicals being used melted the gloves! Not nice, not safe and not condusive to a safe working environment!”


Interesting story! I learnt, from chatting with one industry individual, that microfibre used in hospitals was causing patients to worry as, for as far as they could see, cleaning operatives were using what appeared to be just a "standard cloth" to wipe down surfaces, without the use of any chemicals. In the end, staff had to resort to carrying a spray caddy of water posing as chemicals, which acted as a placebo and gave residents peace of mind. It's a fantastic example of how little the general public knows about microfibre and its uses. And they aren't alone, many of those involved in the industry are unsure of the benefits too.


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