A CLEAN SWEEP
Here, Chicopee discusses how traditional cleaning materials are increasingly being made obsolete by more efficient, sustainable products.
As environmentally friendly cleaning materials continue to evolve, facility managers find themselves with a greater choice than ever at their fingertips.
No longer is the ‘green’ product desirable only for its sustainable qualities: now many are able to match or surpass the cleaning powers of traditional materials.
In the healthcare sector in particular, the importance of a rigorous cleaning routine has never been more evident. The prevention of healthcare acquired infections (HAIs) is a major priority for health services, and it is estimated that around one fifth of all such infections could be avoided through adopting an improved cleaning practice.
“Chicopee’s microfibre floor mop range teams a
disposable microfibre mop with a light, ergonomic mopping tool.”
While removing pathogens is clearly key to this process, some cleaning practices are something of a double- edged sword. Certain chemicals can cause both environmental pollution and health problems such as asthma and dermatitis for patients, while occasionally the cleaning procedures themselves could be the root of musculoskeletal problems for cleaning staff.
The introduction of microfibre to a cleaning regime can reduce or remove altogether the requirement for potentially harmful chemicals.
High quality microfibre cloths such as Chicopee’s Microfibre Light are able to remove then trap bacteria within its fibres, retaining the germs until the cloth is rinsed or discarded. The Microfibre Light can remove upto 99.99% of bacteria, while spreading 0% of pathogens onto the next surface to be cleaned.
Designed for short-term application, the cloth is simply discarded after use. At first glance, a disposable cloth may seem at odds with a sustainable regime; however, not only does this eradicate the danger of cross-contamination, it removes the need for laundry and its associated water use and chemicals.
21ST CENTURY FLOORCARE This method of ‘mechanical cleaning’ is also being applied to floorcare. Chicopee’s microfibre floor mop range teams a disposable microfibre mop with a light, ergonomic mopping tool suitable for use in place of traditional string mops.
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Other products in Chicopee’s disposables range include the ground-breaking J-Cloth Plus Biodegradable, the ultimate eco-friendly wipe.
As the name suggests, the wipe is both fully biodegradable and compostable, meeting all relevant DIN standards and carrying the seedling logo, granted by DIN-Certo, as proof of its green credentials.
Low quality disposable foodservice cloths are difficult to rinse thoroughly and keep clean, allowing odours to develop. This results in a high turnover rate, which in turn contributes to an increased amount of waste going to landfill.
The open, wavy texture of the J-Cloth Plus Biodegradable enables it to pick up dirt effectively, while remaining easy to rinse. This enables the wipe to stay fresh for longer but when it is time for it to be discarded, it is fully biodegradable and compostable.
Traditional mopping practices require a significant amount of water as well as the use of detergents. This often results in more liquid being released at the start of the process than at the end, resulting in an inconsistent clean.
A further drawback is that string mops tend to move dirt around on the surface rather than removing it, which increases the danger of germs being spread onto the next area to be cleaned.
Microfibre mops, like Chicopee’s Microfibre Light, are able to pick up and trap dirt and bacteria, holding it within the fibres of the mop until it is discarded.
The mops are designed for use with the Chicopee Fluid Mopping Tool which, in addition to being light and easy to manoeuvre, features a built-in reservoir, enabling the user to release cleaning fluid only when needed, reducing water and chemical consumption. The mops are able to clean up to 100m² with the liquid on board, allowing a much larger area to be cleaned than could be achieved with a traditional mop.
THE ULTIMATE GREEN CLEAN
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