The Perfect Combination

The experts from professional cleaning materials

brand Chicopee discuss how a complementary floor cleaning routine can deliver better hygiene within care facilities.

Keeping surfaces and floors clean should be a priority for all companies and organisations. The traditional and still most common cleaning technique remains as wet mopping. Whilst on the surface this may seem like a satisfactory solution, research suggests that a combination method of wet cleaning together with dry mopping can in fact deliver the best cleaning results.


Of all the dirt which accumulates in buildings, a large proportion of it is dust. What might seem like an innocuous substance, dust can actually be very dangerous to human health, as it is a breeding ground for bacteria growth. It may even contain a variety of toxic chemicals, such as phthalates, volatile organic compounds, flame retardants and heavy metals. As such, reducing exposure to dust in buildings is critical, particularly in sensitive environments such as hospital wards and clean rooms.

Another major concern for healthcare environments is the spread of bacteria. Bacteria need moist, warm environments to grow, very similar to those provided by traditional wet mopping. Research has identified that wet mopping can actually stimulate the development of micro-organisms, including MRSA, because they feed on dust.

As it’s oſten not possible to use electronic cleaning tools in many public areas, particularly during the day, it can be difficult to keep dust and dirt under control. Compounding the issue is the fact that traditional cotton floor cloths and mops can contain contaminants – even aſter laundering or rinsing – spreading it onto the next surface and causing cross- contamination.

Dry dust mopping offers a simple solution, as it can reduce allergens and bacteria build-up and, because the products used are disposable, there is no risk of cross-contamination.


Chicopee offers a range of cleaning solutions, including Stretch ’n Dust Light floor mops, which are ideal for hygiene-critical areas where electronic machine cleaning is not possible.

The distinctive orange Stretch ‘n Dust Light mops boast a number of benefits. Thanks to the unique oil impregnation and stretch technology, they create a 3D structure that picks up and holds dust, dirt and hair in the wipe, reducing the risk of cross-contamination, as they can be easily disposed of

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aſter use. Additionally, they are made with fibre from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests to ensure minimal environmental impact and a healthier way of cleaning.

The versatile floor mops, which can be used together with the ergonomically-designed Chicopee Extension Handle or with all leading flat mop systems, can be used on a variety of surfaces and not simply floors.


Complementing Chicopee’s dry dust mopping solution is a range of Microfibre Floor Mops, which are designed for use with the Chicopee Fluid Mopping System and can be used dry or damp.

Made for short-term use, the mops act like a magnet by trapping dirt and bacteria. With one product, you can first dry dust and dispose of the mop, then use a fresh mop with the removable reservoir that can hold up to 620ml of cleaning solution; the user simply pulls the ergonomic trigger to release liquid as they clean. This ensures only the required amount of liquid is used, which enables damp floor mopping as opposed to wet floor mopping.

The reduction in liquid not only results in up to 80% less water being used, but also chemical consumption is lowered. In addition, cleaning effectiveness is enhanced and time spent on the task in hand is reduced, delivering both cost savings and environmental benefits.

Combining dry and wet mopping will improve hygiene standards by ensuring dirt and bacteria are removed from surfaces along with the risks of cross contamination.

James Taylor, Marketing Director EMEIA – Specialties at BerryGlobal, said: “Traditional cleaning methods frequently fail to deliver the best performance, both in terms of cleaning and hygiene control. Dry dust mopping is a vital step in the cleaning process, and combining it with wet mopping is not only best practice, but will ensure the health and wellbeing, whether you are operating in a critical care environment, care facility or clean room.” dust

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