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stock. Given that this is likely to be a continued way of cleaning for the coming months, or even years, the use of pre-saturated wipes could prove a high-cost solution.


For surfaces that are customarily cleaned with spray-and- wipe systems, the improved dwell time of SUDS releases the maximum amount of cleaning chemical across the surface for an optimum cleaning performance. This encourages better cleaning behaviour when compared to spray and wipe systems, where chemicals are oſten wiped off the surface with paper towels or cloths too soon.


The ability to cost-effectively create tailored solutions to exactly fit precise cleaning needs also offers an increased degree of flexibility for the care home sector. A more economical choice when compared to purchasing varying pre- saturated wipes, cleaning professionals can simply add their own chemical of choice to the dispenser bucket and wiper roll to instantly create different high-performing impregnated wipes for various areas. Such a degree of flexibility is an essential requirement for cleaning teams operating under budgetary restraints.


What’s more, all this can be achieved with a choice between Chicopee’s patented Microfibre 4F fabric- a composite that is great for one-step cleaning with similar cloth-like properties- or the SUDS Applicator Wipe that allows longer dwell times and higher liquid release for pure disinfection or sanitisation purposes.


Additionally, should a chemical being used be already compliant, there is no need for additional approval.


DISPOSABLE VS RE-USABLE


As care homes become more considerate of their environmental impact, the ecological balance of cleaning solutions is becoming an increasingly important influence.


It is in this regard that the effectiveness of disposable materials for cleaning surfaces can be highly beneficial, particularly when compared to re-useable equivalents. Not only can they markedly aid improvements in infection control management and cross-contamination prevention, but also eradicate time-consuming and high carbon emission emitting laundering processes.


For larger care home environments, in particular, there remains a common misconception that the waste cycle of the disposable solutions is a much heavier burden on the environment compared to washing microfibre products.


However, what many organisations fail to consider is the considerable impact of the laundering process required to maintain the performance and cleanliness of re-usable materials.


Over the life cycle of a typical washable cloth and mop, a total of 0.8KwH energy is consumed per wash and 1.6KwH per tumble dry cycle (2.4KwH total). Given that each reusable cloth/mop is used 200 times on average over a period of three months, a total of 480KwH would be consumed over the average product life cycle.


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To put this into perspective, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), such consumption produces 0.339 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent to 842 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle or CO2 emissions from 38.2 gallons of gasoline consumed.


Innovative disposable solutions, such as Chicopee’s Microfibre Light cloth ¬– winner of the prestigious Tomorrow’s Care Awards 2019 – utilise disposable microfibre materials to eradicate high-carbon-producing laundering processes. This not only presents a considerable reduction in the environmental impact of cleaning practices, but can also deliver up to a 48% cost saving compared to re-usable equivalents, according to internal studies.


DISPOSING OF BACTERIA


The benefit of opting for a single-use microfibre alternative, should not be underestimated. Indeed, the capabilities of such solutions to deliver the same microbial removal as re- usable microfibre products without the risks associated with laundering such products, makes them an ideal solution for the care home sector.


Independent testing carried out under simulated cleaning conditions at University College London Hospitals recently revealed that the number of harmful organisms present in disposable cleaning materials was consistently lower when compared to pristine and laundered counterparts.


By significantly reducing the risk of pathogen transmission, including MRSA, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii and C. difficile spores, infection control rates have been found to be substantially higher than re-usable options.


Similarly, tests on microbial contamination in disposable microfibre, mops have also recorded no relevant contamination while spore-forming bacteria were recovered from both pristine and laundered microfibre cloths and mop heads used for cleaning hospital rooms.


To find out more about how Chicopee’s Microfibre solutions can support the care home sector, please contact: specialties@berryglobal.com or visit:


https://chicopee.com/en-eu


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