very heavy when wet – far from ideal when you’re heading to the pool.

Fast forward a decade and European developers took another look and realised that while it would never make the perfect bikini, microfibre would be ideal for use in cleaning.

The first professional microfibre cloths were marketed around 2001, and since then production processes have been honed so that today’s premium cloths are made from 100% microfibre, without the addition of nylon or polyester. Generally speaking, the higher the microfibre content, and the finer the fibres themselves, the more effective the clean.

“Tests have shown that 93% of mops still contained dangerous levels of germs even after washing.”

Chicopee (a brand of Berry) wanted to create a disposable cloth that could replace conventional materials and deliver exceptional performance without being bulky.

Chicopee’s patented APEX technology, combined with the use of high-pressure water jets, allowed us to create tiny fibres capable of superior surface cleaning and an enhanced capillary action to capture dirt and bacteria. Microfibres are positively charged whereas dirt, dust and bacteria have a negative charge and are attracted to the microfibre like a magnet, remaining trapped within the fibres until the cloth is rinsed or discarded.

This process has enabled Chicopee to produce fibres that are 80% finer than standard microfibre, capable of removing up to 99.99% of bacteria without the use of chemicals.

The Microfibre Light, for instance, removes potentially harmful bacteria and dirt without passing it onto the next surface to be cleaned, yet remains light, soft and supple. This makes it ideal for many applications including healthcare, food service and general cleaning, while it is gentle enough to be used for cleaning touchscreens, glass or polishing chrome surfaces.

An added benefit is that because the cloth is disposable, there is no need for time, money or water to be wasted on laundry – it is simply discarded after use.

Floor them with high technology The same microfibre technology is also available for floor care. Gone are the days of cleaning staff carrying heavy buckets of water and string mops around the building, along with the dangers of accidental slips and falls.

Flat microfibre floor pads have been on the market for some time; however, dirt and dust tend to build up at the front of the pad, meaning it needs to be changed frequently to maintain a sufficient level of performance.

Additionally, laundering can be inadequate for fully removing debris and bacteria, which in turn leaves the next area to be cleaned vulnerable to cross- contamination. Tests have shown that 93% of mops still contained dangerous levels of germs even after washing.

Chicopee’s Microfibre Floor Mops are made from the same high-quality material as the Microfibre Light, therefore they too are capable of removing 99.99% of microbes without the use of chemicals. This eradicates the danger of cross-contamination while delivering a superior cleaning performance.

The mopping tool itself has been ergonomically designed and is both light and flexible, with a soft foam base to provide a cushioning effect plus an angled base to make it more comfortable to use, while allowing dirt to collect in the middle of the mop rather than along the edge.

Cleaning fluid is held in a refillable reservoir attached to the mopping tool, rather than saturating the actual mop, and is dispensed as and when needed by pulling a trigger on the tool. This significantly reduces both the amount of liquid used and the danger of people slipping on wet floors.

Wipe out costs, not the planet Disposable is not a term generally associated with sustainable practices; however, many of the options available today present a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to traditional wipes and mops through their ability to clean without the use of harsh chemicals or gallons of water.

Microfibre cloths are capable of removing dirt and microbes without the use of chemicals, combating the effect of bacterial resistance.

The World Health Organisation has identified antimicrobial resistance as, “an increasingly serious threat to global public health that requires action across all government sectors and society”.

Biocides used in disinfectants and antiseptics will kill viruses if used at the correct strength, but if diluted too much, can cause bacteria to become resistant to treatment, according to research. Switching to disposable microfibre cloths are one way to reduce reliance on chemicals and take a step towards reversing this trend.

A further yet vitally important benefit is that using disposable cloths and mops leads to reduced costs, as not only do they require no laundry, the cleaning process is speeded up, which in turn reduces labour time.

Some disposable cloths are even completely biodegradable and compostable. Chicopee’s J-Cloth Plus Biodegradable can be simply rinsed after use and put into the food waste bin for composing.

To watch a short video explaining how it works:


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