Microfiber has become a staple in many cleaning products, from mop heads to dust clothes and beyond. This material’s ability to clean and absorb liquids has made it one of the most sought-after supplies in the industry. With that in mind, the effectiveness of the microfiber is measured by how clean it is kept. Soiled microfiber is no better than a dirty sponge for a cleaning company. Let’s take a closer look at the importance of laundering microfiber cleaning products, followed by a guide for that laundering process.
One of the most important reasons for laundering microfiber is to prevent cross contamination between rooms, floors, or buildings. This is especially true for hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare facilities. Transferring germs and bacteria from one room to the next could put other patients at risk of developing health issues later on. Some office environments can use the same mop heads and cleaning rags for multiple rooms, while others require a single set of cloth products for each room. That set is put into a special compartment on the cleaning cart to be washed later on.
Minimizing Bacteria Growth
If not properly laundered, microfiber can act as the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. This is about more than just cross contamination. It’s about spreading and growing the bacteria that you’ve already picked up from a room. The laundering process is important as a whole, but the timeliness of it is just as important. Acting quickly will prevent the cloths from getting overrun with bacteria.
This is more a matter of using proper vs. improper cleaning techniques for microfiber. Improper cleaning techniques often leave debris in the microfiber that can prevent it from being as absorbent as it would normally be. This also has a risk of melting the fine fibers if the heat is too high in the wash or dry settings. With the right cleaning techniques, users can keep the same cloths going for a long period of time without interruption. Without cleaning, or without proper cleaning, the cloths will lose their efficiency quite quickly.
NOTE: The more efficient the cloths are, the less work the cleaning crew has to do. This prevents them from having to go over the same area with the same mop head or cloth multiple times in a row. Over the course of a day, this can make a big difference in the amount of work someone is able to accomplish.
By laundering microfiber properly, cleaning companies can significantly extend the lives of their microfiber products. This not only saves them money in cleaning costs, but it also saves their clients money in the long run. Whether you choose to launder the microfiber on-site or do it in a separate facility, you should see a big drop in replacement products just by taking proper care of the ones you already have.
Reducing the Environmental Impact
In addition to saving money on microfiber products, extending the lives of these products inevitably reduces waste. This puts less strain on the environment and leaves more room for other waste later on. Here at RJC Enterprises, we strive for green cleaning in every area of our janitorial services, from the products we use to the amount of waste we create along the way. Something as simple as taking good care of microfiber towels and mop heads can do wonders for Mother Natural as a whole.