Over the past few years, because of the H1N1 virus, infection control has become more of a trending topic than it ever has before. Since germs and bacteria are all around us, it is important to be proactive in preventing their spread.
While many illnesses and infections are prevented through proper hand washing, infection control also needs to be addressed in your cleaning.
Wiping products are used in all areas of cleaning and are often crucial in helping to stop the spread of germs. There are several wiping options known to reduce the spread of infectious germs and bacteria, such as color-coded microfiber cloths, mops and rags. Microfiber technology is extremely helpful in preventing cross-contamination.
For example, using red tools for toilets, yellow for sinks and mirrors and blue for windows and dusting, can help you avoid cross-contamination and spreading germs from room to room. Color coding is a way of simplyfying your cleaning. It is also easier to recognize what product to use and where.
Microfiber cloths and mops also contain about 95 percent of bacteria on a surface, while traditional products may spread the bacteria around. Plus, microfiber cloths and pads are easier to swap out from room to room, so they are less likely to be used in multiple settings.
Even though the initial cost is more than a cotton mop, microfiber products are washable 400 to 700 times. Microfiber cloths can be used and reused if you simply wash them in a gentle cycle with detergent.
What are microfiber cloths and mops made of?
Microfiber cloths consist of an interlocking blend of two fibers: Polyester and polyamide, a nylon material. Polyester is an effective scrubbing and cleaning fiber, while polyamide is an absorbent, quick-drying fiber.
Combining the two is what makes microfiber such a unique and effective material, as they do not harbor bacteria like their cotton counterparts. In fact, microfiber is a naturally antibacterial material.
Each microscopic strand of microfiber has been split, creating millions of tiny hooks that attract, absorb and remove all kinds of dirt, dust and bacteria.
Unlike traditional cotton and paper wiping products or cotton mops that tend to push or smear dirt and grime, microfiber actually gets underneath the dirt and germs, scraping them from the surface and trapping them until the cloth or mop is laundered.
Microfiber has become a universally used cloth because of its cleaning capabilities and cost effectiveness.
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